Today I’m excited to be part of the Can Dreams Come True by Author Krysten Lindsay Hager blog tour hosted by Neverland Blog Tours. Today I’m going to share a bit about the book AND an exclusive interview with the author herself. I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did!
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Can Dreams Come True?
Author: Krysten Lindsay Hager
Released: March 20, 2018
Book Blurb: Cecily has always had a huge crush on singer Andrew Holiday and she wants to be an actress, so she tags along when her friend auditions for his new video. However, the director isn’t looking for an actress, but rather the girl next door—and so is Andrew. Cecily gets a part in the video and all of Andrew’s attention on the set. Her friend begins to see red and Cecily’s boyfriend is seeing green—as in major jealousy. A misunderstanding leaves Cecily and her boyfriend on the outs and Andrew hopes to pick up the pieces as he’s looking for someone more stable in his life than the models he’s dated. Soon Cecily begins to realize Andrew understands her more than her small-town boyfriend—but can her perfect love match really be her favorite rock star?
Interview with the Author Krysten Lindsay Hager
What inspired you to write Can Dreams Come True?
I used my own celebrity crushes to create a “what if” moment. I wanted to see what the mindset would be for a girl who was put in that position to date her ultimate crush. I wanted to explore that kind of relationship and compare it to her normal high school relationship.
What do you hope readers will take away from your book?
I had been seeing a lot of people posting about stuff they were putting up with in relationships and red flags they had seen, but ignored from guys. This bothered me a lot and I wanted to show a character who starts questioning some little things that come up in her relationship that make her uncomfortable. Her hometown boyfriend blows her off when she brings anything up and he makes her feel paranoid, but there’s something there that doesn’t feel right to her.
I wanted to show that you shouldn’t disregard your own feelings and that if you see a red flag that you deserve to stand up for yourself. Cecily deals with insecurity issues and I wanted to show how the red flags start out small and then pretty soon you can be questioning everything—even your own worth. Then I put in the other relationship that’s based on being real and honest to show that does exist and you deserve that.
What character do you relate most to and why?
I relate to Cecily and Lila. They have my sense of humor and Cecily has my dreamer and over thinker side.
What is your favorite thing about being a writer?
When the storyline is taking off and you get in that zone and the world drops away.
Did you always want to be a writer?
Yes, I knew from a young age this was what I wanted to do.
Do you write with a plan or do you write and see where the story takes you?
I try to have a loose outline for my series books, but I really have to see where the story takes me. Sometimes the story or characters go down a road I never planned, but I let them go and see what happens.
What are the challenges of writing a series? Did you plan the series out before writing or did the books come together as a series once you’d begun writing the first one?
I knew I had a lot I wanted to do with this character, Cecily, and as I was writing the story I realized there was a lot I wanted to do with the Andrew character and the Lila character as well.
This is the first book in the series and I’m almost finished with book two and outlining book three. I kind of knew where I wanted book two to go, but what surprised me was how it went right into a book three! I had a lot of things I wanted Cecily to go through.
What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Things always look worse at night. Tomorrow is another day.
What are the things you can’t live without in your wardrobe?
Black pants. They take you everywhere.
What are the things you can’t live without in your makeup bag?
Lipstick. I can get away with no foundation or eye shadow, but my skin tone is all one color so a bit of lipstick helps brighten me up. I also like mineral makeup, blush, and eye shadow that I use as liner and on my brows.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I love watching movies, TV shows, and reading. I’ve moved a lot, so I love keeping up with my friends on social media since they’re spread out all over the globe.
What would you be doing if you weren’t an author?
I’d be a journalist, which was my first job. I truly loved it.
A few of your favorites…
Animal: polar bear
Movie: Just Friends
Celebrity: Jennifer Lopez
Author So many to choose from but I’ve been reading a lot of Lois Duncan lately
Scent: the smell of chicken soup on the stove
Word: Saying noodle instead of think. I’m always saying, “noodle on it,” or “noodle it,” when I tell people to think about something. It was something I saw in a TV show by an annoying character and it reminded me of something my grandpa used to say and I found myself saying it all the time.
Holiday: Valentine’s Day. It’s the holiday that perks you up during a boring part of winter
Coffee or tea? Tea
Summer or Winter? Both really. I hate really hot temps though
Sleep in or get up early? Getting up early is evil!
Apple or PC? PC