Oct 13, 2014

A Wonderful Post by Krysten Lindsay Hager + Giveaway!

It was a thrilling experience when I first saw the cover of my novel,

True Colors. Back when I signed the book contract, I wondered what the

cover would look like—I pictured seeing the title, what they’d choose for the

picture and background, and seeing my name on it, too. When the time

came to discuss the cover, I sent the cover artist a link to my Pinterest board

of how I imagined some of the key characters in my book. Then some

pictures were emailed to me and one of the girls reminded me of a couple of

my cousins. I saw one picture and thought, “Oh, she looks like family. That’s

my Landry.” And later, when I saw the entire cover with its poppy cheerful

colors and the three other girls on it— it just took my breath away. I briefly

wondered if the ”Landry” model knew anything about being on the cover the

book, but it wasn’t until I saw Facebook pictures of writer friends who went to

a romance writing conference that I thought more about it. I saw so many of

the authors there taking pictures with their male cover models who were also

at the conference. I thought, wow, wouldn’t it be amazing to meet my cover


Fast forward two months and I got an email on my Facebook author

page from the cover model, Evell. Her friend had seen the book online and

showed it to her. I was in shock. She told me the picture was four years old

and she was now twenty­two (that was total shock since my character is

thirteen and turns fourteen in the story). She was very sweet and we became

Facebook friends and then I noticed where she was from—Poland. Not only

was that a coincidence since I’m Polish (and I said she looked like some of

my family members), but she was also from a town right next to the city

where my great­grandfather lived before coming to the United States. There

were so many little coincidences—and the fact she even found out about the

book is amazing. It’s crazy how fate can play a role in things like that. Plus,

she shared some photos of herself and it was surreal getting to see “Landry”

in her twenties!

My birthday was about a week later and Evell wrote a birthday wish

on my Facebook wall. She wrote, ““Remember that you’re never gonna lose,

either win or learn.” That has become my new motto. Everything about this

book writing (and publishing) journey has been a learning experience—it has

showed me so much about life, friendships (for one, can you believe I’m still

having some of the same conversations about friends that Landry has in the

book—and she’s in eighth grade?), and how the universe is anything but


As I get feedback on the book from both friends and readers I have

never met before, I see how there is so much common ground between all of

us. I have had comments from a 76 year­old man telling me he wish he had

read this book when his twins were this age and how he can flash back to

those days himself, to a single father saying reading it with his girls has

helped him understand what they are going through as they deal with their

early teen years. I’ve heard from moms with kids dealing with the same

friend drama and from friends my age who say that not only does the story

bring back memories, but they realize they are still dealing with the same

“frenemies” stuff they thought they left behind in junior high. Even my

husband said reading the story made him realize how girls that age were

going through the same confusion the way boys at that age are/were. The

one thing I hear over and over again is, “We all go through it,” and I realize

how much we are all connected.

Right after I wrote this post, I turned on the Oprah interview with Ali

MacGraw and Ali was talking about how people in society are all

connected....exactly one minute after I had typed that very same thing.

Perhaps I need to write a book where the main character wins the lottery...


True Colors by Krysten Hager

Book Blurb

Every day I walked down the sidewalk to school and wished I were one of the interesting popular

girls who ran up with exciting news. Just once I’d like to be one of those girls instead of the being

the one who didn’t get invited to things because people “forgot” about me.

Landry gets pushed into trying out for the American Ingénue reality show modeling competition

with her two best friends. She doesn’t think she stands a chance, but she advances to the next level

in the competition and her friends ignore her when they get cut.

Enter the gorgeous Devon, who also makes the first cut and includes Landry in her clique. Devon

becomes the perfect best friend, but can their friendship survive the competition?

Landry hopes her big break could come at any moment, but soon sees there’s much more to

modeling. She begins missing out on being with friends and has the chance to have a boyfriend

when she meets a boy named Vladi from another school.

Part of Landry wants to be famous (and have her hair look good for once), but part of her just

wants to be accepted. She learns about friendships, being true to yourself, and that a good hair

conditioner doesn’t hurt.

Author Bio

Krysten Lindsay Hager is an author and book addict who has never met a bookstore she didn’t

like. She’s worked as a journalist and also writes middle grade, YA, humor essays, and adult

fiction. TRUE COLORS is her bestselling debut novel from Astraea Press. She is originally from

Michigan and has lived in South Dakota, Portugal, and currently resides in Southern Ohio where

you can find her reading and writing. She received her master’s in American Culture from the

University of Michigan­Flint.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for being part of the tour :)


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