Romance, Wine & Chocolate ’18 Author Spotlight Q&A with Kristan Higgins!

In August we begin a series of 10 Author Spotlights with a brief Q&A introducing each of the amazing authors attending  Romance, Wine & Chocolate ’18  on August 31st in Orlando, FL. 
Author #1: Today’s featured author is this year’s Keynote Speaker, the one and only, Kristan Higgins!
Books by Kristan Higgins
Kristan Higgins is the New York Times, USA TodayWall Street Journal and
Publishers Weekly bestselling
author of nearly twenty novels, which have been translated into more
than two dozen languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. Her
books
have received many awards and accolades, including starred reviews from
Kirkus, the New York Journal of Books, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and Booklist.
She is a six-time nominee for The Kirkus Prize for best work of fiction
and a three-time winner of the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious
RITA Award.
Kristan lives in Connecticut with her heroic firefighter

husband, their two kind-hearted, snarky and
long-lashed children and several poorly behaved animals. In addition
to being an author, Kristan is an award-winning baker and a fan of naps,
books and movies, not necessarily in that order.

 Q&A with Kristan Higgins:

1. What genres do you write?
Women’s fiction and romantic comedy

2.Coffee or tea lover?
COFFEE!

3 Name one thing on your bucket list
Hang-gliding.

4. Do you have pets?
Willow, doggy mutt
Luther, doggy mutt
Huckleberry: magnificent cat god

5. When I wake up every morning I…
tell everyone in the house about my exciting dreams, even though they try not to listen.

6. Do you have any hobbies or particular skills?

I’m a baby whisperer, a champion bed-maker and a pretty good baker.

7. Weirdest or unique thing you own.
This Christmas, my daughter gave me a little cardboard box containing one of her toenails, that came off when she banged her toe. So yeah, that’s the weirdest. For now, anyway.

8. What do you hope readers will experience or gain when reading your stories?
Laugh, cry, laugh again, and feel like they’ve made a friend.

9. What inspired you to write Good Luck With That

When I was four years old, I was the first girl eliminated from a beauty pageant. The reason the judge gave was I was too chubby. I was four! It was the first time I was made aware that my body was somehow not perfectly acceptable. My childhood was laced with reminders of that message, from family members telling me I was fat, asking if I needed dessert, commenting on my weight. In school, I constantly compared my shape to other girls. Every time I had a big event in my life, like going off to college or being in a friend’s wedding, I’d tell myself to lose weight. One of my boyfriends told me I needed to drop a few pounds.
 
The messages to girls and women is everywhere: look a certain way or you’re lazy, slothful, a glutton…wrong. GOOD LUCK WITH THAT addresses all those messages, and the damage it can leave behind. It embraces the power of female friendship, self care and acceptance NOW, not when you weigh a certain amount or look a certain way. I wrote the book for the four-year-old I was, and for all of us who’ve been told we weren’t enough, or we were too much. Screw that. We are lovely exactly as we are, and the sooner THAT message gets through, the better life will be for all of us.

New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins is beloved
for her heartfelt novels filled with humor and wisdom. Now, she tackles
an issue every woman deals with: body image and self-acceptance.

Emerson,
Georgia, and Marley have been best friends ever since they met at a
weight-loss camp as teens. When Emerson tragically passes away, she
leaves one final wish for her best friends: to conquer the fears they
still carry as adults.

For each of them, that means something
different. For Marley, it’s coming to terms with the survivor’s guilt
she’s carried around since her twin sister’s death, which has left her
blind to the real chance for romance in her life. For Georgia, it’s
about learning to stop trying to live up to her mother’s and brother’s
ridiculous standards, and learning to accept the love her ex-husband has
tried to give her.

But as Marley and Georgia grow stronger, the
real meaning of Emerson’s dying wish becomes truly clear: more than
anything, she wanted her friends to love themselves.

A novel of compassion and insight, Good Luck With That tells the story of two women who learn to embrace themselves just the way they are.

Are you attending Romance, Wine & Chocolate ’18? Have you in the past? Are you a fan of Kristan Higgins? Which are some of your favorites by Kristan? I’d love to hear from you!
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