I’m delighted to be introducing another new to me author today, Crystal Sellers. Crystal will be telling us about her debut novel Summer Under My Quilt which is available from Amazon US and Amazon UK where it will be free from March 20th -23rd 2016 as Crystal celebrates the publication of her second novel Fire Within Me which was published on 14th March.
About Summer Under My Quilt
Megan Creeway spent the summer at her grandparent’s lake house. Her life had imploded and she didn’t know how to get it back. Her husband was a cheat, her son was outgrowing his mother, and her grandpa was very sick. Seeking refuge from it all, the one thing she did not expect, was to find herself being courted by the very handsome local Pastor.
Reid Stone was finally enjoying his life three years after a divorce. He started over in the quaint town of Lake Charlotte as the pastor of the local church. He quickly made friends yet still led a peaceful quiet life of bachelorhood.
About Fire Within Me
A hundred year old feud arose between blood lines, cursed in anger from the rival Merk family, Elizabeth Strong ran across the country from one nightmare into another to find that sometimes fairy tales and myths are real.
Billy Merk was the sheriff of Blu Harbor, Virginia. He served the town with grace and honor. His personal life, on the other hand, was not so perfect. After a failed marriage, Billy moved home to live with his mother. She was hard to deal with but a cake walk compared to Billy’s brother, Vance. All Billy wanted was a nice, quiet life.
Elizabeth never thought she would love again. Billy was not prepared for the fireworks a beautiful new stranger would bring to his town. Vance would do anything to stop unity between rival families.
An Interview with Crystal Sellers
Hello Crystal. Thank you so much for agreeing to answer some questions on my blog about your writing and Summer Under My Quilt. Firstly, please could you tell readers a little about yourself?
Of course! I am a mother of a teenage boy so I am busy with all of his activities. I have been married for 16 years. I met my husband just after I graduated high school.
My hobbies include watching movies, crafting, crocheting and I love board games.
Summer Under My Quilt is your debut novel. How does it feel to be in print?
It feels awesome! I worked for 5 years crafting my writing skills. I’m so happy it paid off.
When did you first realize you were going to be a writer?
Well I always knew it was in me. I have been writing poetry since the 5th grade. I had some of them published. I am waiting to hear if two of them made into the next Chicken Soup book. That’s exciting. My first few attempts at a novel flopped but I finally found my voice with Summer Under My Quilt. When I was in the 8th grade, my best girlfriends and I all wrote a story together. Maybe that’s when I first knew I could be good at this.
If you hadn’t become an author, what would you have done instead as a creative outlet?
I have a blog about my life as a stay at home mom which readers can find here. So I suppose I would have continued that. As far as creativity, I have lots of creative outlets as I mentioned before, the crafting and such. I also am trying to start a beauty YouTube channel. It’s slow going because writing is my first priority but its super fun!
Which aspects of your writing do you find easiest and most difficult?
Well, I’m a procrastinator. That can be good and bad in itself. There are days the words flow out of me faster than I can type and others where I am way too easily distracted by social media. I’m not so great at grammar but I do have a great editor over at Pecan Summers.
What are your writing routines and where do you do most of your writing?
I tend to write my first draft on my ipad, believe it or not, and mostly at night in bed after my husband and son are asleep. My brain writes well at night. Then I edit on my computer in my office. I love to listen to music when I need a muse.
When you’re not writing, what do you like to read?
I like romance and fantasy novels.
Do you have other interests that give you ideas for writing?
I think not so much. I do have the craziest dreams that I wish I could write but mostly my writing comes from fantasies in my head.
Which of your characters would you most like to be and why?
That’s a hard one. I am a little like Megan from Summer Under My Quilt. And I am also a little like Beth, the main character in my next book, Fire Within Me. It is available on Amazon UK and Amazon US.
Megan is in need of comfort and restoration in Summer Under My Quilt. Did you choose the title to convey the idea of comfort or was it for another reason?
Yes, her quilt is her main form of comfort. She holds tight to it to keep from falling apart.
What made you select a lake house for the setting of Summer Under My Quilt?
When I was in high school we lived at a lake and to me the water has its own healing powers for the soul. So if I were to need a place to go for comfort, I would go back home to the lake house if it were possible.
Family is important in Summer Under My Quilt. Do you have a close family of your own?
I’m close to some of my family. But family is very important to me.
If Summer Under My Quilt became a film, who would you choose to play Megan and why?
Maybe Reese Witherspoon, she’s the right age and looks a bit like what I envision Megan to be.
If you had 15 words to persuade a reader that Summer Under My Quilt should be their next read, what would you say?
It’s an easy read, filled with moments to take your breath away.
Is there anything else you would have liked to be asked?
I think you covered it. Thank you for your interest in me. I appreciate the opportunity to reach out to all the fabulous readers of your site! I love getting a chance to hear from readers!