Spotlight & Giveaway: Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins

Posted January 2nd, 2018 by in Blog, Spotlight / 57 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome author Kristan Higgins to HJ!


New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins welcomes you home in this witty, emotionally charged novel about the complications of life, love and family.


Please summarize the book for the readers here:

Thank you for having me back!

NOW THAT YOU MENTION IT is the story of Nora Stuart, returning to Scupper Island, Maine, her hometown, for the first time in fifteen years. A near-death experience has made her want to reconnect with her mom and currently imprisoned sister and get to know her teenage niece, who’s staying on the island for the summer. Nora also wants to face down some of the ghosts of her past—whatever happened to her father? Has anyone forgiven her for that car accident that hurt the Fletcher twins? Turns out there’s more to the island’s history than she knew… and maybe an unexpected romance in the making as well.

Please share the opening lines of this book:

The first thought I had after I died was: How will my dog cope with this?
The second thought: I hope we can still go with open casket.
Third thought: I have nothing to wear to my funeral.
Fourth: I’ll never meet Daniel Radcliffe now.
Fifth: Did Bobby just break up with me?


Please share a few Fun facts about this book…

  • It’s based on Beal’s Island, Maine, which I visited for the day with my family a couple summers ago.
  • There’s a wink and a nod to faithful readers with a reference to a character from a previous book; otherwise, the book isn’t linked to any others.
  • The heroine lives on a houseboat.


Please tell us a little about the characters in your book. As you wrote your protagonist was there anything about them that surprised you?

Nora surprised me by being more of a bad-ass as the book goes on. When we first meet her, she’s literally knocked off her feet. Life hasn’t been going according to her carefully laid plans this past year, and she’s at a low point. But going home, back to a place where she isn’t exactly welcomed with open arms, brings out her strength and grit. She’s always thought of herself as a before and after person–before she left the island for college and med school, and after she left the island. But all along, she’s been a better person than she realizes.


If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would you use for the audition of the main characters and why?

There’s a scene when Sullivan (our hero) comes to check on Nora, who’s living on a houseboat for the summer. The power’s gone out, and he comes to check on her, only to find her armed and dangerous (more to herself than any possible intruder). There’s a lot going on under the surface for Nora, and Sullivan has to piece some things together. It’s an intimate scene, but not in the sexy time way, so I think it’d be a great audition scene.


What do you want people to take away from reading this book?

You’re braver than you think, stronger than you know, and even if life hits you with a solid punch, you can still have a great life. How’s that?


What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2017?

I have an August release called GOOD LUCK WITH THAT, and I’m working on another book, currently called UNTITLED.

Thanks for blogging at HJ!


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Excerpt from Now That You Mention It:

The first thought I had after I died was: How will my dog cope with this?
The second thought: I hope we can still go with open casket.
Third thought: I have nothing to wear to my funeral.
Fourth: I’ll never meet Daniel Radcliffe now.
Fifth: Did Bobby just break up with me?
Let me back up an hour or so.
It was a quiet night at Boston City Hospital—for me. It usually was. While I worked at New England’s biggest and busiest hospital, I was a gastroenterologist. Most of our patients were diagnosed in the office before things get too critical—everyone freaks out if they can’t eat or poop, after all. So aside from the occasional emergencies—hemorrhages or burst gallbladders—it’s a pretty mellow field.
It’s also a field with a low mortality rate.
I had just checked the four patients my practice had on the unit—two elderly women, both impacted, sent in by their nursing homes for enemas, basically; one small bowel obstruction, resolving nicely on a clear-liquid diet; and one case of ulcerative colitis which my colleague would operate on tomorrow.
“So more fiber, Mrs. DeStefano, okay? Lay off the pasta and add some greens,” I said to one of the impacted patients.
“Honey, I’m Italian. Lay off the pasta, please. I’d rather die.”
“Well, eat more greens and a little less pasta.” She was ninety-six, after all. “You don’t want to get all bound up again, do you? Hospitals are no fun.”
“Are you married?” she asked.
“Not yet.” My face felt weird, as it always did when I fake-smiled. “But I have a very nice boyfriend.”
“Is he Italian?”
“Can’t win them all,” she said. “Come to my house. You’re too skinny. I’ll cook you pasta fagiole that will make you cry, it’s so good.”
“Sounds like heaven.” I didn’t point out that she no longer lived in a house. And that no matter how sweet the little old lady might be, I didn’t visit strangers, even strangers who thought I was skinny, bless their hearts. “Get some rest tonight,” I said. “I’ll check on you tomorrow, okay?”
I left the room, my heels tapping on the shiny tile floors… I always dressed for work, having come to my love of clothes later than most. I adjusted my white doctor’s coat, which still gave me a thrill—Nora Stuart, M.D., Department of Gastroenterology stitched over my heart.

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Book Info:

One step forward. Two steps back. The Tufts scholarship that put Nora Stuart on the path to becoming a Boston medical specialist was a step forward. Being hit by a car and then overhearing her boyfriend hit on another doctor when she thought she was dying? Two major steps back.

Injured in more ways than one, Nora feels her carefully built life cracking at the edges. There’s only one place to land: home. But the tiny Maine community she left fifteen years ago doesn’t necessarily want her. At every turn, someone holds the prodigal daughter of Scupper Island responsible for small-town drama and big-time disappointments.

With a tough islander mother who’s always been distant, a wild-child sister in jail and a withdrawn teenage niece as eager to ditch the island as Nora once was, Nora has her work cut out for her if she’s going to take what might be her last chance to mend the family. Balancing loss and opportunity, dark events from her past with hope for the future, Nora will discover that tackling old pain makes room for promise…and the chance to begin again.
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Meet the Author:

Kristan Higgins is the New York Times, Publishers Weekly and USA TODAY bestselling author whose books have been translated into more than twenty languages. She has received dozens of awards and accolades, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, The New York Journal of Books and Kirkus.
Kristan lives in Connecticut with her heroic firefighter husband, two atypically affectionate children, a neurotic rescue mutt and an occasionally friendly cat.
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57 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins”

  1. Lesley McIntosh

    Not so much now I am retired but I did have that feeling when I was working with families whose children had disabilities, when I arrived home from work I could relax and be myself until I went back to work

  2. carol L

    Same here, older & wiser. And I don’t hold back how I really feel anymore. But in a nice way. I enjoy the excerpt. Always love reading Kristan Higgins books.
    Carol Luciano
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  3. Tonya Lucas

    I’m proud of my new self, too go back to my older self would be my death. I’m a recovering alcoholic and have been sober 17-1/2 Years. Books have been my saving grace. I read 2 books, sometimes 3 a week, they ground me and keep me from wanting to drink it wallowing in self doubt. I praise you authors for helping me stay sober and enjoying my new life… one book and one day at a time.

  4. John Smith

    “Nora has redefined herself as a doctor, but once back on Scupper Island, she feels the “old her” more strongly. Can you relate to that, and if so, how was your old self different from the way you are now?” Seems like a recurrent theme in various people’s lives!

  5. L

    I definitely feel some of my ‘old’ self creep back in when I visit home. I think I’m more secure in who I am now, but when I go home all of the old insecurities come back.

  6. janinecatmom

    My old self was very reckless. I like my new self much better. But I have begun a new self lately. I don’t let anyone walk over me and I don’t have time for BS in my life anymore.

  7. vera wilson

    Wouldn’t want to go back to my old self. I’ve retired, and now get to do a little volunteer work didn’t have time to do before.

  8. kermitsgirl

    I like the self I’ve grown into. Sometimes, when interacting with old high school friends, I’ll find myself slipping into my very sarcastic, defensive ways and I hate that feeling.

  9. Caryn S

    In my life before kids, I was a Realtor. So there is definitely a divide between my past younger life and my mom life now.

  10. tiffany johnson

    Oh definitely! I think we all can have many selves and they are all apart of us, whether new or old. Every time I visit my hometown I feel like my old self in that I feel memories from a younger self. Those memories are 20 years old but they are still me.

  11. jodi marinich

    I would say that I am different from when I was younger so my new self is more mature

  12. Amy Rickman

    My current self is happy and content with what I have and where I am in life while my previous self was always struggling to make everyone else happy.

  13. laurieg72

    My old self was very shy and self-conscious. Now I don’t care what others think about me. I do my own thing which makes me happy. Others can accept me or leave me alone.

  14. Andrea McParland

    I worked in the high school that I had attended. Very strange to be a more mature and confident self in the place where I had been shy and naive.

  15. Kathleen O

    I think as we get older our life changes in some ways. I’m still the same as I once was, but I’m a little bit more stronger than I once was.

  16. Kay Garrett

    My “old self” was unsure of herself, always second guessing, trying to make everyone happy and unhappy. Now, through the love of a good and patient man who became my amazing husband in 1983, I am happier than I’ve every been. I found that to make others happy that I first needed to find what made me happy. Yes I still fail at times but I found that if I took the plunge and did what I thought was right that most times I had made the right choice. If I hadn’t then to learn from it, pick myself up and go forward not wasting time over analysis things.

  17. Teresa Williams

    Well I turned 60 last November and I started taking up for myself and not letting my son con money out of me .

  18. Cheryl Hastings

    I don’t think I’ve changed that much, I’m still outspoken and don’t take crap

  19. eawells

    The old me was super shy and never ever stood up for myself. Now, or away from my parents, I’ve become more sure of myself, confident, and vocal. Teaching may have had a factor in that, but the confidence my husband instilled in me also helped.

  20. Diane Sallans

    it’s probably that people you’ve know a long time still see you as you were – perhaps as a child – even when you have matured – and they can push your buttons to behave in a less confident & mature way

  21. Patti (@TheLoveJunkee)

    It is easy to slip into old habits when you’re somewhere comfortable.

  22. Savings InSeconds

    I definitely relate to that! I live 7 hours from where I grew up, and don’t go “home” very often anymore. When I do travel to visit my family, old feelings and habits come back and it’s hard to feel independent, adultish, while I’m there.

  23. Patricia B.

    That is a hard question to answer. Many, many years ago I experienced the same thing. I was the oldest child and was always trying to live up to expectations. I had to be perfect, be an excellent student, and give a good example. As a result, I wasn’t really close to my siblings. I didn’t do things for myself without always looking at it in terms of being aware of whether it fit who I was supposed to be. When I graduated from college, I immediately left for the Peace Corps. For the first time in my life I was me – not the older sister, not the good student, not the one left in charge, not the one expected to be perfect. I didn’t have to live up to family expectations and preconceived notions. (Except for the Image of being an American). I could explore what I wanted to do and be. It was very freeing and allowed me to explore who I was and what I wanted. When I go home, even today, I am still on guard not wanting to make any mistakes, to be perfect. I am closer to my siblings, but the expectations are still there and they still don’t know what to make of me. I became the me I wanted, and have no desire to go back to the other me.

  24. Shannon Capelle

    I used to be a push over and a people pleaser but not anymore when someones negative or tries to hurt me i dont put up with it anymore!

  25. Banana cake

    My old self was a lot more outgoing. I became disabled 10 years ago I have to use forearm crutches and now I don’t go out very often. I don’t like to see people who knew me when I wasn’t disabled because I don’t like people asking questions that aren’t their business.

  26. Texas Book Lover

    Not really. I essentially feral the same as I used to just a little older and smarter…

  27. Terrill R.

    Not recently, but when I was in my 20’s, every time I returned home I felt like I became that stinker of a teenager that my mom was always exasperated with.

  28. Tanya Guthrie

    I don’t feel like I’ve recreated myself at all. I’ve grown as a personally, but not to where I feel like I’m different.

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