Friday, November 4, 2016

Author Interview- Crystal Collier- Timeless

It's YA Friday! Please welcome Crystal Collier here today to share her new book and some editing tips!

In 1771, Alexia had everything: the man of her dreams, reconciliation with her father, even a child on the way. But she was never meant to stay. It broke her heart, but Alexia heeded destiny and traveled five hundred years back to stop the Soulless from becoming.

In the thirteenth century, the Holy Roman Church has ordered the Knights Templar to exterminate the Passionate, her bloodline. As Alexia fights this new threat—along with an unfathomable evil and her own heart—the Soulless genesis nears. But none of her hard-won battles may matter if she dies in childbirth before completing her mission.

Can Alexia escape her own clock?

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Author Interview

Please describe the book in your own words:

Alexia is a young woman of the eighteenth century who won her independence, discovered true love, uncovered the bliss of marriage, and sacrificed it all for the love of her people. Now, having jumped through time to the mid twelve hundreds, she faces the impossible task of stopping the Soulless (creatures who feed on her kind and are eternally damned to hunger) from coming into existence…while eight months pregnant. Which might be possible if she understood how they were created to begin with. Her only clue is the story of a madman. She hasn’t met a madman. But she has met the Knights Templar who are attempting to destroy her people, and her vagabond companions, gifted people like herself who need more hope than she can offer. Now their fate lies in her hands, and if she can’t save them, the future is doomed—for they are the ancestors of her own bloodline.

What is your writing process like?

I start with a seed of an idea and let it sit—sometimes for years, allowing my subconscious to work its magic and weave characters & plot into existence. When I sit down to write, I start with a 9 to 25 point plot outline, character sketches, and any scenes that have demanded to be written while percolating. Over the next 3 to 6 months I write the story in my spare snatches of time, and depending on deadlines, the next 3 to 4 months are for editing. I work with a developmental editor who never lets me off lightly, and then a critique partner or two, a critique group, individual beta readers, and finally a line & proof editor.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Don’t rush. Don’t fret. Don’t stress. Those are things you should only do when you have deadlines and contracts. Enjoy the season where you can write for fun, and write what you want. Do that. All the time.

Favorite ice cream?

Farr’s Pumpkin spice. Mmm.

Crystal Collier is an eclectic author who pens clean fantasy/sci-fi, historical, and romance stories with the occasional touch of humor, horror, or inspiration. She practices her brother-induced ninja skills while teaching children or madly typing about fantastic and impossible creatures. She has lived from coast to coast and now calls Florida home with her creative husband, four littles, and “friend” (a.k.a. the zombie locked in her closet). Secretly, she dreams of world domination and a bottomless supply of cheese.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for having me here today, Dorine. I appreciate it so much!