Interview with Thriller/Suspense/Christian Author Crystal Mason @crystaldawn79_

Eyes Don't Lie Suspense Novel

Crystal is a working mom who’s pursuing a bachelor’s degree in education. She’s passionate about writing, and her goal is to continue creating stories that are relatable and inspirational. Below, learn more about her suspense novel Eyes Don’t Lie and her writing process.

Do you outline your books or wing it?  Describe your process.

I jot down my ideas on paper such as what roles the characters will play and how they will tie into each other.  I’ve tried winging it before, but it doesn’t work well for me. I need to envision my story first; having an understanding of where I want my story to go helps my writing flow better. I will always brainstorm because it’s a strong foundation for my writing.

 What genre(s) do you write in?  Why?

I’m not exclusive to any particular genre. If I’m inspired to write about something, I’ll write about it. I don’t want to limit myself. For instance, I may write about demons and spiritual warfare for several years, then shift to romance, mysteries, or drama for my future novels. It just depends on what I’m inspired to write about in a particular season of my life.

 What is your favorite part of writing?

Creating the characters and the scenes; writing the dialogue; just “creating” a fictional story that captivates the reader.

What is your least favorite part of writing?

Editing is my least favorite part.

Some writers edit excessively as they write; others wait until a novel is finished to do the bulk of editing.  How about you?

I edit my work after I’m completely done. It would take me too long to write my story if I focused on editing at the same time. Furthermore, I think it takes away from the creative process. Also, I’m a writer; not an editor. I edit my book to the best of my ability, then I have a professional editor go over my work.

What inspired your latest release?

An experience I had as a teen inspired me to come up with the title Eyes Don’t Lie. One of the scenes in the book is representative of my personal encounter. It’s the scene involving McKenzie spending the night over to her friend’s house, and she could discern that her dad was a rapist by looking in to his eyes. But because her spiritual gift was yet to be developed, she didn’t recognize and/or understand what was going on and how God was working through her. At fifteen years old, I was McKenzie.  I had spent the night over to a friend’s house and I discerned the same evil by glancing in to her dad’s eyes. Weeks later, I received confirmation when my friend passed me a note in class telling me  her dad had been molesting her. Therefore, God had shown me what was real, and he confirmed it. It’s an experience I will never forget because I could have been harmed had it not been for God’s protection. Also, I would like to add how important it is to pay attention and work toward developing your gifts because not only are your gifts for your own benefit, but it is for the benefit of others. In this particular case, God used my gift to protect me from an evil spirit. Had I kept going over to her house and ignoring the warning, something bad might have happened. But that wasn’t in the plan because my friend moved soon thereafter. In regard to using my gift to benefit others, I could have warned my peers about going over to her house. I could have reached out to the police. There are steps I could have taken to prevent her dad from harming others. Also, my experience is testimonial, and I know there are others who can relate to it along with the fictitious scenarios and characters I created in Eyes Don’t Lie.

Eyes Don’t Lie is a story that I believe is very much needed today because we live in a society where the majority focuses on the what instead of the why, which often times leads us to be judgmental and unforgiving of others. I thought it would be good to write a story where the reader feels compassion for the character instead of mere hatred, disgust, etc. And it’s not to justify his behavior because what he does is wrong. However, we all have struggles and/or weaknesses that we have yet to overcome.  And we want others to allow grace for us, but we often fall short of allowing grace for the sin and  mistakes of others. And I believe it’s important to take this in to account to keep from being hypocritical and self-righteous.

Can you tell us about your road to publication?

I started off with publishing my books through a publisher. But I realized that wasn’t the road I wanted to take considering the costs associated with a publisher, not having all your rights to your work, etc. There are pros and cons with having a publisher, but I would much prefer having free reign to do what I want with my work, without restrictions. It’s a lot of work to self-publish, but it’s worth it. Thus, I will continue to self-publish my work.

How much time do you spend promoting your books?

I wasn’t able to spend a lot of time on promoting my previous books, but I’ll be putting in a great deal of effort promoting my latest novel. I’ll be promoting as much as I can in between work and school.

What do you read?  Do you read different genres when you’re writing versus not writing?

I really don’t have time to read, which is unfortunate, because I enjoy reading. I fit books in when I can.

For more about Crystal, visit her website and follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

In Eyes Don’t Lie, Keith is a murderer and a rapist, but he has a backstory that explains why he is the way he is. He was abused as a child, and he harbors a lot of resentment inside. He has a negative concept of himself because of the abuse, and he is being oppressed by a demon who constantly reminds him of the past so he’ll remain bitter and unforgiving toward his mom. And it’s the Evil One’s way of manipulating him in to believing his sinful actions are justified. As Keith encounters different women, he stumbles upon McKenzie, who is different from the rest. She’s not his type, but because of her gift and her connection to him, she gets the wheel turning in another direction. Buy it on Amazon.

Check out Crystal’s other books on Amazon.


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