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Crystal is a tea-drinking, book-hoarding, history nerd. Her award-winning stories are filled with danger, love, history, and hope.
Crystal is a tea-drinking, book-hoarding, history nerd. Her parents had no idea what a monster they were creating when they took her to her first history museum. From that moment on she has researched and crafted stories filled with danger, love, history, and hope. She was a finalist for the 2019 RWA Golden Heart Award, a semi-finalist for the 2019 ACFW Genesis Award, and the 2018 winner of the RWA Touched By Love Award. Currently, she lives in the Cincinnati area with her husband, two boys, in-laws, rat-dog, and a twenty-six year old frog.
Crystal spent her childhood hiding in a book or going on wild adventures across the country with her family. No matter where she went, stories filled her mind. Every history museum was ripe with potential, every shadow lurked with danger, and always a hero would emerge to save the day. Or least an imaginative girl from a long, boring car ride.
While most people outgrew imaginary friends, Crystal’s characters took on lives of their own and spilled onto the page. By the end of eighth grade, she’d written a 73,000 word novel. She’d written five novels nearly double that length by the end of grad school, all of which are forever hidden within a locked drawer.
It’s her husband’s fault she’s on a publishing journey. All because he sent her to writing conference for her birthday. Since then she’s studied writing craft, fine-tuned her writing, and been a finalist in national level contests.
When not writing or studying, Crystal can be found playing board games with her husband and boys, caregiving for loved ones, traveling with her extended family, hiding in a book, or drinking copious amounts of hot tea.
Previous Speaking Engagements
So You Want To Be An Author? A Three-Part Workshop for Teen Writers – Kentucky Christian Writers Conference, June 20 -22, 2019
Crafting the Perfect Chapter – Southern Writer’s Magazine Blog
2 Fantastic Writing Resources – Quills and Inkblots Blog
Sample Interview Questions
• What led you to pursue publishing?
• Why do you write historical fiction?
• Why is Christian Fiction so important to you?
• You’re not a musician, so why is playing second fiddle so important to you?
• What has God taught you through this writing journey?
• How can you be prayed for?
• How do you define success?
• What has been the hardest part so far in the writing journey?
• What has been the greatest benefit in pursuing publishing?
• What is deal about your obsession with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?
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