Crystal Reavis is an American fantasy author. The first book of her series The Awakening called Areal is available now. Areal was nominated for the Author Academy Awards. She is currently working on her second book and plans to publish it n 2020. She also has articles in The Old Schoolhouse where she writes about homeschooling. She lives in Colorado with her husband and three kids. When she isn’t writing you can find her reading, hanging with her family, and helping to market other authors.
What inspires you to write?
My love and passion for writing, it's just part of who I am. I get lost in it, the worlds and characters I'm creating. I really do love it!
Tell us about your writing process.
I'm more of a seat of your pants writer but I do outline now and then. I guess you could say I am a little bit of both an outliner and panster. I use the snowflake method usually when I do an outline. I also do character profiles. It's not very often I outline but when I do I'm detailed. I usually don't write every day, I know for a lot of authors that's weird. I, however, need to take a break or I push myself to hard and get burnt out. I usually write every other day and will write for 2-4 hours after my kids go to bed. I tend to get more done late at night when it's quieter.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I tend to listen to my characters more. I let them take lead of their lives and I follow along. Sometimes I'm a bit surprised by the way my story goes when I listen to my characters.
Who are your favorite authors?
Terry Goodkind, Stephen King, Jane Austen, and Robert Jordan are at the top of my list. I love how each tells their stories and the way they build their worlds. I love getting immersed in their books.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I did a lot of research before I published my book. `I looked at the pros of traditional, self and vanity publishing. I decided to go with a smaller less known publisher. Not a vanity publisher I didn't pay anything. Going with a smaller publisher was a great choice for me because I've had a lot of say in what happens to my book. I have a ton of freedom in how it's marketed, price, etc. I've also been brought on to help market some of the other authors. It's been a great opportunity for me.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the future is very bright, people love books. With so many different ways to get books now, I think book publishing will be going strong for many, many years. People love to read and this will continue for as long as we exist. Book publishing isn't going anywhere, it may not always look the same but it will always be around one way or another.
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