I had the pleasure to ask the lovely Crystal Ash some questions and her answers are fascinating.
Tell us a little about yourself. How did you first get into writing?
I was obsessed with reading since I was a kid. At 7-8 years old I was devouring RL Stine books like nobody’s business. As a teenager I found a paranormal romance book written and published by a girl who was also 13-14 (In the Forest of the Night by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes). I was amazed by that and inspired to write my own stories. Writing has been part of me ever since.
If you didn’t write, ideally would you do for work?
I love animals and volunteer with them whenever I can. So I’d probably work with some kind of animal rescue.
Does your family support your career as a writer?
Yes, thankfully! They don’t know exactly what I write though, haha. I think part of my writing obsession came from my dad. He’s always reading and journaling, and he’s published some poetry and non-fiction too. He’s super proud of me but again, I think he would die if he knew I was writing reverse harem!
Is being a writer a gift or a curse?
It’s absolutely a gift, I can’t see it being anything but! I don’t see it as some special talent though that only certain people have. Anyone can be a writer, it’s a skill you practice like anything else.
What was an early experience where you learned that words had power?
Oh, I learned this very early on! The first books I devoured were R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps. I’d have trouble sleeping because those books scared me so much and yet I couldn’t get enough of them.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want, write to market so to speak? What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
I try to make it a balance of both and that is what I feel is the hardest thing: giving readers what they want without compromising on my artistic voice. But usually I also want what the readers want, for the characters to be happy and in love after overcoming obstacles. Taking readers along that journey is where it’s fun to get creative!
Tell me about your new release or WIP.
My newest release is Witch’s Betrayal, book 3 of The Unholy Trinity series. I’m super excited for this release because this where the action and intensity really picks up in the series. My main character Deja learns hard lessons about who she can rely on and who wants to stab her in the back.
I recently finished the first draft of book 4, Witch’s Exile, which is now with beta readers. I’m currently writing the 5th and final Unholy Trinity book, Witch’s Rebirth.
What was your hardest scene to write?
The scene at the end of Witch’s Exile. Sorry, not gonna spoil it!
Do your characters talk to you?
Absolutely! They are too stubborn for their own good, sometimes.
Do you plot out your stories or do your character’s voices drive your storyline?
A bit of both. I plot out the general story line and events that I feel need to happen, and my character’s voices fill in the details. Occasionally a character changes the whole plan, but so far that has only improved the story.
What character in your book is least likely to get along with you?
Probably Sal. I generally don’t get along with hotheads or super aggressive, protective people. I would tell him to take a chill pill and he would just get even more angry, haha.
What would the main character in your book have to say about you?
Not very nice things, probably! I’ve put her through some very tough ordeals. But I’ve also given her hot sex scenes and loads of orgasms so she can’t get too mad.
What one thing would you give up if you could become a better writer?
I’m not sure. I think just continuing to write and read makes you a better writer. You don’t need to give up anything, just keep working at it.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It exhausts me but in a good way! It’s like a really satisfying workout. You put the work in even if you might not feel like doing it, and come out feeling totally spent but satisfied that you got it done.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
I do, I have too much morbid curiosity. The good ones make my whole week! The bad ones I don’t take too seriously. Sometimes their feedback can be useful, but most of the time you just have to shrug it off and move on.
What’s the best way to market your books?
Connecting with readers and treating them like people. I try to answer every email or message I get from readers because it means a lot to interact with an author whose books you love. Treat your readers awesomely and you’ll have fans for life.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! I wouldn’t be able to support myself on writing if it wasn’t for them!
Read any good books lately?
Rise of the Iliri by Auryn Hadley is one of my favorite RH series, hands down. I also just started reading the Veil Diaries (I know, late to the party) and love it so far!
Do you ever sleep?
Definitely! I love to sleep. I definitely sleep more than I write, haha.
What is your ideal harem? Slow burn or give it to me now baby?
Medium-ish burn. I love watching the sexual tension build up between the characters. The “give it to me now baby” is so much hotter when they work for it.
Crystal loves all things mysterious and unusual, so naturally she loves paranormal, fantasy and reverse harem romance! You’ll find a mixture of all these elements in her books.
When she is not writing, you can find her mixing various tea and alcohol concoctions (sometimes successfully!), cooing at cute reptiles, or reading one of the thousands of books on her Kindle.
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