Author Insight: Krysten Lindsay Hager

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Krysten Lindsay Hager is the author of Can Dreams Come True? (see the review here!)

She writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, crushes, fame, first loves, and values. She is the author of True Colors, Best Friends…Forever?, Next Door to a Star, Landry in Like, and Competing with the Star (The Star Series: Book 2). Her work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Bellbrook Times, and on Living Dayton.

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Today, we are lucky enough to have Krysten joining us to share an insight into the writing process for Can Dreams Come True?

Specifically, she’s talking about her Pop Star Influences and Inspirations.

Over to you Krysten!

Pop Star Influences and Inspiration

When I was writing, Can Dreams Come True, I was thinking about my favorite singers—like Ed Sheeran and George Michael who has been my pop star crush since I was a kid.

Sure, the Andrew character had taken on more and more of his own persona as I wrote the story, but then George Michael passed away.

I was numb for a while after hearing about it and to give you an idea of how big a fan I was, my Christmas was spent hearing from people I hadn’t talked to since we shared crayons asking if I was okay on social media. It might seem weird that I was so hit by the death of a celebrity, but his music had been the soundtrack to my entire life—even both my grandpas used to listen to his music with me.

When he passed, the last thing on my mind was the book until a reader on social media (who had seen earlier posts about him influencing my next book) asked if it was going to cause a problem for me in finishing the project. I just sat there with my mind reeling because I hadn’t even thought about the book—I was too busy being sad.

I wondered if I even could go back and finish this book since it would feel so strange knowing one of my inspirations for it was gone. So I took a break and tried to regroup.

Then somebody posted a video of George in a fan group where he talked about the period of grief he was in when his partner died and then he lost his mom in a four-year period and how emotionally devastating that was. He talked about how he couldn’t write during his grieving process.

It hit me on two levels: for one I had lost my dad and an aunt who was like a second mother to me in a one-year period recently. Then, four months later, George, my “fake husband” since childhood, died and that left me reeling. Seeing George talking about his struggle to write during his grief hit me.

I got some encouragement from my best friend, Laura, so I decided to reread what I had already written to see if I could continue writing this character.

I went back to the project and found Andrew Holiday, the pop star, definitely had his own separate identity and although George would always be the reason I began writing the story, Andrew had his own personality and, as I soon learned, his own story to tell, which is how I knew this was going to be a new series.

I am so grateful that I had an inspirational figure like George while I was growing up and I hope he continues to inspire other people as well.

Thank you so much to Krysten for giving us this insight into her writing process and the unexpected obstacles which can crop up along the way.

Make sure you check out Can Dreams Come True? and begin following Cecily on her journey to building a real relationship with someone she once idolized from afar.

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Check out some more Contemporary books: Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index, Sunflowers in February or Love, Hate and Other Filters

Thanks for reading!

3 Comments Add yours

  1. yesmoreblogs says:

    Really insightful post 😁

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Glad you enjoyed it!

      Liked by 1 person

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