Today fellow Astraea author Krysten Lindsay Hagar is going to tell us all about her new release, True Colours.
The competition was for girls between the ages of thirteen and seventeen, but it felt like Ericka, Tori, and I were the youngest ones there. I only saw a couple of girls from school, and the lineup looked more like something you’d see on a music video set. All the girls were gorgeous, and they had these curvy womanly bodies. I looked like a skinny little kid next to them. The first girl walked out, and I heard the judges say she “owned the runway,” and, “walked like a gazelle.” I was starting to feel ill. I wasn’t sure which way it was going to come, but I knew I had to find a bathroom — fast. I started to get out of line when Ericka grabbed my wrist.
“It’s almost time,” she said. A tiny bit of spit flew out of her mouth and hit my cheek.
I wasn’t sure why she was so intent on me going through with it, but she had a death grip on my arm, so I didn’t have much of a choice. Her number was called and she walked out to the stage. One of the other girls said she walked like a kid with sand bucket stilts on her feet, but she came back with a smirk on her face like she knew she’d get chosen.
“They said they had never seen such long legs,” she said.
Tori was next.
“She walks like a gorilla at feeding time,” said the girl behind me. I went next, and I tried to focus on not tripping over my feet. My mom’s pumps had a rubber sole on the bottom, which probably wasn’t the brightest idea seeing as my shoes were making squeaking noises as I walked. I was so nervous I couldn’t stop smiling as I walked. I looked like the plastic clown who blows up balloons with its mouth at the Pizza Palace. When I got to the end of the runway, I tried to cross my feet to turn like the other girls had, but I over rotated and ended up doing a full spin which made my kilt fan out and gave the mall walkers a view of my blue underpants. I tried to act like it was intentional and did an extra turn. One of the judges put her hand up to stop me, and I held my breath as she started to speak.
It sounds a fascinating read, Krysten. :)
Krysten Lindsay Hager is an Amazon Bestselling author and book addict. 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 when she's not catching up on her favorite shows (Hart of Dixie, The Goldbergs, Dallas, Switched at Birth and Devious Maids). She's worked as a journalist and humor writer, and writes middle grade, YA, and adult fiction.
I asked Krysten to tell us a little about herself.
How did you get started writing?
My mom likes to remind me how I won my first writing contest in the first grade. It was a “Name the Teddy Bear” contest and for some reason it was open to all the grades. Somehow my essay won. I still remember my opening line was, “We should name the bear Taffy because he’s sweet like candy.” I know, my genius and originality just leaps off the page, doesn’t it? Ha ha!
I used to make up storylines for my Barbie dolls when I was little. When I got a little older, I started writing little stories in school—always in math class. My character, Landry, says her math grades stink because she’s always daydreaming in math and I was the same way. I started taking literature and creative writing classes in college and I learned so much about how to write from studying the classics in school.
Can you tell us a fun fact about yourself?
I lived on a Portuguese island for almost three years. I’m still a big Cristiano Ronaldo fan because he was and is such a big star there. His picture was everywhere. I never watched football/soccer in my life until I moved there and then it was on all the time.
What’s your top writing tip for new writers?
When I was starting out I heard that you should read at least one-hundred books in the genre you want to write before you get started. I also think taking a literature class is crucial and then get into a creative writing class and critique group to learn how to become a better writer.
Reading a lot of books is a great tip for a writer, Krysten.