What am I working on?
I have many irons in the fire; currently, I am in the midst of editing my third book, "Conspiracy of Ravens" and finishing up the sequel to my first book "Sideshow" (the sequel is called "Straw Houses). I am also writing a romance novel, a children's chapter book, another horror novel, and a few other things. There is really never a time when I'm not writing something!
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I always bring my own voice to my work, but in particular, my book "Dead in the Water" strays a bit from conventional YA fiction, in my opinion. I feel as though my romantic content is a little closer to the truth of how teens feel about that particular subject. My problem with YA books of today is that the teens in the books are either prudes or promiscuous. I feel like my book has a happy medium (pardon the pun, and if you read it you'll understand!) on that score. Most YA books today seem to have a wishy-washy approach to violence among teens. Bullying is a huge problem in today's society, yet many YA books use dystopian landscapes and fictional creatures to distract from the real evil: that which their peers are capable of. True, my protagonist has a paranormal ability but you'll see how the main threat isn't the things that go bump in the night.
Why do I write what I do?
I love reading horror novels, always have. And recently I've started reading some YA fiction, and found that I loved that too. For "Dead in the Water" I decided to try and combine the two genres and apply some of what I know about teenagers, to try and deliver a message. In fact, the whole concept and completion of "Dead in the Water" was for my students; my first book is a very adult horror novel and they were dismayed to learn they could not have a copy in the school library. I wrote "Dead in the Water" specifically for them. Other books I write for different reasons; most of the time, it's just for me, because I have to.
How does my writing process work?
Once I get an idea for a book, it sets up an echo in my head and I can't stop thinking about it. I begin researching the topic exhaustively until I know as much as I think is necessary to write about the topic with some authority but not too much to distract from the fictional element. For instance, the inspiration for my first book, "Sideshow" came when I was driving one hot August afternoon. I was stopped at a traffic light, bored, hot. The little girl in the dirty pickup behind my car looked completely miserable and it struck me that we should run away to the circus together, and imagined some of what could be making her look so unhappy. It set up that echo in my head and before I knew it, I was obsessed with writing the story. The same thing has happened with everything I've written. It just comes to me.
Three things you should know about me.
I will read anything. Absolutely anything.
I always wanted to be a writer, since I was little, and I've won awards as a child but gave up writing to have a family.
I love my family more than anything, even though I'm always killing them off in my books.
Readers can visit me at www.facebook.com/chrystalwrites or stop by my blog at www.chrystalvaughan.blogspot.com. I'm also on Twitter (TheChrystalShip) and Instagram (ChrystalVaughan). What else....oh yeah! My books are available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and I'm also on Goodreads. Finally, I encourage readers to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Olivia Gracey...Mother, Fiction Romance Writer, Realtor, Singer/Songwriter for Just Gracey, Photographer, Consider myself very blessed. I love a good workout and I love to dance in my socks!
"For just a mere time I felt safe, unbroken and loved. Just a mere moment in time I felt loved once again; Loved by the man who broke me."