EVA PALUMBO: Ciao Kristen and welcome to LMBR!
KRISTAN HIGGINS: Ciao, Eva! Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog! I was in Italy this past fall (Venice and Milan), and had such a lovely, magical time meeting readers and seeing the sights. I hope to come back soon, because like just about all Americans, I fell madly in love with your country.

EP: What is the first thing you do when you sit in front of your PC to start a new story? Do you begin from the characters, from their appearance and personality, or from the central heart of the plot?
KH: When I start my work day, I read what I’ve written the day before, to see where I am, to tweak and fill in some spots, delete others. Then I work on the next scene. All my books are focused on the characters, but I often come up with the plot idea first. What if your fiancé fell in love with your sister? What if your ex-husband was still your best friend? What if you thought you had a great marriage, and then found out your husband was cheating on you?

EP:  Among those you created for your books, which is your favorite main male character? I mean, which is the character you mostly "fell in love with", and for which you have been happiest for him to find his "Happily Ever After"?
KH: That question is so difficult to answer! It depends on the day. I loved Tom Barlow from THE PERFECT MATCH (Blue Heron #2), because he was so noble and steadfast in his devotion to his unofficial stepson. Lucas, the hero in WAITING ON YOU…well, it was incredibly satisfying to give him his happily ever after. I find it’s necessary to fall in love with each of my heroes; luckily, my husband is a very tolerant man.

EP:  The love story among the two main characters is of course the heart of your books, but beside it we fans of your stories mostly adore the dense storyline, made of several "family" subplots. It is so well organized, and makes your books realistic and familiar also when located in places far away from our daily life, as for example the typical American province. After more than 10 books, where do you draw inspiration to create the sequence of events, both fun and touching, with which you design your "real life stories"?
KH: I love to listen to people’s stories, and I do love families. I come from a big, boisterous family myself, and the complexities and love and allegiances are endlessly fascinating. I think that’s why my books are so popular in Italy—the family element resonates. And of course, Italy is the most romantic country in the world! As for setting, I’m from a small town myself, so I like to write about close-knit communities without making them too adorable. I want them to reflect real-life issues and challenges. I live in a beautiful part of America, and a very diverse part; we have big cities and tiny towns, farmland and seaports, so there’s a lot to choose from.

EP: You are considered one of the best worldwide writers within a category that here in Italy is called "brilliant contemporary romance". We guess that, also for professional reasons, you are a passionate reader of the same book category. Which is your favorite kind of books? Do you like historical romances, romantic suspense or which other genre of books? Which is your "must read" writer?
KH: I read a lot of literary fiction, some grittier mysteries (The Husband’s Secret, for example), the occasional horror novel. But I do love historical romance very much! Eloisa James and Sherry Thomas are among my favorites in that genre, and in literary fiction that’s fun and brilliant, I love Elinor Lipman and Jonathan Tropper.

EP: Unfortunately, here in Italy we are quite late with the Italian version of your books: the third book in the "Blue Heron" series (Waiting on you, in Italian "Aspettando te"), will be in the bookstores on June 16th this year, and we know that other two more books  are likely to be expected here in Italy in the near future (the fourth book in the "Blue Heron" series, and the stand alone "If you only knew", that will be published in US  next September). While waiting for your other wonderful novels to be translated and distributed in Italy, would you satisfy our curiosity and tell us if you are already working on something new? Just some hints on the plot or the characters?
KH: My next novel after WAITING ON YOU will be another Blue Heron book, and readers can see Connor O’Rourke, the grouchy twin of Colleen, get his story. That book is in production here in North America. The book I’m writing now is about two sisters who find their romantic situations dramatically changed in the same night. That’s another women’s fiction novel (that’s what we call here in the States—a book that focuses on the women’s lives, with romance a big part of the story but not perhaps quite as much as a traditional romance). After that, I think I’ll write another series. It’s so nice to have a place to revisit, and secondary characters who get to pop back in.

EP:Thank you very much for your kindness, Kristan.
KE: Thank you so much for having me! It’s a great honor!


Kristan Higgins is the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, USA TODAY and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and a two-time winner of the Romance Writers of America RITA Award. Her books have been translated into more than twenty languages and received numerous starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Library Journal, Kirkus and Romantic Times. She is a four-time nominee for The Kirkus Prize for best work of fiction.
Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, National Public Radio, Library Journal, iBooks and Amazon have named Kristan's books to their best books of the year numerous times. The author is a popular speaker at schools, writers conferences, bookstores and book festivals.
Before she was a writer, Kristan worked in advertising and public relations. She waited tables and nannied while in high school and college, cleaned houses as a young mother, and is the proud descendant of a laundress and a butcher.
The author loves animals, children (even teenagers), the New York Yankees and dessert.
Along with her heroic and tolerant firefighter husband and two snarky and entertaining children, Kristan lives in her hometown in Connecticut.


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