Author Interview - Crystal King
Author I draw inspiration from: There are a number of authors that inspire me, but lately, I have been feeling very inspired by Italian author Italo Calvino. His books are filled with beautiful description and imagery, and his writing touches a part of my soul.
Favorite place to read a book: I tend to read mostly by Kindle at night before I go to sleep, but I also have a super comfy big oversized leather chair in my office that is perfect for book reading.
Book character I’d like to be stuck in an elevator with: Probably Hermione because she would know the precise spell to use to get the elevator unstuck.
The moment I knew I wanted to become an author: I don't really remember the exact moment, because I was quite young, but I remember going to a Young Authors conference of some sort when I was about ten and I met Madeleine L'Engle. I loved her books so much as a child and to meet the person who created them was hugely inspiring to me.
Hardback, paperback, ebook or audiobook: ebook. I read so much and so fast (800-1K words a min) that an e-reader makes that much more manageable for me.
The last book I read: an advanced copy of The Parting Glass by Gina Marie Guadagnino, which I devoured.
Pen & paper or computer: I use both. Primarily I write on the computer, but sometimes I'll go sit at a restaurant or bar and have a glass of wine and spit out a scene free-hand. I find that when I move those scenes to the computer screen that they are richer and more interesting.
Book character I think I’d be best friends with: Trillian from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. She's smart, fun, funny, and nothing holds her back.
If I wasn’t an author, I’d be a: a social media professor. Oh wait, that's my day job! But it's one that I love and if I can't be an author full-time, for me, it's a great next-best substitute.
Favorite decade in fashion history: The 80s. Maybe because that's when I grew up, but also because that's when fashion hit it's wildest, both in form and color.
Place I’d most like to travel: Always to Rome, where my heart is. But if I had to branch beyond il bel paese, I'd say the UK. I've always wanted to see Ireland, Scotland and England, and have never been to any of them.
My signature drink: I have a cocktail named after me by Boston bartender Todd Maul, called The Crystal. Its primary ingredients are gin, elderflower liqueur, cognac and grapefruit. It's bright and delicious. I'm also a fan of green chartreuse, preferably V.E.P. and neat.
Favorite artist: My husband. He's a contemporary sculptor and painter. I also love Warhol and Bernini!
Number one on my bucket list: Pay off my student loans (right now the schedule has me paying them off six months after I turn 65).
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