Crystal lives in a small town in Texas with her husband, their three children, and her Yorkie, Jack.
Standard bio aside…
Words are not all I dabble in. I’m actually a voracious learner and a bit of a perfectionist, so I tend to tackle anything I’m interested in head-on, meticulously, and with all my passion.
During the winter, I enjoy knitting and crocheting and spending lots of time between exercise equipment and movies/shows—exercising is very good for warming you up on cold mornings and the TV is within viewing range of all my stuff. I have a home gym, which is a huge time-and-money-saver since it’s a thirty-minute drive to town and gas isn’t always cheap. Netflix (and Kodi) are life savers. I watch just about anything and everything, especially if it’s part of the Marvel universe or ties to a fandom.
Side note: I’m a Whovian. Doctor Who is life. Tennant is my Doctor and Donna is my companion (though I also loved Rose). Sherlock is awesome, Supernatural is fantastic, Grey’s Anatomy is heartwrenching…I could go on. For hours. And my fangirling isn’t limited to shows, either. Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter…anything with Jason Momoa or Ryan Reynolds or Chris Pratt or Emma Stone or Emma Watson or Anna Kendrick…or just anything… 😉 But if you ever need to get me a gift, I’m telling you now: you can’t go wrong with a nerdy, geeky fandom. (Though I see literally zero reason you’d ever need to get me a gift, unless my husband is reading this, in which case, honey, I still need a stairclimber for the home gym.)
During the spring and summer, I can usually be found weeding the garden and talking to my animals. We run a sheep and goat ranch, but we love all animals. Right now we also have pigs, dogs, cats, chickens, guineas, and two goldfish. I’m excited to eventually get a cow, and I have a large 125-gallon fish tank that I’m going to plant live aquatic plants in so I can raise discus again. They’re super sweet and absolutely gorgeous—I used to work in a pet store, and the discus were my favorites.
In the fall, I spend most of my time in the kitchen, canning the vegetables from the harvest and baking breads and cakes for no real reason at all. Back in 2015, I owned my own freelance cake business and spent every free moment decorating and learning how to force frosting and sugar to do my bidding. It was a lot of fun, but my waistline has regrets.
Other hobbies I’ve toyed with are taxidermy, skinning and tanning, archery, shooting, fishing, hunting—allow me to interject, as I can already see many of you grimacing in disgust and turning toward the exit button. Archery and shooting are a lot of fun just with targets, and fishing is relaxing (we usually catch and release). As for the rest…yes, I hunt, but I’m a firm believer in hunting for food and using every part of an animal. I’m not a fan of trophy hunters. If you can’t accept that…well, you already know where the exit button is.
I’ve also tried my hand at a few creative crafts, and I love to sing. Not that I’m good at it, mind you… [Insert awkward laughter here.] Still, not to brag, but I know all the words to every Disney song in existence and most popular animated films. My kids get a kick out of it. My friends sing along. It’s a good life.
When it comes to actual work, though, writing and editing take the cake (which I probably baked and decorated). I’m a stay-at-home mom and housewife, which keeps me a lot busier than any non-stay-at-home parent might think. Day in and day out, cleaning the same messes, washing the same clothes, scrubbing the same dishes. My three amazingly smart and adorable children (again, not to brag, but…my kids are pretty epic) are only just now coming into the ages where they can help out with chores. I can’t even express my excitement for the upcoming years of delegating tasks around the house! Exercise and fitness help keep me sane, but stay-at-home life is a full-time job in itself. Is it any wonder why I throw myself into fictional worlds so often? Even when I was in the Navy (Nuke ET3, represent!) I preferred the comfort and excitement of a good fantasy world to the real thing.
Editing is my calling. I’m so glad I found it. When I got picked up by a small indie publisher in 2015, I expressed an interest in editing and was fast-tracked to their intern program, studying directly under their editing director. I was praised for my grammar skills and ability to learn quickly as well as my natural talent for word flow and sentence structure. I could feel the author’s voice in their work and loved making every story the best it could be. I was promoted to editing director when my predecessor left, and I learned even more through my experience. I learned to format for paperback and to use code (HTML and CSS) to format for ebook. Sadly, a lot of the information I picked up on in terms of running a publishing company came in the form of watching what not to do. I left the publisher after being with them for nine months (seven of those as an editor) and opened my doors as a freelance editor. Check out my website above if you’re interested in any of my services or want to toss me a message. I always love hearing from new people!
Here I am now: a popular indie editor, an author of a children’s book, an author of short stories across multiple anthologies, and a contributor to various collaborative novels. I have fantasy books in the works, more short stories coming up, and (shh, it’s not official yet) I’m learning how to make my own art style so I can illustrate my own children’s books in the future. Far in the future. One day. Maybe.
Anyway, I think I’m going to go order some pizza now, turn on The Blacklist on Netflix, and get ready for my treadmill. Have a great day, and don’t hesitate to reach out for any reason. I’m always just a few keyboard clicks away. 🙂