Background of In Over Her Head: Lights, Camera, Anxiety by Krysten Lindsay Hager – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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Background of In Over Her Head: Lights, Camera, Anxiety
The original idea for the Cecily Taylor Series came years ago when I started to wonder what it would be like to give a teen every little thing she thinks she wants—in this case a career as an actress as well as the opportunity to date the singer/songwriter whose music speaks to her very soul. I decided to use elements of my own music crush from childhood and teen years to go back to those days where I felt that excitement of knowing my favorite singer was about to release a new song and I started re-watching old videos and interviews of his to bring myself back there to that time.

I also started reading and watching biographies of a lot of different musicians and that’s when I started to see the common thread of anxiety and feeling overwhelmed by fame. So many of them felt like the career they wanted had gone in a different direction or the fame had gotten out of hand. Many of them felt isolated and anxious and all of this shows up in the pop star character of Andrew Holiday.

Andrew started taking on his own personality early on and it’s when he can reveal what he’s going through to Cecily that you see a shift in the relationship. They go from being “in like” to having a deeper connection, which really makes you root for them as a couple and later you feel the pain when she hears rumors online that he’s with someone else.

The Cecily character gets to see what it’s like to live out her fantasy life and that what looks glamourous isn’t always the case. She finds what’s worth having and what is superficial, but this will be a process for her as she’s just getting started in the business.

I am enjoying writing and sharing Cecily and Andrew’s journey and love hearing the reaction from readers.

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?

Enjoy an Excerpt

“Good luck at the photo shoot tomorrow,” he said. “You’ll be great.”

I stared out the window on the ride back to the hotel taking in all the sites. As I walked into the hotel I felt a new air of confidence. Instead of just reading about someone going out with a pop star to some fabulous rooftop hotel restaurant and being in the big city, I was living it. This was my life and not some YA book heroine’s. Tomorrow I was off on a modeling shoot. I was living a dream and proving how I was ready for a big life. This was my destiny. I could do this.


My alarm went off and at the same time an alarm went off in my brain saying, no, I could not do this. What was I thinking? Me, model? That’s where people take photos of you for the sole purpose of other people looking at them, which encouraged judgement and evil comments. People don’t just keep those comments to themselves anymore. Oh no, they grab their phone or laptop or whatever device helps them spew out unhelpful and cruel comments on people’s appearances online for all the world to see.

My stomach felt like spewing all over the nice hotel sheets I was wrapped in. Why did I ever think I was up for this? Those strangers online would destroy me within seconds. Girls like Harlow who were born with an undeniable beauty could do stuff like this and even then, I had seen strangers criticize her online when she posted selfies.

Being anxious always made all my senses go nuts. I ate two slices of toast and then my stomach did a weird flipping thing. Oh no, not today. Looking over at the clock I realized it was almost time for us to leave. Come on, stomach. You’re fine. Just relax and…nope, time to hit the bathroom. Why can’t I just be a big girl and go to this stupid shoot which most girls would kill to do without my stomach freaking out?

About the Author:
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.

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  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. James Robert says

    Thanks for sharing your book with us. I think we all enjoy hearing about new books we previously didn’t know about. Also, thank you for the giveaway.

  3. sounds so good!

  4. Sounds like a good read.

  5. Sounds really good!

  6. Krysten Hager says

    Thanks for being on the tour!

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