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In Over Her Head: Lights, Camera, Anxiety by Krysten Lindsay Hager - Book Tour + Giveaway

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In Over Her Head: Lights, Camera, Anxiety
by Krysten Lindsay Hager





Cecily feels like she has it all: great best friends, the beginnings of a career as a model/actress, and she’s dating her favorite singer, Andrew Holiday. Then Cecily’s best friend Lila begins to ditch her every time Lila’s boyfriend calls. Cecily feels lost, but she and Andrew begin connecting more and she’s never been in a relationship where she felt so understood. Andrew even begins to confide in her about his anxiety. Soon Cecily experiences her own anxiety on a magazine photo shoot, but she manages to impress the magazine staff. Just when it seems like all her dreams are coming true, everything comes crashing down when a photo of Andrew with another girl appears online. He swears nothing happened, but Cecily is crushed. She feels like she’s lost two of the people closest to her.

Was her perfect relationship real or was she in over her head?



“They were talking about how they’re using unknown models right now and I mentioned how
awesome you were in the video and they agreed. We started talking and they wondered if you’d
want to come to New York and do a shoot for the magazine. What do you think?” he asked.

I almost fell off my bed. Me? Model? I wasn’t pretty enough for that and everyone would write in to let
them know that just like they all felt the need to voice that opinion in the online video comments. 

“Wow, it’s…wow.” 

“I know, right? And I’m here for a few weeks recording so we could see each other.
My manager said he’d talk to your parents and work out the details. You’d be working just to get
exposure, so the contract would be about rights and not money—is that cool? It’s a great way to get
your name out there and stuff for your book.”
“My book?” 

“Your portfolio. You know, the photos people look at to decide whether or not they want to hire you
for modeling jobs.” 

Was I going to be modeling enough that I needed a book? Did this magazine actually want me?
It sounded too good to be true—going to New York to model and be in a magazine while visiting
my pop star boyfriend. Was this my life? 

“I don’t know if my parents will go for it,” I said. 

“Let my manager talk to them and see what magic he can work. He wants to help this magazine out,
too. You want to do it though, right?” 

Part of me did—the part of me that wanted a big life and to be famous and adored.
The reality side of me was an anxious mess just thinking about flying out there though.
“Yeah, for sure,” I said hoping I sounded convincing.  

“Great, give me your parents’ number and I’ll have my manager give them a call.”

 I felt like I was having an out of body experience as I recited my mom’s cell phone number to him.  

My entire life could change in a phone call.


Author Interview

1. What would you consider to be your Kryptonite as an author?
This is kind of a depressing answer, but grief. Each time I lose someone close to me it knocks the stuffing out of me and just recently it happened and my writing suffers because of it.
2. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
To stop judging yourself on whether or not you get published and to appreciate the writing process before you ever get published because someone told me you’ll never have that pure joy of writing ever again once you’re published. They were right.
3. What book do you feel is under-appreciated? How about overrated?
I wish I could get the book Goodbye Glamour Girl by Erika Tamar into everyone’s hands. It would make a great movie. It’s a YA novel set during WWII and deals with a girl from Europe just trying to fit in and find love and yet inside of her she’s dealing with what they escaped in Europe and how her relatives might be dead. It’s so powerful. For overrated books…there’s a lot, but I know if I name one then somehow, I’ll end up seated next to the author at some event and it’ll be awkward LOL.
4. Favorite childhood memory involving books?
My mom used to take me to the bookstore at the beginning of the month when the new series books came out and it was the best day ever. I remember going home and just diving into a new book. I was lucky to have parents that were readers and understood (and supported) my love of reading. The best part was my parents never stopped me from reading any of the fun books or forced me to read any list books that suck the fun out of reading.
5. What fantastical fictional world would you want to live in (if any) given the chance?
I’d say Harry Potter’s world and to be at Hogwarts, but honestly, I’m so chicken that when the bad stuff started going down, I’d probably go and hide in the bathroom until the all clear was given. Actually, scratch that, those sitting rooms with fireplaces looked cozy, so I’d probably hide out in one of those.
6. Did you want to be an author when you grew up?
Yes, I was obsessed with books and always writing stories. I had stacks of notebooks with bits of story ideas in them and nothing has changed.
7. What is your most unusual writing quirk?
I was watching a game on TV once and the expression on a player’s face brought to life a whole character for me that completely changed the story I was working on. I’ve done that a few times actually when seeing someone on TV and noticing an expression that triggers an entire character.
8. What’s one movie you like recommending to others?
I always tell people to watch the version of “The Great Gatsby” with Mira Sorvino in it because she has a different take on the Daisy character and it gives the story a different feel. Also, “Last Call” about F. Scott Fitzgerald’s life.
9. If you could own any animal as a pet, what would it be?
I would want a polar bear or a red panda. There was a polar bear at the Columbus Zoo that I was absolutely crazy about and I sobbed my heart out when he passed away.
10. Have you ever met anyone famous?

I used to be in journalism, but I mainly met professional athletes I was covering. I guess of all of those Tiger Woods would be the one people would know the best. In the writing world, the most famous author I met was Thomas Keneally who wrote Schindler's Ark that was later known as Schindler's List.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Krysten Lindsay Hager writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, crushes, fame,
first loves, and values. She is the author of True Colors, Best Friends...Forever?, Next Door to a Star, 
Landry in Like, Competing with the Star, Dating the It Guy, and Can Dreams Come True.
True Colors, won the Readers Favorite award for best preteen book and the Dayton Book Expo
Bestseller Award for childen/teens. Competing with the Star is a Readers' Favorite Book Award
Finalist. Landry in Like is a Literary Classics Gold Medal recipient.
Krysten's work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune,
the Beavercreek Current, the Bellbrook Times, Springfield News-Sun, Grand Blanc View,
Dayton Daily News and on Living Dayton.  
Author links:



Krysten Lindsay Hager will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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  1. Where do you do most of your writing?

    1. I work best in my office. I've never been able to write in coffee shops or libraries

  2. Thanks so much for sharing your terrific book. I sure enjoyed reading about it and appreciate you taking the time to share it with us.


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