About Crystal Green:
Crystal Green is a RITA nominated romantic fiction author who tries her best to avoid international incidents whenever she takes a break from her first love, writing, and cheats on it with her other true love—traveling. She’s the author of the New Adult digital first Aidan Falls series, along with the Rough and Tumble romances, and she has an alter ego named Chris Marie Green, who writes mystery thrillers (The Final Girls Books), the paranormal thriller Ghost for Hire series, and the urban fantasy Vampire Babylon series.
What inspires you to write?
I always get inspired by a new idea (and I get so many of them that I need more than one pen name, LOL). But with new ideas come fear, so more inspiration is required. At that point, I’m inspired by seeing how my characters deal with this new world I’ve created. When I was young, I loved playing paper dolls and Barbies, so I guess I’m still doing it!
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m a brainstormer. Not only does it give me more confidence when I write, but it cuts down on revisions. That’s not to say things don’t change while I’m writing the story, but I at least have a road map. I decide what scenes I’ll need, and I write them on stickies that I post on the wall. If I need to add or delete or switch scenes, it’s easy to do so. I like to use GMC charts, character interviews, and the hero’s journey to plot, too.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Sometimes they do talk to me. They’ll give me the gift of dialogue, if I’m lucky. Those are the characters who have good chemistry with other characters. I never talk to them, though.
What advice would you give other writers?
When it comes down to it, you do have to really be in love with writing. I’ve written a lot of books, and there have been times when I felt burned out. But then a new idea will come to me, and I’m back writing again. I can’t stop.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I started out with Special Edition and Blaze–that was when self-publishing wasn’t an option. When SP became a viable way to publish, I was under contract, and I was chomping at the bit to do some things on my own, so I only experimented. Now I’m able to self-publish more, and it’s exciting. But it’s also scary, because you can’t blame a publisher when a book tanks. Then again, you have the control to change gears and make your work successful.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I’m hoping authors will control distribution and sales. And interactive media will be commonplace.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Contemporary Romance, Sweet Historical Western Romance, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy (as Chris Marie Green), Mystery Thrillers (as Chris Marie Green), Chick Lit (as Chris Marie Green)
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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