Kristan Higgins: Well, it’s a double (maybe triple) entendre title. Jeremy, who jilts Faith at the altar in the first four pages of the book, really does seem like the best man in the world. But it’s their best man who gives Jeremy the nudge to break things off with Faith (and talk about the last possible minute, right?).
Faith channels a lot of her anger over this incident into Levi. Finally, Faith has to ask herself what qualities a guy will have to embody to be the best man for her. He’s usually a lot different from what our heroine might initially want, but he’s always the person she absolutely needs.
KH: I do love writing in first person; it’s such an intimate style, and we authors can have a lot of fun playing with what the point-of-view character thinks to be true, as opposed to what actually might be true. That being said, I’ve also really enjoyed writing the male point of view. Honestly, it depends on the book.
KH: I don’t know that these women come from one source of inspiration in particular as much as a blend of the qualities I admire. My heroines are always clear about what they want; they’re hardworking and loyal, and funny.
Faith was in some ways one of the more vulnerable characters I’ve written because she carries a heavy burden from the past and feels responsible for her mom’s death. To keep her from being too pathetic, I wanted her to show her strength in other areas: her unapologetic love of her family, the way she takes no nonsense from Levi, and her enduring love for Jeremy. She was able to create a happy life after being publicly heartbroken, and she’s not afraid of change.
Bits of her come from a few of the women I love most: my sister, who’s such a kind and funny person; my mom, who never takes herself too seriously and always seems to get into trouble one way or another; and probably from me, too, in that I feel responsible for (and guilty over) just about everything.
KH: I write the kind of book I love to read, and while I recognize the fact that I’m walking the line between women’s fiction and romance, I don’t think it really matters. I suppose it matters to the publisher and the bookbuyer, but readers just love what they love.
KH: I’m reading The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf, and it’s extraordinary and gripping. I just finished Elinor Lipman’s The View from Penthouse B, and I loved it so much, I read it twice.
Thanks so much for having me today, and thanks for the wonderful questions!
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