Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Author Interview: Crystal Walton

Crystal Walton
author, Write Me Home

Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?

I’ve been very fortunate to travel to multiple countries and see some pretty amazing places. But honestly, I’d probably ask to go out west, maybe to Lake Tahoe.  I’ve lived up and down the east coast all my life. And while there are lots of lovely places to visit, there’s something about west-coast beauty that captures me and ignites a love for describing settings in my books.

What is your favorite genre to write?

Romance. Hands down. :) Both to read and write. I also really enjoyed writing a New Adult series because I got to relive my college days. There's something special about that season. Sharing an extended sleepover with your best friends, stepping out on your own for the first time, discovering things like who you are and what friendship really looks like. It's when we fell in love like never before, and when we fell apart like never before. And getting to dive into that emotionally rich season makes writing a blast.

Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance?  Do you write steamy romance as well?

Let’s be real. Sex sells. But to me, a book whose sole focus hinges on  graphic sexual tension ends up leaving romance feeling stilted. I prefer portraying romance as the beautiful, hard, sacrificial, painful, messy, redemptive gift that it is.

And yes, that’s going to include physical attraction. But for me, graphic details detract from the story and drive readers to turn the page for sexual stimulation rather than for an emotional connection to the characters. Every author has their own convictions and goals. For me, it’s to write meaningful, moving stories without painting pornographic images in readers’ minds.

What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?

In a word? Passion. As an artist, I leave my heart on the page. Exposed. Vulnerable. Nothing withheld. It’s risky to bear your soul to the world, but that’s the cost of art. There might always be a part of me tempted to guard my heart. But there’s a much more compelling part that’ll never allow me to. Regardless of the outcome, I write what I do because my heart is spoken for. And at the end of the day, there are few things more rewarding than being faithful to the calling on your life.

What are the elements of a great romance for you?

I’m thrilled when I see a story that debunks the ideal of romance being a fairy tale. That probably sounds strange coming from a romance author. And truthfully, if you’ve read any of my books, you know I LOVE the gushy part of romance. But

I also want to be purposeful in not delivering a skewed depiction of love. To me, a great romance shows the brokenness and failures we carry into a relationship, the courage it takes to make sacrifices, and the grace it takes to build a commitment that will last. Through that raw view of love, I hope readers are encouraged in knowing the heartache we face while nurturing a relationship is worth the cost.

Please share about your book 

Here’s the blurb:

He lives by his heart. She lives by her plans. Until they lose control of both.

Returning to his hometown in the Catskills is the last thing firefighter Ethan DeLuca’s ready for. He’d rather leave memories where they belong—buried under ashes. But if he doesn’t step up to take care of Nonna, who will? Working at the camp down the road seems like the perfect solution. Until his feisty redheaded boss ends up being one fire he has no idea how to put out.

Cassidy McAdams is on a mission. Get the camp Grandpa left her ready to sell, turn enough profit to bail Mom’s business out of foreclosure, and hightail it back to her life in New York City. With unexpected complications mounting, she can’t afford any distractions. Especially a ridiculously charming one who’s eager to rescue her at every turn.

It’d be easier on them both to hide behind professional boundaries. But when unexplained attacks on the camp ignite a connection between them they can’t ignore, running away is no longer an option.

If you could sum your main character into five words, what would they be?

Headstrong, raw, passionate, emotional, real

Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?

Even though this is the fourth book I’ve published, self-promoting hasn’t gotten any less awkward. :) Instead, I’ll share why someone else recommends reading the book: "Crystal Walton's WRITE ME HOME is masterfully written. Both tender and gripping, the story pulled me in and wouldn't let go. A romance that will leave you breathless, and characters that come alive, this book is a must read." - NYT's Best Selling Author Victorine E. Lieske

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