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Kristin Hannah launches ‘True Colors’ this week in Poulsbo and Bainbridge

Kristin Hannah’s new novel “True Colors” is the emotional story of convention, an outsider and a murder in a fictional small town on Hood Canal. - Courtesy Photos/St. Martin
Kristin Hannah’s new novel “True Colors” is the emotional story of convention, an outsider and a murder in a fictional small town on Hood Canal.
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Kristin Hannah has been writing romance novels and contemporary women’s fiction for almost two decades. Sisterhood, relationships, chasing boys, she’s developed a voice for that universal female connection, as she calls it.

But its interesting to note that when she first decided to try her hand at becoming an author, it was either romance or horror novels.

She really wanted to write horror. She was a big Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Ann Rice fan. But her mom was a big romance reader, and she was the one who convinced Hannah that she would be a writer.

Hannah was going to law school at the time, trying to find her life’s direction after fighting to make her way in the male-driven business of an advertising agency in the late 70s. Her mother was in the hospital, facing the end of a long battle with cancer.

From her hostpital bed, her mother said to her business savvvy, law school attending daughter, “But you’re going to be a writer.”

Those were prophetic words, Hannah relates in her online biography. Words she never forgot. She was shocked to hear that her mother actually believed she could be a writer. And from that hospital bed they began collaboration on would become “the worst, most clichéd historical romance ever written,” Hannah’s biography reads.

“It just goes to show that parents know their kids, better than the kids know themselves sometimes,” she said talking with What’s Up last week.

The “wretched” book that came out of her and her mother’s histrocial romance story became the launching board of a new career for Hannah.

More than a dozen books later, she’s following up on a top-ten New York Times Bestseller (“Firefly Lane”) with a new book about three sisters on Hood Canal called “True Colors.”

In this book, Hannah’s lawyer and horror writer roots surface when there is a murder in the small town and suspicions are cast at one of the sisters’ outsider boyfriend.

“And the ramifications of that suspicion really ripple through the family and community and kind of rip everything apart,” Hannah said.

KRISTIN HANNAH will be launching her new book “True Colors” at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at Liberty Bay Books in Poulsbo and again at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at Eagle Harbor Books on Bainbridge. Info: www.kristinhannah.com.

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