Q: Where do you find your stories?
A: I’ll find a science or technology that tickles my brain, study it, speculate the people who will work with it, how wrong it could go, and that’s what I’ll write. I’m a big Tesla fan, so he always has a story for me. I’ve also taken stories from my dreamland, rich with peril, chaos, and adventure.
Q: How would you describe your voice?
A: Not all that Romance-y, in my opinion. I probably have a cooler, more gritty voice than most Romance writers in my stories.
Q: What is your favorite part of the writing process?
A: The blossoming of the story as I pound it out on my keyboard. I’m not a planner so I’m often very surprised at how things turn out, how elements mentioned early in the story play out through the plot. I love the surprise.
Q: How did you choose the name Crystal Drake as a pseudonym?
A: Crystal Drake was the name of the first heroine I’d written, so she’d kicked off my writing career. I owed her a voice. Her story came from a dream.
Q: As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: I wanted to be what every little girl wants to be, a ballerina. I still have a tutu fetish. Then I wanted to be an astronaut. That’s a big swing. So I decided to be a ballerina astronaut. NASA has not yet called for that specialty, but I’m holding out. It’s only a matter of time. I’d never expected to write. Life is filled with surprises. When NASA calls for ballastronauts, I’m outta here. Swan Lake on the Sea of Tranquility.
Q: What do you like to do when you're not writing?
A: There’s something to do other than writing? I must look into this concept.
Q: What does it take to get published?
A: Blood, sweat, tears, unwavering dedication, a locked door, a telephone off the hook, and a broken inbox.
Q: What authors influenced you the most?
A: Stephen King! Who doesn’t love him? He is a master. F. Paul Wilson is another great one who inspired me. Piers Anthony’s and Roger Zelazny’s works challenged me to write my first fantasy series, and then I was off to the races. In old-school Romance, it’s Virginia Hensley, Cheryl Anne Porter, and Diana Gibaldon.
Q: What do you wish readers to know about Sci-Fi Romance?
A: How fun it is! Adventure in the stars, love under multiple moons, technological miracles at work, worlds at risk. It’s all there. The stakes couldn’t be bigger. Come see how exciting the future can be.
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