When and why did you begin writing?
Once upon a time there was a little girl so anxious to tell her stories she picked up a pencil—not sure if she even knew how to hold the darn thing.
Tell us about your early works—what was the first thing you ever wrote?
The Elephant’s Father’s Day Surprise while in 2nd grade. Yes, it was an actual book—and not a school assignment. I started as a cartoonist of “Cuties” (cats and bunnies), and branched into words, eventually leaving my sketch artist ways behind. At 11, I completed my first novella. Fast forward ten years, and meet novel #1, which happens to be part of the same story world as MOONLESS.
What books have most influenced your life?
This is not a fair question. Just sayin’. It’s always been the Scriptures, but shooting from a fiction angle, I adore ghost stories of a hundred different breeds. Fantasy won me in 7th grade with the Windrose Chronicles and the Myth Inc series—followed shortly by a Dicken’s obsession. In recent years I’ve branched out to Dean Koontz and a kajillion different YA authors—especially Cassandra Claire, Marissa Meyer, and Chanda Hahn.
What genre do you write?
Young adult. Middle Grade. Adult…ish. Although I’ve dabbled in most genres, I tend to stick with a fantasy/horror/romance mix. I LOVE writing for middle graders because it’s ridiculously creative as my brain can stretch, but ultimately I always gravitate to YA. A girl needs her romance too, right?
If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
Teacher, writer of commercials, composer, cheese eater…? There is no other ideal.
Here's the rest of Crystal's schedule:
The Writing Life: Vicki--11/12
The Creative Process: Terri--11/13
About Your Current Work: Theresa--11/14
Words of Wisdom: Emily--11/15
On the moonless night following her sixteenth birthday, Alexia’s nightmares become reality: a dead baron, red-eyed wraiths, and forbidden love with a man hunted by these creatures. After an attack close to home, Alexia realizes she cannot keep one foot in her old life and one in this new world. To protect her family she must either be sold into a loveless marriage, or escape with her beloved and risk becoming one of the Soulless.
MOONLESS is available November 13, 2013 at: http://crystal-collier.com/BT
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CrystalCollierAuthor
Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7073992.Crystal_Collier
Other: Coming soon to Barnes & Noble
Is your book in print, ebook or both? Currently only an ebook, but watch for it in print and audio book spring of 2014.