I’m hosting Blog Tour Author Chrystal Collier

(cross posted on The Independent Bookworm)

Chrystal CollierI’m happy to be able to host a writer that I have known and admired for quite a while already: Chrystal Collier. With the release of her new novel Moonless, she is touring the world (virtually of course, who could afford anythign else) and popped in here for a short interview.

Why did you choose a socially challenged heroine?
MOONLESS is written for young adults. As a teenager, I remember that being one of my greatest struggles—figuring out my place in the world and feeling like I just didn’t fit in. Who doesn’t feel that at some point?

What makes the world of your novel different from ours?
Call this an alternate history if you will, but what if there was another race of people hidden just below the surface of society? Now let’s say these people are gifted and unique, but nature is all about balance, so they have an antithesis or predator. Keep in mind they don’t propagate as easily as humanity which makes them a minority, and their discovery in the past has led to wars, racial cleansing, etc. Because of that, they’re very interested in remaining unknown, even while their battle for survival rages in the shadows.

What was the most exciting thing happening when you wrote your novel?
Some people write dozens of novels before they get published. I rewrite the same book again and again and again until I get it right—or at least, that’s how it worked with Moonless. During rewrites we’ve lived in 3 different states, had two kids, worked on and off with producers for a Broadway aimed musical, and I’ve been a composer/writer for an audio/video production company. Do we need to add any more excitement?

Tell us about your writing day schedule.
My days starts with study, then I’m getting kids fed, dressed and into a home school day. After a couple lessons (and while the littles are occupied with assignments), I check in with email, the blogosphere, maybe even some critiquing. Finally, mid to late afternoon my littles get free time and I dive into writing, with regular interruptions, praying for a solid two hours.

If you could change one thing in your life, what would it be?
I believe we are infinitely powerful beings. We can accomplish anything through hard work and perseverance. My only complaint is the need for a time-stopper. (Which the scientists locked in my Floridian basement are desperately working to complete.)

Thank you for answering our question, Chrystal. We wish you a lot of success for your books.

P.S. I started reading, and it’s really good. Go and check it out right now: Amazon, Barnes&Noble, Smashwords, iBooks, or Sony

P.S.S. Chrystal is giving away three copies of Moonless. Visit this post for details (You need to scroll a bit).

P.S.S.S. Remember that you can still sign up for my free Advent calendar.

8 thoughts on “I’m hosting Blog Tour Author Chrystal Collier”

  1. sjp says:

    Another interesting stopover in the tour 🙂

    1. Cat says:

      Thanks for visiting.

  2. Hurray for socially-challenged heroines! That kind of thing is relatable at any age, I think…

    Also, I am in total agreement about time-stoppers. Those would be so handy!

    1. Cat says:

      Me too. I once watched a film where a guy got a remote control for his life and he kept fast forwarding scenes. I thought that’d be so stupid if you could slow things down instead…

    2. Heather, I’ll shoot you an email when the scientists locked in my basement finish repairing it. 😉

      1. Cat says:

        I’d like to get one too. 😉

  3. Yay! Thank you for having me here today, Cat, and for the very kind words. You are rock-tastic!

    1. Cat says:

      So are you.

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