Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Award-winning author Crystal Marcos has been a storyteller her entire life. As the oldest of five children, she had to do a lot of entertaining. She lives on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington State with her husband and daughter Kaylee, with another child on the way. Crystal is the author of BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale and HEADACHE: The Hair-Raising Sequel to BELLYACHE. Novus, her third book and first Young Adult novel, is Book One of The Cresecren Chronicles.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The idea for Novus came to me over three years ago in a dream that jolted me awake. I wanted to go back to sleep, hoping to pick up where I left off. I didn’t, and kept thinking about it. I wanted to know more about the people in my dream, more about the setting, more about what was going on and where the story was leading. I finally have the answers, and am delighted to share them. What you’re about to read is a look into my imagination and my dreams. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I had fun creating it.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I build stories in my head when I can’t get to writing them down. I have a very good memory for that sort of thing. I also build stories or get ideas from my very vivid dreams.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Authors from my childhood such as Roald Dahl, Beverly Clearly, and Barbara Robinson influenced me to want to become an author. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is my favorite book and I can’t wait to read it to my kids someday.
What are you working on now?
I am currently working on a children’s picture book and writing the second book in The Cresecren Chronicles.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I mainly concentrate on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Pinterest.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Keep writing, you can’t have a new book published if you stop writing!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Don’t fall in love with your own sentence.
What are you reading now?
I am excited to be reading my children’s books to my 6 year old daughter. We are on my second book in my Children’s book series, HEADACHE: The Hair-Raising Sequel to BELLYACHE. I also started listening to Alive: Book One of the Generations Trilogy. It is interesting so far.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Heavy promotions for my new release, writing, sending my picture book off to the editor, and working directly with the illustrator.