Romance author gives insight on writing books

WTNH– She’s one of the most famous romance authors in the country. She is Kristan Higgins, married to a firefighter and is a mother of two from Durham.

She’s has sold more than one million books, putting out two new books a year.

Ever thought about writing a book? She gave some insight as she started to write her first book.

“I wanted to write a story that was a little more down to earth that was about people like me and my husband and working class people. People like my sister, from small towns. I didn’t live in Manhattan. I did for a while, but at the time I didn’t so “Sex and the City” was very popular. If you were writing that genre, it generally had heroines who wore Jimmy Choo shoes and were really fabulous and I thought what about us. You know the rest of us. Don’t we get a big story too. A big, memorable, wonderful, warm-hearted story, so that was my goal in writing my first book,” said Higgins.

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“It took me about six months to write the first draft. I wrote on the computer late at night, while everybody was sleeping or nap time with kids. As they got a bit older, a friend of mine would take my toddler a day when my daughter was in kindergarten and the next week I would take her daughter, so whenever I had a little time I would sit down at the computer and it was just a joy because it wasn’t doing laundry, and it wasn’t stacking blocks and reading “Good Night Moon” and those things all important too.”

She also talked about how she peddled her first book and how she was afraid no one would publish it.

I wrote it and thought it was very charming and adorable.  I thought well I’ve got to send it out and get an agent because I don’t know anything about the world of publishing and so I sent out 20 query letters and within three weeks, 18 rejected me. Two of them never got back to me, I’m still waiting to hear from them,” said Higgins.

For more information on Higgins, go to www.kristanhiggins.com.

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