Welcome back for another small press author interview...get those comments in for your chance to win free books at this end of this month! A now, a big welcome to Crymsyn Hart (is that a great pen name, or what?) ~ best-selling author of erotic romance...
Happy Sunday, Crymsyn! Can you tell blog readers a little about your background?
I grew up in Massachusetts, moved around a lot in the state, and ended up attending Emerson College in Boston where I got a degree in Creative Writing. My very first job out of high school was working for one of the nation’s oldest psychic salons. I learned how to read tea leaves, tarot, runes, palms, etc. Working there influenced me a lot in what I write. I moved south in my early 20’s and have lived in Charlotte, NC ever since. I met my husband, who is also from Mass, in Charlotte. Everyone thought it was hilarious that I had to move a thousand miles away to meet someone from up North. It is kind of the running joke. But he’s a good guy.
A psychic salon...sounds cool! Now tell us, what do you find most difficult about writing? What do you find most exciting or rewarding?
Lately the most difficult thing about writing is trying to find the time. I don’t mean just to write I mean just to work on one specific thing. I have five different books going at the moment and all of the characters are demanding my attention. It gets kinda scary in my head when there are people shouting at me. It gets really funny when different characters end up arguing with one another when they are from different books and completely different books.
The most rewarding thing about writing is being able to watch a story develop. I love having the characters go through twists and turns until they reach the end of the book. Granted they normally want a second appearance so I write a sequel, but that’s okay. I normally plot out books, but the characters take me above and beyond what I have for a plot and normally twist it up in knots until I have to write them out of a corner. But overall, writing is great for my imagination.
How do you balance writing with the rest of your life?
I find it hard to balance writing with the rest of my life. I work a full time job, have 2 dogs that demand a lot of attention, and make time for my husband. In between that I try to do all the writing I can. My normal routine is I write for a couple of hours after eating dinner and stay up a little after my husband goes to bed. On the weekends I stay up until the wee hours of the morning and write. It’s hard, but I have to get it in anyway I can.
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
When I’m not writing, I love to spend time with my friends and family. I love watching horror movies. I love the thrill of being scared. I talk walks with the dogs, read, listen to music. Try not to think about writing or my characters, but that never happens. They are always whispering something into my ear. But I love to hang out at coffee shops and eat cheesecake with my friends. Sometimes I take long walks in cemeteries to quiet my mind.
When you write, do you use the computer or compose by hand, oral dictation, or some other method?
When I write I am mostly on the computer. However if I’m in the car or on a plane I always carry a notebook with me. Then I write by hand. It also depends if we are baseball games which my husband is a huge fan of. I bring my notebook with me and write there while we watch the game. I think I wrote two books last summer sitting in the stands. I also have a specific places where I keep certain works. I have most on the computer, but I do keep books I’m writing only in notebooks so it helps to differentiate between what I am working on.
What is your favorite movie? Did it inspire your writing in any way?
My favorite movie of all time is Poltergeist. That movie didn’t inspire me to write, but other movies do. I watch horror movies in general as well as vampire movies to give me inspiration. I’ve gotten some great ideas from watching movies and reading books.
Thanks for being here today! Anything else you'd like to mention?
I can be found on the web at www.ravynhart.com.
My blog is www.crymsynhart.blogspot.com
My Myspace is www.myspace.com/ravynhart
My facebook is www.facebook.com/crymsynhart