Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A Day in the Life of… Kristan Higgins (& Giveaway)

 

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A Day in the Life of.....

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I live in a small Connecticut town with a beautiful library, a great agricultural fair, nice people and not much else. I have two lovely, entertaining children and a brave firefighter for a husband, who is, perhaps more importantly, a fantastic cook. Digger from Fools Rush In is inspired my very own Digger, our cheerful Lab mutt. We also have two cats and grieve for an occasional, short-lived beta fish.

I worked as a copywriter until I had kids and started writing fiction when my children graced my life with simultaneous afternoon naps. Writing, I surmised, was infinitely more satisfying than folding laundry, and so I started my first novel. Before long, I had finished Stalking Joe, whose title was later changed to Fools Rush In. Catch of the Day followed, winning the 2008 Romance Writers of America's RITA© award, which just thrilled me to my toes. Then came Just One of the Guys (August 08), Too Good To Be True (Feb 09), The Next Best Thing (Feb 10), and All I Ever Wanted, summer 2010. More books are in the pipeline.

I love to write books about relationships, since the search for love and security is one of the driving forces of life. And I try to focus on an aspect that’s common, if not universal, hence the “stalking” in Fools Rush In and the crush on the unattainable man in Catch of the Day. People ask if I’ve ever stalked a guy. Of course not! Jeez! Come on! It’s fiction! They also ask if I’ve ever had a crush on a priest. Of course not! Jeez! Come on! It’s fiction! As far as being crazy about one of my brother's friends, which is the plot of Just One of the Guys, well, yes to that one. But I'm not naming names. Dating a fictional man, like Grace does in Too Good To Be True? Um...can I take the fifth on that one? Whether it's my own experience or not, I try to find something we can all relate to.Kristan Higgins

When I’m not writing, I like to be with my kids, goof around with my husband, read, watch baseball, ride my bike and bake. I suffer from chronic bedhead and an unhealthy (and completely understandable) obsession with Derek Jeter, shortstop for the New York Yankees. Like Millie Barnes, I run, which provides the neighbors with some real entertainment.

We spend as much time as possible at our family home on Cape Cod, swimming in the Atlantic, shivering on the beach, swatting horseflies and watching fish evade my lure at Higgins Pond. It’s as close to heaven as it gets.

A Day in the Life of Kristan Higgins

5:30: Alarm goes off. I stumble into the great room and gratefully accept coffee from McIrish, my sainted husband. Watch the news or read until it’s time to make Princess Daughter and Dearest Son breakfast, pack their lunches, draw a cartoon on PD’s napkin (DS too cool). Walk DS down to the bus stop, wave, call out reminders and love, go back home. Drive PD to school, return home, make a smoothie, post something to Facebook, check email, check calendar, get butt to office, which is just down the street. No wifi there, which makes me more productive than I am when bouncing back and forth from Google.

8:30-2:15: Work. This constitutes talking aloud, typing at least 10 pages of new material, editing, making notes on past or future scenes. Sometimes it includes lying on the floor with the dog, wondering what I need to do to fix an aspect of the job. Sometimes it involves taking a walk, because that frees up my brain pretty effectively. Of course, the neighbors are used to me talking to myself by now and just leave me alone.

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2:30-5:30: Kid stuff. Cross country meets, library runs, dentist appointments, whatever they need. When possible, I bring my laptop and do stuff like write blogs, answer fan male, work on an article or speech. But I try not to be too obsessed with work when I’m with the kids, because of course, they matter more than anything else I’ll ever do. Plus, I really love them.

5:30-6:30: Dinner with family. Every night. J Unless, of course, I’m traveling or once or twice a month when I go out with my pals or McIrish himself.

6:30-8:30: Work again. This is when I research things in my manuscript where there are holes (everything from insider trading fraud to the sport of curling). More emailing and the like.

And then I watch baseball or a movie with McIrish or read till beddy-bye.

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GIVEAWAY

One lucky commenter is going to win a copy of Kristan’s book
UNTIL THERE WAS YOU!

This is open to US residents only.

Must be 18 or older.

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment for Kristan, along with your email address!

emailaddress (at) gmail (dot) com

Giveaway will be open until October 23rd, 2012 (midnight EST)

Winner will be randomly selected and contacted by email.

30 comments:

  1. Cape Cod is on my bucket list.
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  2. Now this is the kind of life I know I can get used to & love. Especially the Cape Cod part. I always wondered how writers got their start. Your blog here makes it seem like it was pretty easy. Nothing better then a man who can cook too. 31 yrs married here and have never cooked a Sunday breakfast, he does it all. He also cooks during the week but boy did I get spoiled on Sunday's. When my 3 kids were little Saturdays were for pancakes,which I made. But now they r older, the youngest being 16 & she loves to cook. Also has a passion for reading she got from who else but Me of course. LOL. Loved your posts. Keep up the good work.

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  3. I haven't gotten my hands on this one yet, but it's close to the top of my TBR pile, so that means I'll have to figure something out before I get to it. LOL
    I've read and loved several of your other books and it would be super great to actually win one. Thanks for the chance.

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    1. And, once again my mind runs away from me.
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  4. Loved reading about your day!!! Thanks for sharing!!! Unfortunately I do not live in the US so can't enter, but I've read several of your books also! :)

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  5. Have enjoyed and re-read all of your books. Don't have a mcIrish (though they are silver tongued devils). Do have an English version (Lord Lee). And when my two teens (boy and girl) were babies, dubbed one, Sir Poops-alot, and the other, Princess Poopalina Hardturd. You can guess which was which, I imagine. Um, and why. Thanks for sharing your day.

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  6. My friend has just shared your books with me so I am a new fan. Love what I have read so far and am beginning my on collection. I have decided I must be a book "hoarder".
    Sonya Miller
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  7. Absolutely am so glad I found you and I am 'stalking' you for another story and Maggie and Malone. I was so shocked when I emailed you about this infatuation that you answered so quickly. It warmed my heart but I still love Malone and we still don't know enough about him. He just makes me smile and on my recent trip to the Outer Banks I had a full Nook and caught myself going back and re-reading Catch of the Day. Guess the ocean and the crab boats made me think of Malone. Thanks for sharing your day and sharing yourself on FB. Have fun with Jill! You introduced me to her and I love her too.
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  8. Love your books and your wild sense of humor. Discovered you when I bought a copy of One of the Guys a few years ago & have read everything of yours I could get my grubby hands on. Can't wait for your next book, whenever that will be. Your day sounds good, but don't you miss the interaction with other people or other adults?

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  9. Loved hearing a little more about you., love your books, and posts on Facebook. My email is jenkskl07@gmail.com

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  10. Mary Jeanne HooverOctober 17, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    I'm working my way through your booklist. I love your sense of humor. Thanks for sharing a bit of your life. I agree that no matter what our job is, family comes first! Email is stanmj67@yahoo.com.

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  11. Wish I could be as organized in my day as you. Love the laugh out loud characters in your books. After work, middle school homework (youngest daughter), then college homework proofing (eldest daughter); I need the escape. Your books provide a great one. Trying to get my sister to read some, I think she would really get a kick out of then.

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  12. thanks for sharing your day!!

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  13. Love the Cape and I love your books lets just say they never make it to the archives on my kindle cause I retrad them often


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  14. Fabulous post! I just adore you and all of your books. Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Joan Siegel bigbirdy5@aol.comOctober 17, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Sounds like you lead a very productive and rewarding life! Good for you for realizing how important your children are in the grand scheme of things. Would love to win a copy of Until There Was You! Thanks for sharing.

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  16. Loved the glimpse, thanks, Kristan!

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  17. I love all of your books. Thanks for taking the time to share your day. Sounds like you have a great family & a great appreciation for them. They are lucky to have you!

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  18. love your writing. how nice McIrish makes the coffee for you--my DH can barely make me a cup of tea when I'm sick. find it amusing you felt the need to explain who derek jeter is. :)

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  19. Nice post. Thanks for sharing about your day.

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  20. hi im a new follower :) my blog is at http://penelopeworldofbooks.blogspot.ca/ if you would like to check it out and maybe follow - i also have a great giveaway going on!

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  21. I always stop to look at a book with Kristin Higgins' name on it!

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  22. You forgot to allow any time to catch up with Jill Shalvis!

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  23. I have loved every of yours that i've read - Somebody to Love made me laugh out loud several times. Your humor is wonderful and I look forward to your posts on goodreads and fb. The cowboy wars w/ Jill shalvis was a hoot.
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  24. Sounds great! I'd love to be entered. Thanks for the chance.

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  25. What a beautiful person you are and what a lovely family. I really like your books and appreciate the chance to win anything you've written. Thanks so very much for sharing.

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  26. Sounds like a slice of heaven!

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  27. Total fan of your books, they read like real life which I've found is much more enjoyable to me as a reader.

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  28. I just discovered your books and am hooked!

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