Author interview 152 – Crystal Cherie


Crystal Cherie

United States of America

Age 30

Crystal Cherie is the award-winning author of Deleted and Lucky and the Killer, as well as her upcoming New Adult series, The Divine Houses. Her writing has been published in Liberty State Fiction Writer’s News and the T.E. Avery Mystery Daily. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education and studied Creative Writing at the University of West Georgia and Georgia State University. A Georgia native, she lives near Atlanta with her husband.

After watching her family die, a young girl must unlearn everything she knew about being human in order to figure out who has been killing them and why, or she’s next.


Blurb & Tagline:

„She stands accused of murdering angels. He’ll do anything to make sure it stays that way.”
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.

Romelia:   WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR ARTISTIC PROCESS?

Crystal Cherie:   I think the most difficult part of my artistic process is coming up with character appearances. I feel my characters more than I see them which can sometimes make for bleak descriptions. On the plus side, I think that allows my readers to come up with how they want to see a character more. It is something I’m actively working on, though.

Romelia:   DOES YOUR FAMILY SUPPORT YOUR CAREER AS A WRITER?

Crystal Cherie:   Absolutely! I will admit, there are some things I’m nervous about sharing with family. For instance, I was raised not to cuss, but several of my characters do. That’s them, not me.

My husband, in particular, is super supportive of my writing. I don’t think I would’ve ever published a book if he’d not been there reading them and encouraging me along the way. Even now, he invests in my writing—which makes me believe in myself just a little bit more.

Romelia:   IF YOU HAD TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENTLY AS A CHILD OR TEENAGER TO BECOME A BETTER WRITER AS AN ADULT, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Crystal Cherie:   I don’t think I’d change anything. I had a very rough childhood to start with. The abuse was what got me into reading. I started reading and writing very early on. It was my escape, and my newfound love for reading lead me to have a love for writing in the end.

I think most writers have a bit of darkness inside that needs to come out. It’s cathartic and a good, healthy way to cope with real life.

Romelia:   HOW LONG ON AVERAGE DOES IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE A BOOK?

Crystal Cherie:   Before I started full-time writing, it’d take me a year or more to finish a novel. Now that I write full-time, it takes me about two months to get it from head to paperback.

Romelia:   DO YOU BELIEVE IN WRITER’S BLOCK?

Crystal Cherie:   Yes and no. I believe there is such a thing as writer’s block, but I believe it can easily be undone if you just force yourself to write again.

I believe that sometimes we get stale. Ideas come harder, things don’t fit together like they once did when we were in flow. It feels very much like a block.

But I’ve found if I sit down and manage to spew out something, then new, better ideas start to come, and it goes away.

Romelia:   AT WHAT POINT DO YOU THINK SOMEONE SHOULD CALL THEMSELVES A WRITER?

Crystal Cherie:   I think you can call yourself a writer when you’re on your second piece. Moving on to something else shows that you’re continuing to write, and if you’re continuing to write, then you’re a writer.

Romelia:   WHAT DIFFERENCE DO YOU SEE BETWEEN A WRITER AND AN AUTHOR?

Crystal Cherie:   Not much, honestly. But if I had to nitpick, an author is finished. A writer is still writing. I authored a book that’s already done. I’m writing my new book now. Apples and oranges, really.

Romelia:   HOW DO YOU PROCESS AND DEAL WITH NEGATIVE BOOK REVIEWS?

Crystal Cherie:   I recognize that my work isn’t going to be the right fit for everyone, but I also recognize that if there’s a legitimate claim to the review, then I should revise and reconsider my work. Thankfully, I haven’t had much experience in this department. I’m sure it will come with time, though.

Romelia:   WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR WRITING PROCESS?

Crystal Cherie:   I think the hardest part of the writing process is editing. Even if you know the rules, it’s tedious. Your eyes get tired, and it’s easy to miss things. It’s also the most boring part. There’s nothing new to create, but it’s definitely still a necessary part of the process. It’s just the most difficult for me.

Romelia:   HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WRITING OR WHEN DID YOU START?

Crystal Cherie:   I started writing stories when I was ten years old. I wrote my first novella when I was seventeen (of course, I never published it). Now, I’m thirty. So, I’ve been writing, on and off, for about 23 years.

Romelia:   WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A WRITER WORKING ON THEIR FIRST BOOK?

Crystal Cherie:   I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: invest! Invest in your work. This means putting your time and resources into your writing. If you don’t take your writing seriously, it’ll remain a hobby that you sometimes manage to make time for—and you won’t ever finish anything. (I speak from experience.)

I spent several years thinking of my writing as a hobby, and the older I got, the more I realized that there are people out there who write worse than me making a living off writing. Why can’t I?

Writing your first book is hard, and it’s going to suck. Period. But if you invest in your writing, educate yourself, learn from other authors, put time into it, then it gets easier.

Romelia:   WHAT, TO YOU, ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENTS OF GOOD WRITING?

Crystal Cherie:   *Show more than you tell

*Relatable characters

*More action than “purple prose”

*Bad guys that are three-dimensional and have good qualities, too

*Polished sentences (so that it doesn’t detract the reader from the reading).

Romelia:   WHAT COMES FIRST FOR YOU – THE PLOT OR THE CHARACTERS – AND WHY?

Crystal Cherie:   The characters come first for me. It’s just part of how I write. I daydream about the people first, because the people are who I want to read about.

Romelia:   HOW DO YOU DEVELOP YOUR PLOT AND CHARACTERS?

Crystal Cherie:   I develop my characters entirely in my mind, usually through daydreaming. Some characters develop as I write them, and I don’t even know about them until I’m writing them (like I did for Olivia in my upcoming book House of Neptune—honest to God, she wasn’t in the plans anywhere).

I don’t base my characters off of people I know in real life. Quite the opposite, my characters are the type of people I would dream of having in my pretend life: powerful, good friends, royalty, etc.

After I design the main characters, I use a simple “Save the Cat” beat sheet to plan out the major plot points so that I don’t write myself into a corner.

Romelia:   WHEN DID YOU FIRST CALL YOURSELF A WRITER?

Crystal Cherie:   When I finished my first book and kept going!

Romelia:   HOW DO YOU USE SOCIAL MEDIA AS AN AUTHOR?

Crystal Cherie:   Very poorly (haha). I’m working on that, though. I think most writers are, by nature, a little introverted. It’s hard for me to do pictures and video, but that’s changing now that I’ve got my new publicist! And it’s changing for the better. Since I’ve started utilizing social media more often, I’ve made some great connections and gotten to know some really great authors.

Romelia:   WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE AND LEAST FAVORITE PART OF PUBLISHING?

Crystal Cherie:   My favorite part is getting to hold the finished book in my hands. I can’t help it; I love paperbacks. My least favorite part is formatting the book for print.

Romelia:   WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO AN AUTHOR WHO WANTED TO DESIGN THEIR OWN COVER?

Crystal Cherie:   I design my own covers, so I’ve got some experience in this. I took graphic design for two years in school. So, again, my advice is to invest. Go study. It’s always a learning process. I still study up on it for mine and run my cover by others to get their thoughts.

Make sure your text is readable. Make sure your image has good contrast and stands out. If you’re writing a series, make your cover designs consistent. A free program that’s good for deep-image manipulation is ArtWeaver. If you’re looking for more of a template cover, try Canva.

Romelia:   HOW MANY BOOKS HAVE YOU WRITTEN AND WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE?

Crystal Cherie:   I’ve written 3 books total and am in the process of writing my 4th.

My favorite book is the book I just released, House of Pluto. It’s part of what’s going to be a six-book series, and I’m truly excited about writing all of it.

Romelia:   WHAT PART OF THE BOOK DID YOU HAVE THE HARDEST TIME WRITING?

Crystal Cherie:   I think I had the hardest time writing the first quarter of the book. I always have a hard time with the “debate” part of a story that comes after the juicy stuff. It’s hard to write and even harder to write well.

Romelia:   WHAT PART OF THE BOOK WAS THE MOST FUN TO WRITE?

Crystal Cherie:   I always like when I get to introduce a new character or do a relationship scene. These are usually subplots, so they’re more carefree than critical plot points which makes them more fun to write.

Romelia:   WHICH OF THE CHARACTERS DO YOU RELATE TO THE MOST AND WHY?

Crystal Cherie:   I relate most to Robin. She’s seen a lot of death and bad things in her life, as have I. She’s sort of my outlet when life gets tough.

Romelia:   IF YOU’RE PLANNING A SEQUEL. CAN YOU SHARE A TINY BIT ABOUT YOUR PLANS FOR IT?

Crystal Cherie:   Yes! House of Neptune is book two in The Divine Houses series and is coming December 2021. In book two, and without spoilers, Robin learns more about her new world, and the big, bad guy makes more of an appearance. The stakes get higher, and we learn a few more secrets about Lennox and Robin.

Romelia:   TELL US SOMETHING FUNNY ABOUT YOUR ADULT LIFE.

Crystal Cherie:   Funny? All of it. Adulthood is one, giant joke. But if I had to pick one thing, it’s not even about me. It’s my pet squirrel, Sherman, who lives to recline in the bird feeder like it’s a Jacuzzi hot tub. He’s pretty funny. I think I got him trained to ask for food now.

Romelia:   DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN A FEW SENTENCES. TELL US SOMETHING WE DO NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU AND SOMETHING YOU HATE ABOUT THE WORLD.

Crystal Cherie:   I’m a sickly recluse who likes books and video games. I have MCAS and asthma. Both are hard to live with, but both are getting better with new medicines.

MCAS isn’t talked about often, but it’s basically a condition involving the overactivity of mast cells that causes pseudo anaphylaxis to different triggers. For instance, before I got on my meds, I could walk by someone smoking a cigarette and end up in the E.R., because my body interprets it as a major allergic reaction. I live with systemic symptoms that you might actually see from time to time on video. (My skin will splotch red a lot during interviews, but I do them for you anyway!) Something I hate about the world? People. Well, not all people, just the ones that suck and hurt others.

Contact Email: crystalwilsonc@yahoo.com

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