About Krysten Lindsay Hager
The Star Series Interview
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1) Could you sum up Hadley's character in five words?
Loyal, sensitive, thoughtful, sweet, and introverted. She cares about her friends and trusts them to a fault, so when she’s betrayed she doesn’t know how to handle it.
2) Hadley and Nick are a very sweet couple. What's so special about real teenage love?
I think Nick and Hadley have a special bond because he’s able to share things with her that he can’t talk about with other people and she understands. He finds a safety and peace in her that makes him love her more. However this is her first boyfriend and she lets her friends get into her head and hears that safe equals boring. She worries Nick will want to be with someone more exciting and exotic like his ex-girlfriend or Simone, the teen star next door.
3) Simone used to be a big star and has the personality to go with it, what inspired you to write about her this way?
I wanted to show that even celebs who appear self-assured and confident have moments of deep insecurity. There was a celeb that I imagined as Simone appearance-wise when I first began writing the series and later I found out that particular person had major insecurities about her own physical appearance. Simone is the type of person who wants (and needs) to be the center of attention and there’s an insecurity in that—that fear of being ignored or lumped in with everyone else. She needs to feel loved and special.
4) You also write about a serious topic in this story, Nick's grandfather is very ill. Could you tell a bit more about this?
Nick’s grandfather developed Lewy Body Parkinson’s with dementia. It’s not a very well-known disease and when a family member of mine was diagnosed with it was obvious the doctors weren’t super familiar with it either. I decided to include it in the story because I wanted people who were dealing with it (like I was) to feel less alone and also to inform people about it. Even though Nick’s grandpa is dealing with a lot and it’s changed his life, Nick’s bond with him has deepened and that’s what happened in my family. We grew closer. I hope anyone who is dealing with a loved one who hasLewy Body or Parkinson’s or dementia can feel less alone when reading this story.
5) Why have you chosen Grand Haven as the location for your series?
Grand Haven is one of my favorite places to get away. It’s a beach town on Lake Michigan and I have gone there ever since I was a little kid. It’s somewhere I can be in the present moment and take in the gorgeous surroundings. I am obsessed with lake towns.
6) Do you have any advice for teenage girls who are in the same situation as Hadley: struggling with fitting in and trying to find out where they belong and how they can be themselves?
Years ago I had to share something with a friend—something I was a little insecure about and I remember she said, “Well, everyone has their something.” And that is so true—we all have things we don’t put out there into the world for everyone to see, but it’s important to realize we are all dealing with something and to try to not compare ourselves. The key to accepting yourself is seeing what you have to offer and not worrying about what you don’t.
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