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Feb 23 2014

Writing superheroes: Crystal Collier

  Who is that superhero in fuzzy socks….read on and find out!

superhero copyIf you were to write the ‘origin’s episode’ of your writing what would be the most important scenes? What did your early efforts look like? Are they still around to be used as bribes and blackmail material?

 

If you were to write the ‘origin’s episode’ of your writing what would be the most important scenes?

 Imagine Younger Sister Girl (me) and 4 older brothers huddled together, 80’s radio playing in the background, and their oldest brother relating his latest creation in “The tales of SUPER GOOBER.”

Simultaneously (while in 3rd grade), she dreams crazy story dreams, one of which prompts her to write her first 10 page story just for fun.

The playground every recess through 5th and 6th grade, three girls take turns trying to tell the scariest story. Younger Sister Girl kicks trash.

Age 12, she notices that “play time” with younger siblings has become elaborate story sessions, and anxiously chronicles the best ones through pictures and the written word.

Ever thereafter: younger siblings gather to her room for slumber parties as she explains the ins and outs of her growing story world.Crystal Collier Author

 

All super heroes have their mild-mannered secret identity, what is yours? I promise we won’t tell.

 Super home school mom to 3, church Primary President, and dizzy housekeeper.

 

Who are your partners in crime? What are their superpowers?

  •  Kidlet #1: now 13, chats out story issues with me.
  • Hubby: shredder/plotter extraordinaire.
  • Super Rocktastic Younger Sister: first reader of everything, ALWAYS.
  • Critique partners: Rachel Hert, Tammy Mckee and various others of secret identities.
  • Editor Extreme: Bethany Kaczmarek.

 

Where do you get your superpowers from?

 Cheese.

 

Where is your secret lair and what does it look like?

 *shifty eyes* If I told you that, I’d have to kill you. *wink* (It might be somewhere in the vicinity of Disney World. Maybe.)

 

What kind of training do you do to keep your superpowers in world saving form?

 I read 6 to 10 books a month, write every day, and spend a good hour to 3 marketing while keeping the fridge stocked with cheese.

 Granted, you probably don’t get to wear your superhero costume a lot, but if you did, what would it look like?

 Corset, ball-gown skirts, leather jacket and fuzzy socks.

 

What is your kryptonite? What are the biggest challenges faced with in your writing?

 Time.

 

What important lessons have you learned along the way?

 There is power in doing something every day. Eventually it adds up to a substantial whole.

 

What have been the best/most memorable experiences along the way?

  •  1993 Completing my fist novella.
  • 2002 Finishing my first novel.
  • 2003 The first draft of Moonless magically appears, and sits ignored for a LONG time.
  • 2006 Mentorship from a very kind literary agent friend.
  • 2012 Pitch Wars—taking 2nd place and cleaning up on requests.
  • Early 2013 Signing a contract with Raybourne Publishing
  • November 2013 Publication of MOONLESS.

 

If you did this again what would you do differently and what would you not change?

 Not a thing.

 

What is the best (writing or otherwise) advice you have ever gotten and why.

 Read like your writing depends on it. It does.

 

Moonless coverTell us about your new book and why we need to drop everything and get it now.

 MOONLESS, described as Jane Eyre meet Supernatural, was released in eBook November 2013, in print, February 10, 2014. The one liner: Alexia must choose safety and an arranged marriage, or true love and being hunted by the Soulless every moonless night.

 My goal has always been to publish stories with epic plots, living characters, a Thriller-type pace, and content you’re not afraid to pass on to your kids.

 

What’s in store for you in the future? Do you have any other big projects on the horizon?

 MOONLESS is the first of a trifecta: three series, three protagonists, and one giant story world. The sequel, SOULLESS is scheduled for publication July, 2014: Alexia only wants to be with the man she loves, but at the cost of hundreds of lives?

 

 You can find Crystal at:

Blog~Twitter~Goodreads~Facebook~Website~Buy Moonless

 

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