A Little About
Competing with the Star
Hadley and Nick form a deep bond when he confides in her about his grandfather’s life-changing diagnosis. However, insecurity sets in when Hadley discovers her boyfriend was once in love her friend who just happens to be the beautiful former teen TV star, Simone Hendrickson. Hadley confronts Nick, who confesses his history with Simone. Though he claims to only have eyes for Hadley now, it’s hard to believe—especially when she’s blindsided with the news that Nick and Simone kissed after school.
Now Hadley must determine who is telling the truth as she begins to see a different side of her friends—which ones will stick by the star and who will stand by Hadley. Love, betrayal and friendship—who needs soap opera drama when you’re competing with a star?
Author's Rating: PG
Ten Things You Should Know
About Krysten Lindsay Hager
I do playlists for all my books and with each one I tend to have one song on repeat a lot. For Competing with the Star it was Clark Manson’s “Track 9.” And Mariah Carey’s “Can’t Let Go” is my go-to sad song when writing a sad yearning moment. I put my playlists on my website, so you can find them there: http://www.krystenlindsay.com/
2. What is the first thing you remember writing?
I used to create stories based on my mom’s favorite soap operas. The story would end for the day and I’d go and write my version of how it should end up. I guess I was writing soap opera fan fiction as a kid!
3. Have you ever named a character in honor of someone you know?
Yes, several of my characters are named after people who are on my street team or their kids. I also use family names as the names of stores and restaurants. I used my grandpa’s nickname in a story and it’s just little winks for my family. My best friend’s first name, with one of her celebrity crushes’ last names, pop up in several of my books. I never tell her who, I just let her find it as she’s reading.
4. At what moment did you feel like you could say, “NOW, I'm an author?”
When I signed that first contract it started to feel real, but I’ll be honest, the day my book was to release, it took a while to show up on Amazon and I feared someone had changed their mind. I had a sweet author who talked me down and told me it was all going to be fine and then it showed up.
5. What project are you working on now?
I’m working on a YA book that I feel might turn into a series and a new adult book. Both are keeping me going right now.
6. What fictional character would you like to have as a best friend (could be your own)?
I would love to have Pilar from my book, Competing with the Star, as my best friend. She always has Hadley’s back, is funny, supportive, and very loyal to Hadley. Her honest and funny comments crack me up.
7. Do any of your characters sound/look like famous actors in your head?
Yes! Sometimes I create teenage versions of them for my characters. I have some “dream casts” on my website, too, that readers can look at to see who inspired a character. I will say Nick Jenkins in my Star Series looks like Peyton Meyer. I share a lot of these things on my social media sites and sometimes readers will tell me that’s who they were imaging while reading, too!
8. What book are you currently reading?
I just finished Finding Your Brave and am reading the YA version of Jane Austen’s novels by Rosie Rushton.
9. Do you keep anything special on your desk when you write?
I have things people have sent me that make me smile like Funko Pop friends (I have several and switch them out. Right now Elsa from Frozen, Edward Cullen, and Holly Golightly are on there), a little gnome I was sent and a Toni Kukoc basketball card my friend sent me and I swap out mugs that I get as gifts. Sweet things that make me smile inspire me.
10. Who are your 3 favorite characters in your book(s)?
From the Landry’s True Colors Series, I love Landry, of course, and her two best friends, Ashanti and Peyton. Both of them are a mix of friends I’ve had that came along at the right time in my life. Peyton is the friend who you are the most like and can share your insecurities and fears with and Ashanti is the friend that helps you out of your comfort zone and both have your back. I also love my character Emme (from Dating the It Guy) and watching how she navigates high school and life with dating not just the popular guy in school, but the guy who is so well-known due to his dad being a senator and growing up in the public eye.