Interview with A.W.Chrystalis

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do actually.It was when I was about 11 years old. I was staying overnight at a friends house and we were trying to scare each other with ghost stories. I came up with a really good one and my buddy told me that I should write it down so that I can scare his little brother with it. I did write it down but only a few days later I ended up throwing it away. At that time, I was not a fan of reading, or writing for that matter, books in any shape or form. It was not until a little more than a decade later that I even thought that I could even be any good at all with storytelling.
What is your writing process?
My writing process? Well, in the past it was extremely lengthy as I felt that I had to do it all on my own. After meeting my talented editor and reviewer, I have been able to cut out a lot of time. Today, I write the story out completely and though that takes more time to get individual books out I personally like it because I feel like I can guarantee that I can give any fans the whole story quicker from the release of book 1 to the last. After I write the original story I take some time to work on another before returning with a fresh mind to perform what I call a rewrite, adding in and taking out things that do not quite fit and correcting mistakes that I can find.From there I send it to my reviewer who reads over each book and lets me know how he feels the story flows and how much sense it makes given the era of the story. Once I get my review I do a reread to correct any mistakes my reviewer found and to read it again and make sure that what I wrote makes sense to the flow of the story still. I then send it to my editor, who right now is a wonderful young lady who is in college to gain her major in English. She is kind enough to read through it and make grammar corrections for me and has even done a wonderful job of adding or editing story bits that flow perfectly with what I originally wrote. She has advised me on a great many things and because of her I am a better writer and storyteller. After she returns my documents to me I go through another read, adding and subtracting bits and pieces. It is only at that time that I feel that I can release it to my audience.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I wont talk about the first I ever read, honestly until a decade ago I did not enjoy reading at all. But the first one that I can honestly say that I read the entire thing was a book my wife gave me. It was by Marion Zimmer Bradley and it was a book of short stories called Lythande, adept of the blue star. This one novel did for me what other novels do for most people. It opened my eyes to a whole new world and with the idea of my own books it showed me that I can write in multiple forms. It was after this novel that I willingly sought out other novels from Piers Anthony, Mercedes Lackey and many others to learn how to write in the first place and from that I learned a much more important lesson. Every story, whether it is fiction or not is a story worth reading. They are lives of people I have never known in worlds that I through I could only read about. Once I began writing my own, I learned they were worlds that I could visit instead of only read about.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to incorporate something about that particular part of the story into the cover, but other then that it is all about how I feel about the finished image that I can come close to accepting the finished work.
What do you read for pleasure?
There are several actually. J.K.Rowling's Harry Potter series is one of my favorites, but also the Mage series from Mercedes Lackey, which contains several different stories.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Mostly my phone, but the apps on my toshiba laptop are quite nice for reading virtual books.
When did you first start writing?
I first starting actually writing in 2006, but it was not until around 2009 that I actually got serious about it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy in writing came just recently with a review I got right here on smashwords. I would have been happy with any review, including a nasty one for that would mean someone read my first book, the one I got from Debra Lewis made me very happy indeed. This is what she said; Loved this book! has great potential for a long saga as the mystery is solved. I enjoyed the diversity of the characters. The tug and pull of family or a great cause, which to choose? When is the next book? I want to find out what happens. This review made my day when I read it. To find that someone, anyone out there in this world found this story as wonderful as I personally do was thrilling beyond most anything in my life, with the exception of my daughters being in my life.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean the world to me. Granted, I do not have a large fan base, but the few people who have read my books and have given advise and or encouragement has been one thing that has kept me writing to begin with.
What are you working on next?
I have a schedule for myself, though it may take a bit. I am trying to finish up the editing and everything for this first series, The End of Old Ways. After that, I will be working on the next series which is actually the past for this first set of novels, three hundred years in the past to be precise. That story I still need to finish writing and then I must go through the normal process. After that, I will begin a officially writing a story that is within the same world as both of these but a long, long time before they ever take place. And from there, your guess is as good as mine on where I will go. The sky is the limit really.
Published 2014-09-08.
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Books by This Author

Family Bonds
Series: The Promises, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,390. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Mach continues his journey with his comrades. The journey north will be a test of their strength, but it need not be done alone. Family comes in all shapes and sizes, and he will find out just how true that is as he prepares for the next length of his journey.
Family Oaths
Series: The Promises, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,620. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Fulfilling Promises is a characteristic that Mach Derune prides himself on. However, loyalty is another. What he finds as he travels through Jarthrum will make him question his decisions of what he should do and who he should aide.
Honoring Oaths
Series: The Promises, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,420. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The journey to complete a promise begins. With the help of old friends and new, Mach Derune begins his quest to fulfill that last of his promises.
A Time of Revenge
Series: The End of Old Ways, Book 7. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,170. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
7th and last installment of The End of Old Ways series. The hunt for Rubious will come to an end as the final battle begins. Will the cost of war be too much to handle?
Dawn of the New Empires
Series: The End of Old Ways, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 82,240. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Time is running out and events are moving quickly. Alliances are being formed and armies are on the move. Mach is preparing for inevitable conflict that would bring him face to face with the man who took everything from him. But will he be able to withstand the Power that Rubious has obtained? The journey continues in book 6 as Mach continues the hunt for the Stones and Rubious.
Rebrith of the Dragon Phoenix
Series: The End of Old Ways, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 97,170. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
King Rubious has vanished but the search for the Stones must continue. One of the Stones may lie to the far north of the Sedan Kingdom, but the Guardians of that Stone may not wish to part with it. The journey continues in book 5 as Mach continues his quest for ending the Old Laws and ending the reign of King Rubious.
Shadows of Ruins Past
Series: The End of Old Ways, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 97,380. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The journey continues in book 4 as Mach Derune and company seek out the Stones of Magic. A new ally has come to King Rubious, and with it a new Power will be fought for. The Stones are not the only relic of Power in the Empire Seas and now the King of Sirunre is on the move The time has come for Mach to join up with his allies to try and finish what he started. But will he have the Strength?
Allies of The Past
Series: The End of Old Ways, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 103,680. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The journey continues. Knowledge of the Stones whereabouts has been gained, along with much needed man power. But the fight against King Rubious will still be harder than any one person cares to try. Allies are needed. On the path to gain control of one of the Legendary Stones, Mach finds himself contacting a group of people who were once Allies to the Mages of old. Can he barter an alliance?
Renewal of Royal Lines
Series: The End of Old Ways, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 125,120. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The journey continues. Four of the Stones of Magic have been found, one of which is now in the possession of Mach and his crew. But the location of the other three are not known.But hope remains still to find them before Rubious, and that hope lies with a rumor. The Last Mage village may have the answers Mach seeks, but while there, he will find more answers than he had questions for.
The Stones of Magic
Series: The End of Old Ways, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 116,800. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(5.00 from 1 review)
The beginning to the end. The last three hundred years has not been kind to the Mages of the Empire Seas region and in a world where having magic or magical items could get you executed on the spot, one group of individuals have set out to find and protect seven magical Stones that, in the hands of the enemy, could destroy everything.