About Crystal Connor
I grew up telling spooky little campfire style stories at slumber parties. We’d make a tent in the bedroom, and the only source of light would be from a flashlight that was about to die. I’d tell my tale of doom and then while everyone was jumping at the tree branch scraping against the window and I’d be sound asleep!
I served my country in the United States Navy working as a boiler technician on board the USS McKee AS-41 assigned to the 7th fleet.
While deployed at various ports-of-call throughout Africa, Asia and the Middle East I began to learn about other cultures’ monsters and nightmares and I use my world travels and experiences take you to some of the exotic places that I’ve been but have altered and embellished with my twisted view of how a story should end…while at the same time taking you on a journey you might not otherwise be able to afford or brave enough to undertake.
The Darkness, is my first full-length novel, is published by Bennett and Hastings. My current projects, “…And They All Lived Happily Ever After” and “Artificial Light,” the sequel to The Darkness will be released in 2011. My short story “The Ruins” was the runner-up selection of Crypticon Seattle’s 2010 writing contest, and accepted for publication for The Static Movement Anthology “Sowing the Seeds of Horror.” My short story “The Monster” will be featured in the anthology “Strange Tales of Horror” published by NorGus Press.
What is your favorite quality about yourself?
I love to see how happy, surprised or grateful my family, friends and sometimes strangers are when I do something for them or give them a really cool or needed gift. It makes me feel good when I can help someone out.
What is your least favorite quality about yourself?
Well, I don’t have a problem with this but I know it bothers my some of my family and friends but I enjoy long period’s solitude. I can go days without hanging out with friends, talking on the phone, checking email/text or posting to Facebook.
What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?
It changes every time I read or hear a new one but the quote I am in love with at the moment is: “I used to be an atheist until I realized I was God” by Deepak Chopra. When I 1st read it I nearly fell outta my chair. I think the reason I think it rocks is because its such an over the top statement of self adoration and it speaks to my moments of unabashed vanity.
What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life?
Making my mother proud and having the opportunity to serve my country which allowed me to travel aboard and experience other cultures 1st hand
How has your upbringing influenced your writing?
Yes. I’m a kid of a single parent and my stories have strong, smart, resourceful, women leads/
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I honesty don’t. I’ve been making up little creepy stories for as log as I can remember.
When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing them down in jr. high and I think the very 1st story was actually a homework assignment.
When did you first know you could be a writer?
I didn’t grow up wanting to be an author, I was just writing because it was a fun and easy way to entertain my family and friends. I didn’t consider writing professionally until I met a man named Mike Jones who took one look at my writing and told me that I needed to take it seriously because it was much more than just a hobby.
What inspires you to write and why?
I’m inspired by everything. It could be a part of an overheard conversation, the incredible things that little kids say or the unthinkable things that we as adults do to each other.
What genre are you most comfortable writing?
The base of my stories are either horror or science fiction but as the story grows it drifts into other genres as well.
What made you want to be a writer?
It just sorta happened. Like I said I wasn’t really taking my writing seriously and it took someone outside of circle of comfort to point that out.
What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general?
Well for me there comes a point when the only thing I am thinking about is the story. I can be in a room full of people and a million miles away at the same time because I am so distracted by what’s going on in the imaginary world I’ve created. So I guess the hardest thing is letting go of the story when I am not actually writing it.
Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it?
I think the biggest thing I learned was that writing a book and selling a book are two very different beasts. I think its actually harder to market a book than it is to write one but blog tours like this one really helps a lot.
Do you intend to make writing a career?
Yes, I am having so much fun and I hope people reading my work are having as much fun reading my books as I did writing them.
Have you developed a specific writing style?
I’ve read a lot reviews where critics and reviewers are commenting on my writing style but I didn’t do it on purpose. I just write how it feels comfortable, but what I know for sure from what I’ve read is that my style is unique and that when readers love it they really love it and when they don’t they usually slam me in their reviews.
What is your greatest strength as a writer?
I think my greatest strength as a writer is understanding and accepting that not everyone is going to like my work especially since the stories I write are not considered mainstream in any sense of the word.
If you enjoy my work I appreciate the support and if you don’t that’s ok too.
About The Darkness
The Darkness has been selected as a two time Award-Winning Finalist in the 2011 International Book Awards in the fiction categories of Cross Genre Fiction and Multicultural Fiction!
Artemisia, a scientist who also practices alchemy, is wealthy beyond imagination. She is one of the founding members of the Skyward Group, a privately funded, secret, research facility conducting experiments that erase what tradition has established as the boundaries separating the realm of man from the realm of God. Artemisia has everything she wants – money, fame, knowledge and power – except for a child. Inanna is a powerful and dangerous witch, also wealthy beyond imagination. Her powers are greater and more deadly than any in the long tradition before her. Inanna has everything she wants – money, knowledge and God-like power – except for a child. The Child has nothing. At three months of age, he knows only what he has experienced through the bars of his locked cage. He has nothing. He doesn’t have a mommy. He doesn’t have a daddy. He doesn’t have a name. The scientists who created him do not handle him, because they know The Child is dangerous.
In The Darkness, Two women clash in a vicious battle that has been fought since the days of King Solomon – the fight over a child. One woman unleashes the nightmarish arsenal of modern science while the other dispatches the weaponries of witchcraft. And as The Child grows up, his love for one and resentment for the other will change the fate of both these women, forever.