Author spotlight: Kristan Higgins
Kristan Higgins is the author of nine contemporary romances. She is a New York Times bestselling author and two-time winner of the Romance Writers of America RITA Award and was named ‘the master of small town romance’ by Romantic Times magazine. Kristan lives on the East Coast of the United States with her heroic firefighter husband and two lovely teenage children, as well as a rescued mutt and arrogant cat.
Welcome Kristan to our spotlight …
What are you most looking forward to at ARRC2013?
I can’t wait to meet the readers! I’ve never met an Aussie I didn’t want for a best friend. The reaction to my books has been phenomenal from Down Under, and it will be great meet some of my readers in person.
What are you most looking forward to doing in Australia?
Would it sound shallow if I said ‘eating’? I love to eat in new places, and I’m already amassing restaurant recommendations (feel free to shoot me some of yours!). My husband and I are planning to climb the bridge in Sydney, visit the Opera House and see a bit of the Great Barrier Reef (him from the water, me from the boat).
Tell us about your latest book…
My most recent release, Somebody to Love, is a riches-to-rags story. Parker Welles, a single mom and children’s book author, finds out life is about to change dramatically when her father announces he’s lost all her money in an insider trading scheme. The only thing she has left is a decrepit house on the coast of Maine, and the summer to fix it up. She’s definitely NOT happy when her father’s wingman shows up to lend a hand, but she can’t turn away his help, either.
James Cahill, or Thing One, as Parker calls him, has been watching Parker for years now. A crush on the boss’s daughter…not smart. He’s got his own problems to deal with, but first, he’ll help Parker flip her raggedy little house and maybe work off some of the guilt he’s carrying. Besides, the chance to be so close to the Princess is irresistible. He has six weeks to get her to see him as something other than a corporate drone.
Faithful readers will recognise a few characters from previous books (The Next Best Thing and Catch of the Day), and it was very fun to revisit some of them. This book has so many elements I love in a story: a ticking clock (Parker needs to sell the cottage before the end of the summer), enforced intimacy (James is right across the hall, which is EXTREMELY hard for Parker to ignore); a wonderful supporting cast; and a wicked cute dog. The reaction from readers and reviewers has been amazing, which is always such a relief. Sending a book out into the world is a bit like putting your kindergartner on the bus and saying a prayer that everyone likes him or her, so I’m really grateful that the book has been so well received. And if you haven’t read it yet, I hope you’ll love it!
What do you have coming up next?
My next book is called The Best Man, and it’s about Faith Holland, who returns to her hometown three years after being left at the altar to face the man she still loves and see if she can help the family-run vineyard. What she doesn’t plan on is such close proximity to Levi Cooper, the town’s chief of police, who just happens to have been not just the best man at her ill-fated wedding, but the man instrumental in calling it off.
The Best Man is the first in a series set around Blue Heron Vineyard and the tiny town of Manningsport, New York. My next two books will be set there as well, and really, it’s one of the most beautiful parts of the United States: deep, glacier lakes, vineyards and farms and lots of gorgeous forests and waterfalls. I think readers will love it. I certainly hope so!
If you haven’t tried one of Kristan’s books yet, what are you waiting for:
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