We are thrilled to be taking part in the Until There Was You blog tour, put together by Kristan Higgins publicist! Today, in celebration of her newest release, Best-Selling Author and two-time RITA winner Kristan Higgins is visiting with us today.
Cynthia and Crystal have tagged teamed ENAR’s part in the tour with a review and a Q&A. We hope you enjoy! Click here to read our review.
Plus, don’t miss the information at the end of the post on how to win an Advanced Reader Copy donated by Ms. Higgins publicist.
What was your favorite part about writing Until There Was You?
I loved writing Liam’s point of view, both because the male POV was new for me and because he’s such a compelling combination of neurotic dad and hottie leather jacket dude. I also admit to a fondness for scenes in which the heroine is a little tipsy. There’s just a fun, stream of consciousness element to it.
The toughest scene in this book was writing Posey as a teenager. Her hope was so fiery, and her plight as an outsider was so touching for me. It took a few drafts to get that scene just right, so that she was sympathetic without being a loser, and yet brave enough to do what she did.
In Until There Was You, Nicole, Liam’s daughter, is 15 years old. You’ve got the 15-year-old mind set, words, eye rolls, and life’s important issues perfect. Here are a couple of our favorite interactions between Liam and Nicole.
Nicole: You won’t be going alone. Mrs. Antonelli’s going, too. I told her you’d take her.
Liam: Wow. Thanks. She’s definitely my type. Some people think the over-eighty crowd is past their prime but not me.
Nicole: Dad, gross. Okay?
Liam: Well, listen, sweetheart. Boys only want one thing, of course, and guess what that means for you? Heartbreak. Pregnancy. Chlamydia, herpes, syphilis, crabs.
Nicole: That’s beautiful, Dad. You should set it to music
Was any of Nicole (phrasing, complaints, dress, or eye rolls) taken from your personal experience as a one-time fifteen year old or from your current teenage daughter?
Love that question! No, I was perfect as a teenager (you can call my mom and verify this). And I’ve been blessed with a very sweet-natured daughter. Nicole is simply an amalgamation of listening to teenage girls and my own imagination. There might be a phrase or two I co-opted from my daughter, but not the character herself.
This book had a different tone and feel to the story than your previous books. Would you say it leans more toward women’s fiction with a touch of romance as opposed to a work of romantic fiction.
Did it have a different tone, do you think? I just write the way I think, so it’s not a conscious effort. When I sit down to write a book, I’m not thinking about the market or the genre…it’s really all about the characters and their stories. I’m very glad readers of both genres find something in my books, that’s for sure, but where they fall categorically is something I’ll leave up to the experts.
We fell in love with Jon, Posey’s brother-in-law. What a wonderful character. Totally made-up out of your head, or is he like anyone you personally know?
Thank you! I also love Jon, the wise and gentle (and handsome and hilarious) brother-in-law. He’s totally made up, alas. I’d love to have a best friend just like him!
We think our blog visitors would love to know more about Kristan, the person.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever given your 13 y/o son? Your 15 y/o daughter?
The advice is the same for both of them: Do your best, and be kind. Can’t ask for more than that.
When you were growing up, what was the best piece of advice given to you by your mother or father? Why was that advice important?
My father’s advice was more through his example. He was a guy who took on any challenge, and if he took it one, he’d follow it through and do it well. I lack his supreme confidence, but I definitely try to give my all.
If you weren’t a writer, wife, and mother, what would you be?
A pediatric surgeon with Doctors Without Borders. What could be more noble? I went into college fully intending to be a doctor, started taking the math classes and choked. Small wonder that my very first heroine was a doctor.
What is the worst household chore you still have to do (now that your a Big Time Author)?
Nobody can clean a bathroom like yours truly. It’s a gift. Tragically, I still have to do all household chores. No butler or live-in help yet (or ever, that would be too weird! I always thought Alice on The Brady Bunch had it rough, that little room off the kitchen, no life…). McIrish, my sainted husband, does most of the cooking and grocery shopping, so I’m lucky there.
You get to throw away one kitchen item. How high ranking is the cast-iron griddle?
That griddle! The thing must weigh 20 pounds. I was just cursing it this weekend after I made pancakes! It would be #1, baby, except I’m saving it for my husband’s gravestone.
I’ve heard you suffer from MSD. For those who are unfamiliar with MSD, it stands for Medical Student Disease…patients suffer from the current disease being studied or the disease detailed on last night’s national news. What MSD are you battling at this time?
Oh, the same as ever. Lou Gehrig’s Disease. A) I’m very faithful to the people I love, and I love Lou Gehrig; B) I’m a Yankees fan; and C) What could be more tragic?
Thanks for the great questions! I had a blast!
Now the good news, Kristan’s publicist has donated an Advanced Reader’s Copy of UNTIL THERE WAS YOU for one lucky commenter. Leave a comment for a chance to win. Be sure to PLEASE PLEASE leave us an email address so we can contact you if you win.
So if you had Kristan Higgins hog-tied, er, available to answer questions, what would you want to know?