Interview with Crystal Mason

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating the characters and the scenes; writing the dialogue; just “creating” a fictional story that captivates the reader.
Do you outline your books or wing it? Describe your process.
I jot down my ideas on paper such as what roles the characters will play and how they will tie into each other. I’ve tried winging it before, but it doesn’t work well for me. I need to envision my story first; having an understanding of where I want my story to go helps my writing flow better. I will always brainstorm because it’s a strong foundation for my writing.
What are you working on next?
I've started a new novel. The title is A Time Never Approaching. This story deals with a man and a woman, whose destiny is to become husband and wife. They both desire and pray to meet that special someone but because of character flaws and/or destructive lifestyles, they are both hindered from fulfilling their destiny of meeting and becoming one in a marital union. Throughout the story, they'll face challenges. And how they deal with those challenges will be the determining factor that either leads them closer to one another or further away from each other. Will they overcome their personal demons or will they be stuck in a time never approaching?
What genre(s) do you write in? Why?
I’m not exclusive to any particular genre. If I’m inspired to write about something, I’ll write about it. I don’t want to limit myself. For instance, I may write about demons and spiritual warfare for several years, then shift to romance, mysteries, or drama for my future novels. It just depends on what I’m inspired to write about in a particular season of my life.
What is your least favorite part of writing?
Editing is my least favorite part.
Some writers edit excessively as they write; others wait until a novel is finished to do the bulk of editing. How about you?
I edit my work after I’m completely done. It would take me too long to write my story if I focused on editing at the same time. Furthermore, I think it takes away from the creative process. Also, I’m a writer; not an editor. I edit my book to the best of my ability, then I have a professional editor go over my work.
Can you tell us about your road to publication?
I started off with publishing my books through a publisher. But I realized that wasn’t the road I wanted to take considering the costs associated with a publisher, not having all your rights to your work, etc. There are pros and cons with having a publisher, but I would much prefer having free reign to do what I want with my work, without restrictions. It’s a lot of work to self-publish, but it’s worth it. Thus, I will continue to self-publish my work.
E-books, print, or both? Any preferences? Why?
I want my novels to be in print and as e-books. However, I would opt for e-books first because there’s no waiting period like there is for printed books; once people buy an e-book, they have access to it right away whereas one may have to wait weeks before getting a printed copy in the mail. However, I do realize that a lot of people would rather have a physical copy, which is why I opt for both.
How much time do you spend promoting your books?
I wasn’t able to spend a lot of time on promoting my previous books, but I’ll be putting in a great deal of effort promoting my latest novel. I’ll be promoting as much as I can in between work and school.
What do your fans mean to you?
The feedback I get from people who enjoy my work means a lot to me. Having a supportive fan base contributes to my growth as an author, and the support motivates me to continue writing inspirational and entertaining stories.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My goals inspire me. There's so much that I want to do in my life, and I have yet to accomplish everything. I have to keep pushing.
Published 2018-01-24.
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Books by This Author

Eyes Don't Lie
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 38,330. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Oppressed by a demon, Keith seeks out women who resembles someone close to him. Affected by his dark past, the slightest trigger sets Keith off, and those sought after curly haired brunettes with blue eyes become his victims. As Keith encounters different women, he stumbles upon McKenzie, who is different from the rest. She has a gift that gets the wheel turning in another direction.