I had the great fortune to meet Crystal last October at the Surrey International Writers Conference. While I normally talk about romance, Crystal is the author of a fantasy novel that I am getting into so I invited her over and asked her some questions to expand my horizons.
1. For Valentine’s Day – chocolates, flowers, both or something else?
The path to my heart can be found through my stomach, so I would have to say that a box of chocolates would be a gift that just keeps on giving. My favourite thing to do on Valentine’s Day though is to either cook a fancy dinner at home, or try out a new restaurant with my husband.
2. Which character introduced himself/herself to you first when you started your story?
My protagonist, Jordan introduced herself very early on in the process of writing Eve’s Return. She is incredibly stubborn and doesn’t forgive easily, yet she’s also intensely loyal and will go to the ends of the Earth to help her friends.
I had several drafts of the novel: one told in first person, another with two additional main characters who just didn’t make the final cut. In either of these versions, Jordan remained the one constant character who I just had to keep writing about.
3. Did you have a playlist for this story? If so, what was on it?
I’m very particular about what I listen to when working. I can’t listen to music while I edit at all. When I’m writing, I can’t work with music that has lyrics, otherwise I’ll start singing along and nothing ever gets finished! For Eve’s Return, I found an album by Two Steps from Hell called, Archangel. While some of the songs have choral parts, most are instrumental, with intense percussion, and dramatic strings. I call their style, ‘Epic Music’ because when I listen to the album I feel like I’m in a movie, where the impossible becomes possible.
If you want to check them out I suggest you start with my favourites: A Strength of a Thousand Men, or Titan Dune.
[Epic music? This sounds like something I have to check out. Thanks for the tip!]
4. What is your favourite quote/exchange from your story?
My favourite exchange in Eve’s Return is the chapter called, River Six, where Jordan and Levi share an intimate moment on the dance floor at a club. Just before Levi disappears into the crowd, Jordan realizes why he seems so familiar.
I loved writing the entire chapter, but what I really enjoyed the most was creating the dialogue between these two characters. Jordan is feeling jealous and uncomfortable, and Levi is cryptic and seductive. It’s also the perfect lead in for what happens next!
5. What is the last book you read?
The last book I read was Witch Song (Witch Song #1), by Amber Argyle. Here’s the book description:
The Witch Hunters have come for Brusenna, for she is the last. All the others have been captured by the Dark Witch. And without their magical songs to control nature, the world is dying.
Though young and untrained, Brusenna must succeed where every other Witch has failed. Find the Dark Witch. Fight her. Defeat her. If Brusenna fails, there will be nothing left to save–for the Witches, for mankind, or for the young Guardian who has committed his life to protecting hers.
I plan on doing a podcast on this book, but what I especially liked was that Brusenna’s power came from her song. The stronger the witch’s voice, the more powerful she is. As a musician myself, I tend to enjoy books that contain a musical element.
[A podcast you say?]
Thanks for coming to visit Crystal. It was great chatting with you again.
After having her heart broken, Jordan Andrews drops out of university to travel the world and ‘find herself’. Without a penny to her name, she returns home, only to discover a terrible tragedy has occurred in her absence.
Determined to find her elusive twin brother, she does her best to ignore the terrifying hallucinations that begin to plague her.
It quickly becomes clear that Jordan’s hallucinations are very real. She is attacked by a hoard of demonic creatures, but is rescued by a woman who claims to be a warrior angel. Through her, Jordan discovers that she has a power that is too strange to believe, and a seductive past that proves to be too irresistible to ignore.
Now, Jordan must not only find her brother, but also obtain an ancient artifact. It is her only clue in discovering more about who she is, and the role she is destined to play.
Crystal Bourque is an up and coming, new adult, urban fantasy author. She is obsessed with all things fantastical, so much so that she has a recurring dream about being a princess with a sword. When she’s not busy writing, she loves trying new recipes, plotting her next travel destination, and singing loudly. Follow Crystal on her website, Everything’s Temporary, Twitter, or Facebook.