Hello. Thank you for visiting my blog today. I’m Rebecca Scarberry, @Scarberryfields on Twitter, self-published author of Messages from Henry (novella), and Rag Doll (short story). I have interviewed Krystal McLaughlin, @witcheslottery on Twitter. She’s a multi-published author. I’ve enjoyed learning more about her and certain you will also.
Scarberryfields: Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Krystal: Sure... My name is Krystal George but I have also written under the name Krystal McLaughlin. I’m the author of 3 YA books with another one due out in the near future. The Witches Lottery and A Dragon Forsaken are about witches and magic. They are the first two books in the Enchanted Island Series which will have four books total. The Willows is the first book in a two part series about vampires. My newest book, Guardian of the Realm: A Faerie Tale is about the dark side of faeries and magic and should be released sometime in the next few months.
Scarberryfields: When you finish writing a story, do you miss the characters?
Krystal: I do! That's part of the reason I like to do series work. When I’m writing a book, it's easy to fall in love with the world and characters that you create. Leaving them behind is almost unbearable, but when you write as a series, you know that there will always be more in the future. I feel the same way about reading and tend to lean toward series when I’m choosing a new book :)
Scarberryfields: While writing, if you need help with punctuation, grammar, etcetera, where do you turn?
Krystal: It sounds funny, but I turn to Google a lot! I also ask those who are more grammatically correct than I am, and finally, I always try to find someone else to edit my books for me!
Scarberryfields: With the number of hours spent writing, do family members support you or complain about the time spent away from them?
Krystal: I am lucky that my family supports me 100%. My kids get a little anxious and impatient, but my husband is amazing and not only supports me fully, he takes a lot of the pressure off by keeping our kiddo's entertained!
Scarberryfields: Do you travel to places you mention in your stories for research sake?
Krystal: If I had the time, I would probably travel a lot more just for this reason. Since I don't, I tend to write about places that I am already familiar with. A lot of my books are based in Colorado because I live there. However, the Enchanted Island is located off of the coast of Connecticut which is somewhere I have also visited before.
Scarberryfields: When you’re writing, do you shut-off all social networks?
Krystal: I try to. I typically put in my ear buds, crank up my "writing" play list and drown out the rest of the world for a while. I have to confess that Facebook and Twitter sneak up on me every once in a while, though!
Scarberryfields: Did you use any family members as Beta readers for your stories?
Krystal: I use friends more than family. Mostly because there are not a lot of readers in my family, but my friends get just as obsessed as I do!
Scarberryfields: Do you feel social networking as a marketing tool, is beneficial?
Krystal: I absolutely do. Especially if you are self-published like I am and need to do all of your own marketing. Social networking is an excellent way to meet other authors, book bloggers, and many other interesting people. I feel very lucky to have found the cover artist for The Willows just because she "friended" me on Facebook.
Scarberryfields: What is the last book called that you completed and published?
Krystal: My most recent book is entitled The Willows
Scarberryfields: Where can readers go to find your books?
Scarberryfields: Thank you, Krystal for answering my questions. I love your book covers and I wish you the best.