About Me

Buongiorno! My name (if you haven’t figured it out yet) is Crystal. I have been married for over a decade to the only man who could have ever put up with me for this long (love you, honey!) and we have three kids, who have taught me the value of such virtues as temperance, charity, diligence, patience, and kindness. Not that I’m particularly great at any of them, but they’re there.

 

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Getting here

I was raised in Orlando, Florida, in a time when children played outside until the streetlights came on, when we could safely walk down to Seven-Eleven for a Slurpee at any time of day, and when butterfly hair clips were all the rage (so, the 90s). My childhood was spent in and out of my imagination, reading books and coming up with scenarios and plots of my own. At eighteen I joined the Navy as an electronics tech in the nuclear field where I met my husband, and life has been a whirlwind ever since. In 2012, I had a dream that I honestly believe was my calling to pursue writing as a real career. I toyed with the idea for a while, but in 2015, I began the journey toward making it a reality.

Who I am today

At home out in the open Texas countryside, my husband and I run a sheep ranch and a busy household. I’ve spent the past few years writing short stories and building up a self-employed business as a freelance editor. Though I’ve set my editing aside for now, my love for grammar is built into my soul. In spring I’m a baseball mom, in winter I’m a crochet machine, and at all other times I’m a houseplant.

What I’m involved with

I proudly admin for a nonprofit organization called Authors’ Tale. We offer a Facebook community for all writers—poets, novelists, screenwriters, lyricists, hobbyists, etc.—and the atmosphere is friendly, helpful, and fun. If you enjoy writing, be sure to join us! We’ve even expanded this year to include two subgroups: The Writer Scrolls, a critique and reference group, and Allegory Alley, a learning environment for all things poetry. You can learn more on our website, authorstale.wordpress.com.)

Deviating slightly from the writing nook, I admin a fantasy lovers group on Facebook known as Imagine House’s Fantasy Forum. Imagine House itself is a fantasy community I co-founded with my friend and fellow author Jae Dawn. Movies, books, games, shows . . . all are welcome here! Come join us and gush over your favorite fandoms!

Lastly, and most personally to me, I’m currently setting up my own Facebook group called World Builder’s Muse. This group will be for discussing and brainstorming world building, fantasy, and idea generation. Not just for writers, but for creators of all kinds. The group will be launched on my birthday on August 13th. 🙂

More about me

If you’d like to learn more about my personality and hobbies, be sure to check out my biography page. On the business side of things, you can see my skills and experience on my résumé. You can also check out the sites and bloggers who have featured me in interviews.