Kristan Higgins – The Joy of the Electric Moment

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The Romance of the Perfect Moment

For me, the joy of romance novels comes in that moment when the two characters thinkif you only knew—for the very first time—Hey. This is gonna work out.

There’s something so sweet about that moment. Until now, our hero and heroine have had good reason not to get together, whatever those reasons are. But whether it’s a first date, or a first kiss, or just a moment when they realize, “You’re not the dope I thought you were,” or, “Hey! She kinda likes me!” or “Did he just smile at me? Yes! He did!”…well, those are the best moments for me.

When I read a really good romance, something physically happens to me. No, no, not that. But there’s an ache in my chest of happiness, or sadness, or just the Wow moment of a great line. That’s the real joy for me…the fact that this author’s words have become more than words…they’ve transcended into an actual feeling that lifts my heart and makes me feel. For that moment, I can forget that I’m a writer, that I have a book due, or revisions, or one of my teenage kids is mad at me, or I forgot something important, or the dog just threw up on the new rug.

In that moment, the author brings me joy, and I get to feel that wonderful, tense, delicious sense of being newly in love again.

But there’s something about that first inkling that I just love. Their eyes meet, and for the first time, they’re on equal footing romantically speaking. For the first time, they see the spark of what could be. Joy is all about possibility, after all. But there’s also that sense of being right there in the moment with the characters at that particular second…that Hey…you and me…we could really be something special, when the world seems to stop and everything changes.

Kristan recommends:

Claudia Connor, relatively new author of the McKinney Brothers series. Very emotional and beautiful writing. You will need tissues!

Questions for the Author:

Tell us about a moment in your life when you experienced sheer joy. 

Sitting on the porch the other day. Summer, birds, good coffee, kids still asleep, book in hand, perfect weather, McIrish in the chair next to me. Simple and perfect.

Tell us about a place that brings you joy, or is attached to a memory of joy.

Boat Meadow, Eastham, Massachusetts. It’s on the bay side of the Cape, and when the tide goes out, you can walk out almost a mile. The sand is rippled, little crabs scurry about, seagulls and sand pipers look for their dinner. I’ve been going there all my life. I want my ashes scattered there, in fact. I’ve never been there and not felt my soul smile.

Tell us about a sound that brings you joy.

Rain on the skylights of my attic office. It’s so cozy and perfect, writing on a rainy afternoon…

What recent book have you read that brought you joy. (Or a book you read in your life that brought you so much joy you’ve never forgotten it.) Why?

THE BOY MOST LIKELY TO by Huntley Fitzpatrick brought me such joy (and tears). It’s so beautifully and honestly written, it’s such a brave and funny book, and it’s a YA where no one dies of cancer. Seriously, it’s a masterpiece that every teenager and adult should read. (You can read Huntley’s RARM post here.)

And for fun, the joy of choice ~

Pick your Chris! Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pine, Chris Pratt, Chris Rock, chris-pine-smileChris Evans or Christopher Plummer (circ. 1964 aka Capt. Von Trapp?) – trying for a little diversity! ;o)

Chris Pine. Those eyes. That smile. That stubble.

Kristan Higgins is generously giving away three books from her backlist, two to U.S. friends and one to an international reader.  To enter the US drawing, leave a comment on this post, on the RARM Facebook post or both (you can find that here) before Tuesday Sept. 1 11:59 pm CST. International readers enter through the form below.

2014KHsmallKristan Higgins is the New York Times, USA TODAY and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of 14 novels, which have been translated into more than twenty languages. Her books have received dozens of awards and accolades, including starred reviews from Kirkus, the New York Journal of Books, Publishers Weekly, Romantic Times, Library Journal and Booklist. She is a two-time recipient of Romance Writers of America RITA Award.

Kristan lives in Connecticut with her heroic firefighter husband, two atypically affectionate teenagers, a neurotic rescue mutt and an occasionally affectionate cat.   |   Kristan on Facebook

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