- A lover of Fantasy and all things Magical Realism
Readers, let’s give a good, hearty welcome to this week’s guest!
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 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 and spends her free time healing raids on Final Fantasy XIV.
Crystal, thanks for agreeing to be here today. Most interviews start off with the boring stuff, but I know what readers REALLY want to know.
If you could have any pet (real/fantasy/no-allergies/no worries about feeding it) what would it be?
Any one pet or all of them, haha? I love animals both real and imagined. But if I had to pick any one pet to have, it would probably be a black panther. I love cats in general, and I always had this fantasy as a child of being, like, some sort of warrior princess with a giant black cat (cringe but true). To be fair, who wouldn’t want a giant black panther?
You make a great point! And I know a certain niece of mine who wants nothing but cat worlds.
What do you write? And how did you get started?
I write Fantasy and Paranormal fiction and tend to do subgenres of both Romance and Magical Realism. I’m a very “escapist-oriented” author because I’m a survivor of childhood abuse. And it was very traumatic, and books and writing became my hiding place. I’ve found, as an adult, that writing is very healing. So, I create the worlds and people and friends that I wanted when I was growing up but never had. Surprisingly, going through bad things can make very good books.
I published my first book a few years back, and things have just grown ever since. But I started writing young because of all that. I finished my first manuscript when I was seventeen. Of course, I never published it, and that’s okay. We all have to start somewhere, but I think having that early foundation really helped me get going with my actual authoring platform now.
Oh, dear. I’m so glad you’ve found healing in your writing. And wow at such at early start!
What do you like to Read?
I like to read the same things I write. I love Fantasy worlds, anything supernatural or involving spiritual things. I like to read girls doing big things because that’s what I relate to, you know?
Really? Fantasy worlds and spiritual things… maybe I should let you know when I finally get published…
Name one commonly accepted piece of writing advice that doesn’t work for you.
Never start a sentence with a conjunction
Well, in formal writing, they say never to start a sentence with a conjunction. But I break that rule a lot, especially in fiction. See? See what I did there? As a former English teacher, I can tell you that there’s actually nothing grammatically incorrect about starting a sentence with a conjunction.
Ha! I agree.
Name one commonly accepted piece of writing advice that they can pry out of your cold, dead hands.
The oxford comma and the “Rule of Three”
The Oxford comma, of course, and the “Rule of Three”. I think there is something divinely satisfying to the human psyche about the number three, for many reasons. And it works so well in writing. I highly encourage you to look it up if you haven’t already done so.
Are you me? Am I actually interviewing myself right now? (j/k)
Shameless Self-Promotion time!
She’s the author of The Divine Houses, with book 2 having just debuted, December 4th!
House of Pluto (Book 1)
“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.
House of Neptune (Book 2)
Robin Marie Luxley thought life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re only half-human, your best friend is dead, and you can suddenly control the power of life and death? While she would love to stay on the run with her dad, the High Chancellor won’t let her. He can track her anywhere at any time—and can kill anyone he wants.
After he catches her, Robin makes a secret trade: Neptune’s key for her Daevan mother. Having to use her newfound powers is not easy but having to lie to her friends about what’s going on is harder.
The group travels underseas to the House of Neptune where Lennox seeks to find a way to undo the Chancellor’s mark, Charlotte searches for the Gate to Heaven, and Robin looks for the key to betray them all.