Crystal and I met in Vegas back in October and it was friends at first sight! When I finished my letter, instructions and questions for this new feature on our blog, I sent it to a few select authors that I trust and love! Crystal was the first one to send it back, so she gets to be test subject, or the first I get to show all my affection to!
Crystal Perkins has always been a big reader, but she never thought she would write her own book, until she did. She lives in Las Vegas, where you can find her running author events and selling books at conventions when she isn’t reading, buying too many Sherlock t-shirts online or finding a place to put all of her Pop! figurines. A mac and cheese connoisseur, she travels the country looking for the perfect version, while attending book conventions and signings as a cover for her research.
Hello Crystal. Welcome to DayReader Reviews. It's a pleasure to have you today. I hope you have had ample Mac & Cheese, are you ready for the hard questions about being an author? You know, we like the hard facts around here. We are serious journalist, after all.
CP: Names are very important to me. I look up unique names and then mix and match the couples long before I even begin their books. I already have the ten couples’ names for my next series picked out. I usually just do Google searches for unique names. I will sometimes change a letter to make a name even more unusual. If I have a complex name, like ‘Ainsley,’ I’ll choose a simpler name, like ‘Zack’ for the other half of the couple. Also, most small characters and people who help out my main characters in the books are named after my friends, and sometimes their kids. Mean people get named after people who have been mean to me as well. There was a character named after you, Renee, but she has your real first name ;)
Don't go telling people my first name Crystal, lol- but now really, what about Renee? Now my new question is about your greatest accomplishment, and it doesn't have to have anything thing to do with the book world-
CP: My biggest accomplishment is raising two daughters who are compassionate, smart, and open-minded. My girls aren’t perfect, but you’ll never hear them intentionally hurt another person with their words or actions.
That is the best accomplishment Crystal, I agree! Let's talk about reviews- I said reviews..... sorry to whisper. I didn't want to say that too loud, and scare you away.
Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?
CP: Yes. I read them all. I’ve even laughed at a few (my 17 year old finds the one on iTunes for Gaming For Love absolutely hilarious). I respond to the good ones sometimes, and have had great conversations with people who are now in my secret “fan” group. I never respond to a bad review. There is really no point. Sometimes I’d like to tell them that I appreciate their honest review, but I’m afraid it will be taken the wrong way. The way I look at it is, I read over 300 books a year and while I’m picky, I still don’t love them all. Why should I expect everyone who reads my books to love them? Sure it stings to see a bad review, and if there were more bad than good, I might curl up in a corner and cry. But then I’ll get a review, message, or email from someone who loved the books. The fact that I made even one person happy because they read something I wrote is enough to outweigh any negative things I see
Wow, that is a great attitude to have, so no stalking bloggers down..... I no longer have to worry about you, that's a relief- one more name I can check off my list.....let's see now that makes two, no just the one.
Favorite place to eat?
CP: Anywhere that has good mac and cheese! I try it everywhere I go when I’m on trips. Some favorites are Homeroom in Oakland, Cheddars (all over), Noodles & Co. (all over), and Lobster Me here in Vegas.
What is your favorite quote?
CP: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”-Martin Luther King, Jr.
I love this quote so much that one of my characters—who is a little obsessed with justice—got a tattoo of it. I plan on getting one, too!
When people look at me, they would never guess that I:
CP: What I get a lot is that people can’t believe I have a 21 year old daughter. I’m going to say that most people would never guess I write steamy romance books. I cuss like a sailor, but I am otherwise pretty modest in real life!
What is your most embarrassing moment?
When my co-workers convinced me to ride the mechanical bull at a convention we were working at. I knew it was a bad idea. There wasn’t a step stool or anything—they told me I’d have to bounce up onto it. Well, since the thing was almost as tall as me, that wasn’t happening. Some old guy nearly died getting me on there. I lasted maybe a second. It’s seriously funny, and I posted it on Facebook. If you can’t laugh at yourself, you have no business laughing at anyone else!
OMG! Shut-up, you are going to make me pee my pants! Where is that picture, hmmmm! Is there a video, you so need to send that so it can be shared, this is important stuff here, like 20/20 crap! We need all the evidence please!
If you were a Star Trek® [or Star Wars® ] character, which one would it be?
CP: Princess Leia, obviously. I’m aging myself by telling you that I saw A New Hope at the movie theater with my babysitter when I was five. I had the Leia shirts growing up, and wanted my own Ewok (I have a stuffed one). I also watched Star Trek growing up, and love the new movies, but I never wanted to be a character from that franchise.
You know, I would have thought you would have said Yoda, being all short and all, just sayin'. I am about an inch taller than you, you and my mom are just about the only people I can say something like that to! You know that you still love me!
What is the wallpaper on your computer?
CP: A Sherlock Holmes quote. “When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”
You know he is my uncle? My maiden name is Holmes. Haven't you ever seen the Southern Belle / Brits combo- yeah that what happen when they came over here...
Crystal, thank you so much for taking the time out to answer all of my questions and letting me have fun while doing it!
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