Interview with Crystal Taylor

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I got my first Kindle about two years ago. I've since upgraded to a Kindle Fire.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing at age ten and haven't stopped since. I first began writing erotica about three years ago as part of an exercise with a writing circle I belonged to. I found it incredibly cathartic and people seemed to be impressed with my ability to weave a story in amidst the sweaty heaving bodies.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My first answer would be completing something, but in reality it's when I'm so involved in a story that it takes on a life of its own and my characters are doing things I never expected of them.
What do your fans mean to you?
I love my fans. Right now I only have a few, mostly from my old writing circle, but the feedback and encouragement I get from them is incredible.
What are you working on next?
I have lots of things in the works. I have a pretty serious back log of complete and partially complete stories and even more notes on stories I want to write. That's not much of an answer, is it? For longer erotic fiction I have a period piece (Pirates!) that I'm really falling in love with, as well as what I call a bit of a tribute to Phillip K. Dick. I've always been taken by his ability to tell a story and I just hope my tribute is well received.
Who are your favorite authors?
I read a ton so here goes a few in no particular order: Phillip K. Dick, Stephen King, J.D. Robb, Tom Clancy, J.A. Konrath, John Sandford, I'm leaving out so many it's sad.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My dogs. Those beasts (I mean that in the sweetest way possible) never let me sleep in.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm very outdoorsy. I love hiking, photography, finding new restaurants, and apparently writing cupid.com ads because that's what this answer sounds like.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember it was about Barbie and a stolen Christmas tree. I think my brother's GI Joe played the detective. Ken was the bad guy.
What is your writing process?
Most of my stories start with a line or two popping into my head. From there I work both forward and backward. Rarely does that first line end up being the first line in the story. I fill in lots of dialogue and that tends to act as an outline and fuel the descriptions. Once I have a "finished" version I'll tear through it two or three times.

Then my husband reads it, he's great at pointing out plot holes. He's also very good at making suggestions which usually leads to my final write up. Then I let it sit and percolate for a day or so before rereading, doing a final edit and sending off to my editor. She goes through and usually has a point or two to make as well.

Assuming the edit doesn't trigger ideas I make a pass through to firm up the dialogue and call it good. If I add a substantial amount it'll go back to editing.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I love the suggestions threads (people who bought this also bought...). I also haunt several indie author forums. I've found some fabulous reads there.
Published 2014-03-22.
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Books by This Author

A's are for Suckers
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,800. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » General, Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica
An erotic short- Caylee needs an A in the worst way, but studying harder than everyone else in class isn’t cutting it. Luckily her friend Rebecca knows the secret to acing handsome Mr. Hardwell’s class. The only question is if the bright, but sexually inexperienced Caylee can bring herself to do it. The first tale in the Suckers series.
For Her Dom
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,500. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
Finding the man of her dreams wasn’t easy for Meredith. Keeping him will require her to complete three tasks and do things she wouldn’t have thought she was capable of.
Dominating the Boss
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 21,270. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
An erotic novella- Gary Murdoch is a hard driving perfectionist, beloved by bosses and clients, but feared by his coworkers. His temper and cave man like attitude towards women has driven off every assistant he’s ever had. So, what does Rachel Lucas see in him that makes her volunteer for the job?
Fantasy Night
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,200. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » General, Fiction » Erotica » Couples Erotica
An erotic short- Adrienne and Paul want to keep their marriage interesting, something it hasn’t been lately. So, Adrienne decides to let Paul witness one of his fantasies first hand. She just doesn’t know if he can handle it.
Strangers on a Train
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,410. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » General, Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Fate has put Renee and Gary on the same train. Gary can’t help but pursue Renee, but her recent history with men has made her a little more than skeptical of the man that doesn’t seem to be who he claims.