Check out this author spotlight for Crystal Cherie!
You can find all her links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out her books!
1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!
Hi, I’m Crystal Cherie. I live near Atlanta, Georgia with my husband, Thomas. I write Paranormal and Fantasy novels and love both cats and pumpkins way more than I should.
2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!
Winter, spring, summer or autumn?
I used to like Autumn best, but my mom passed away unexpectedly during September of 2017 and ever since then I’ve clung to Spring.
Cat or dog?
Both? I love cats and dogs. I had two dogs that each lived for 20 years before they passed on. I now have one cat that makes his room and board with my dad, because we found out my husband is very, very allergic to him.
Tea or coffee?
Tea. I drink sweet tea every day (being from the South), but I rarely drink coffee because of medical conditions.
Plotter or pantser?
I’m naturally a pantser, but after I got 130k deep into a book I didn’t plot, I became a plantser. I’ve found a quick outline of “Save the Cat” works wonders for stories.
Book or ebook?
Book! I know eBooks have several perks for authors and readers alike, but I’ll never deny the good feeling of having a physical, paperback book in my hands. It just reminds me of home.
3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?
Anything with a bit of romance and a great bad guy. I’m a sucker for well-written villains. Let me clarify: good bad guys are bad guys that aren’t evil just to be evil. They should be 3D, with both good and bad aspects to their personality. Give me a clever, well-written bad guy, and I’m hooked.
4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!
Currently, I’m working on a six-book series called The Divine Houses. It is a sort of mesh between Harry Potter and Sailor Moon (because I am a nerd and love both). There’s plenty of magic, stars, royal palaces, and good bad guys. Right now, I’m drafting book two, House of Neptune, which will release December 2021.
5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!
Robin Marie Luxley is bad luck. But she doesn’t want to be. She just wants to go through her teenage years like a normal girl: go to school, listen to music, and maybe find true love. Instead, she spends her time watching everyone around her die—as if death seems interested in her in particular. And she’s gotten used to the dark. Bad things happen.
But when her aunt dies, things change. A stranger wearing black appears in the hospital room to warn her: she’s not at all who she thought she was. And maybe she really isn’t bad luck. Maybe someone is targeting her family instead.
Secrets unravel, and Robin must unlearn everything she thought she knew about being human in order to track down whoever has been killing her family, or she’s next.
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6. What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)? Name a few!
In real-life, I have MCAS which is a condition that causes pseudo anaphylaxis among a host of other things like splotching, tachycardia, and really bad brain fog. So, I’ll often write about characters that have trouble breathing or focusing. I have immense trouble with both. I also have symptoms of ADHD. I’ve yet to figure out if it’s the brain fog that comes with MCAS or not, but I feel the pain from it either way. That’s actually one reason I love to write. I can use the backspace button as often as I need to, and it isn’t as hard on my lungs as talking out loud is. I really appreciate a written interview, so thanks!
I also write about death a lot because I’ve actually experienced a lot of death. I’m thirty years young and so far, I’ve lost: my mom, all my grandparents, two uncles, two dogs, and a baby. It’s a total of nine so far. So, when I write about death or loss, it’s real. If I write about dead bodies or how they feel, that’s also real. At one point in time, I used to work in a cemetery, too. Lots of real-life inspiration, unfortunately! Writing is a great coping mechanism for everything.
As far as fiction inspiration goes, I draw from stories that I like. My favourite authors are Cassandra Clare and Jude Watson. The first book I ever binged when I was a kid was Premonitions by Jude Watson. Ever since then, I was addicted to the written word. And Premonitions is, still to this day, my favorite book.
7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!
I used to write at the crack of 3 a.m. But now, I write full time. I get up around 9 a.m. and work on writing and interviews until about 4 p.m. It has really helped me to get so much more done, and it makes me feel so much better on the inside. My only ritual includes making sure I have tea/soda and some music to listen to.
8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to become an author, what would it be?
Invest. Invest your time and resources into your writing. It’ll stay in the desk drawer if you don’t.
9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!