About Crystal

I have always loved writing. When I don’t hate it. Maybe I should say I’ve always had to write. That’s more accurate. It calls to me and I’m compelled to answer. Read more »

TETHERED

After a horrific accident at sea, a man finds himself stranded on an island, lucky to be alive, but not quite alone.

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Brene Brown and Monsters: Finding Connection in Horror

Connection Is Why We're Here The best horror, the kind that gets my blood pumping and leaves me on the edge of my seat, holding my breath, anxious to see what happens next, is driven by relationships. Our connection to other humans makes us vulnerable, and...

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Discussing the American Dream

My husband and I just celebrated our 17th anniversary a couple of weeks ago. In our marriage we have what we call "discussions," which is a pleasant way of saying we disagree and need to hash it out. In the past few months our "discussions" have been more frequent and...

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Why Do White People Care

Over the past week and a half we've seen a surge in interest from White people to be part of the narrative on racism. I've watched as Black people exercise restraint in discussions, but occasionally the question on everyone's mind will slip out. "Why now? Why are you...

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The America I see

The 4th of July makes me crazy nostalgic. Colorful explosions are popping and booming across the valley and I find myself genuinely loving my new home. We have plans to go to the local parade where we'll salute our flag and honor the veterans who have served our...

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Interview With Author Erica Millard

One really cool perk about being a writer, is meeting other writers who are working on the books that readers are about to fall in love with. I read an early version of Erica Millard's debut novel, Alizarin Crimson, and I have been waiting for it to make its way out...

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Interview With Jo Cassidy

I recently got all fangirly over the release of Good Girls Stay Quiet by Jo Cassidy. A friend witnessed the display and suggested we read the book for a brand new book club she decided we should put together. So we did! We did book themed snacks and gel pens with...

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Harriet vs Mrs. Piggle Wiggle

In honor of tonight's book signing at Brazos Books, I have to share this funny thing from several months ago. Most of my kids have read my short story in the Road Kill 2 anthology. I love that my kids think what I do is pretty cool. It's about the only thing I do that...

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Announcement!

I've been sitting on some really exciting news all summer, and I feel like I can finally announce it! My short horror story was accepted by Eakin Press to be part of an anthology. That's right, an official publication! The book launch for Road Kill: Texas Horror by...

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Summer of Firsts

Today I’ll visit Wisconsin for the very first time. (Even though my brother lived there ages ago with his family. Like, for years. Best. Sister. Ever.) This trip has had me thinking. It's been a summer of a lot of firsts for me so I made a list: -Ventured to Waco and...

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Oh The Horror

I tried to shut out the giggles and screams from the rest of the volleyball team so I could drift off into the sweet oblivion of sleep. That was it. The only plan I had to escape the horror movie playing out on the large tv screen in front of me. A movie I did NOT...

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