I’m jumping genres today and interviewing the fabulous Krysten Lindsay Hagen! Krysten is the author of the Landry’s True Colors Series, a clean reads young adult series. She writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, middle school and high school, frenemies, modeling, crushes, values, and self-image in both True Colors and Best Friends…Forever? Where were her books when I was a kid?
To Survive a Deserted Island:
I actually lived on an island in the middle of the Atlantic, so I kinda know what I would need!
- Gluten-free snacks. Man, those are not easy to find on an island. You don’t want to know what passes for a gluten-free cookie over there. I swear they just compressed crumbs together and write, “Cookies,” on the box. Blech.
- A television. Islands gets weird weather and you need something fun to watch. I got through those bad weather days watching movies and TV shows. I heart my TV.
- Books. I also turned to reading on those crazy island storm days. I preferred humor books when I lived there and it was easier to get books delivered from Amazon UK than the U.S. one, so I used to order books by U.K. authors like: Cathy Cassidy, Cathy Hopkins, and Jo Nadin. Those books got me through bouts of homesickness and cabin fever.
- Can I get a laptop that plugs into a palm tree so I can still get on Facebook and Instagram? Please?
- Bug spray. You don’t want to know the size of the centipedes I saw over there. Oh, and bug spray goggles because knowing me I’ll end up macing myself
In My Purse at All Times:
- A little notebook and pen for jotting down ideas. I swear I write better in cute notebooks than the plain, boring ones
- My phone so I can check messages and read on it when I’m in line somewhere.
- My lip gloss. Even if I have no other makeup on, lip gloss makes me look alive. Well, alive-ish.
- I carry my own hand soap because I hate strong scented bathroom soap. Some of it smells like liquid funeral parlor scent.
- My super adult Hello Kitty wallet. I love that it looks like fake Chanel—as if the Hello Kitty face on it is fooling anyone.
In My Wardrobe:
- Calvin Klein performance pants. Seriously, I think they issue you a pair when you get to heaven. The most comfortable pants in the universe.
- French Connection dresses. I’ve lost count at how many I own. I wear them as tops sometimes.
- Stripes. Tons and tons of stripes. I was doing a TV appearance and they said, “Don’t wear prints or stripes.” I had to go out and buy something new because literally everything I own is striped. I always say I won’t buy anything more that’s striped, but last week I bought two new spring tops that were striped because the colors were so fun and springy.
- I have become my father who would find one sweater he liked and buy it in a ton of different colors. I have the same Ralph Lauren cable knit v-neck in multiple colors including two shades of hot pink. I swear the pinks are slightly different enough…
- This pair of teal yoga pants that got accidentally bleached. I bought them in Portugal and they are so comfortable that I can’t bear to throw them out.
In My Library:
- The Crack Up by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I call Scott my literary boyfriend. I love his honesty and vulnerability when he writes.
- The Paris Review collection of author interviews. Whenever I feel overwhelmed by this writing life or like a little weirdo, I read some of these interviews and remind myself, I’m not crazy, I’m just a writer.
- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. I love how he manages to write a story about forbidden love, culture, and politics without getting off track or losing any of his audience with the message. I’ve seen at least three versions of the movie. Vivien Leigh is my favorite Anna, but I did like the Keira Knightley version for something different and Greta Garbo is fantastic, too.
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I love everything he does with this book. And I’ve seen at least three versions of this one, too. The Mira Sorvino one stays closest to the book in my opinion. I like her more sympathetic portrays of Daisy, too.
- My Mother was Never a Kid by Francine Pascal. My favorite young adult novel. I have re-read it so many times and enjoy the humor. It’s set in the 70’s so it was an older book when I read it as a kid and yet that storyline stands the test of time. Hilarious.
In My Pantry:
- Gluten-free Tinkyada rice pasta. I love pasta so much and this one is my favorite. I prefer the elbows to the other shapes. I swear they taste better.
- Enjoy Life rice milk crispy chocolate bars. Addictive and delish.
- Chicken broth. I love chicken soup. It’s my favorite comfort food. Pacific Foods is my favorite.
- Gummi vitamins. I have some that taste like orange slices and some that taste like gumdrops. Why did I ever take big people vitamins when I could have been eating these candy-like ones?
- Justin’s Almond Butter. What else do you dip dark chocolate? Almond butter with dark chocolate is my favorite snack to eat while watching playoff games. I’ve been a Pistons fan since I was a kid, but I’ve been watching the San Antonio Spurs for forever, too. My grandpa and I used to watch together.
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