Stephanie: Award-winning author Crystal Marcos has been a storyteller her entire life. Being the oldest of five children, she had a lot of entertaining to do. She is a member of SCBWI. Crystal lives on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington State with her husband and their daughter, Kaylee. Author of BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale and HEADACHE: The Hair-Raising Sequel to BELLYACHE.
Hello Crystal! Congrats on winning the B.R.A.G Medallion. Please tell me about your book, Bellyache.
Crystal: Thank you very much! I am very excited to receive this honor!
BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale Awards & Honors:
~2013 B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree
~2012 USA BEST BOOK AWARDS Award-Winning Finalist in both categories of Children’s Fiction & Children’s Book Series
~2011 READERS FAVORITE Silver Award in its category
~2010 Nominated for the CYBILS Awards
A lip-smacking, mouthwatering, absolutely delectable debut, BELLYACHE: A Delicious Taleby Crystal Marcos is a literary feast for ages seven and up. In the vein of Roald Dahl’s best-loved adventures, Marcos offers a mystical, character driven escapade that intertwines strands of reality with a larger-than-life fantasy world. When Peter Fischer sets out to help his grandfather at Papa’s Sweet Shop, he will quickly learn that sneaking sweets and covering up his sugar-dusted tracks will have major consequences. As Peter is transported to a mysteriously delicious, faraway land, a curious people known as the Candonites, some of whom have no time for a non-Candonite, will teach Peter a lesson on what it means to be different and what it means to forgive.
Look for Marcos’ exciting second book in the children’s series, HEADACHE: The Hair-Raising Sequel to BELLYACHE.
Stephanie: Is there a message you would like your young readers to grasp?
Crystal: Yes, the book contains a message on forgiveness and its importance. It also has other lessons sprinkled throughout the novel that I hope children understand and learn from.
Stephanie: That is a worthy lesson. Is this your first published children’s book?
Crystal: Yes, it is my first published children’s book and the sequel HEADACHE: The Hair-Raising Sequel to BELLYACHE is currently out. I have plans for future children’s books and I am currently working on my first Young Adult novel.
Stephanie: How exciting! Who designed your book cover?
Crystal: I am blessed to have an artist in the family. My sister and I worked together to create the covers of my books. It was a wonderful process and the covers turned out exactly as I pictured them. I had a vision and my sister, Marie Marcos, made it come to life through her art.
Stephanie: How wonderful to be able to work with your sister with your cover. What’s up next for you?
Crystal: As I had mentioned earlier, I am currently working on a Young Adult novel. I have plans for its release early part of next year. It is a post-apocalyptic dystopian book. I am very excited about this project!
Stephanie: I can’t wait to hear more about your young adult book. Will you self-publish again?
Crystal: Yes, definitely. Self-publishing is no longer the wave of the future, it is now! I have no regrets about becoming an Indie author and I love having creative control over my works. I have been blessed to receive recognition in the industry and believe it will continue with my future works.
Stephanie: It is definitely a wonderful industry. What advice would you give to someone who wants to write children books?
Crystal: Stop saying you want to write books and write them! Go for it. There is no better time than right now!
Stephanie: Great advice and I agree! What is the most single challenging thing about writing in this genre?
Crystal: The most challenging thing for me is finding the time to write. I have a little one at home and she comes first. I may not get my work done by when I originally planned but it always gets done. My daughter comes first, I have years to write and plan on doing just that.
Stephanie: I’m finding it hard to find time to write as well. How did you discover indieBRAG?
Crystal: I believe I actually discovered indieBRAG originally through Twitter. I am happy I did so. I enjoy what they are doing and think it is fantastic!
You can visit Crystal at her website: http://crystalmarcos.com/
LINKS to buy her book can be found at http://crystalmarcos.com/locations.php
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Stephanie: Thank you, Crystal! It was a pleasure chatting with you today.
A message from BRAG:
We are delighted that Stephanie has chosen to interview Crystal Marcos, who is the author of, BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale and HEADACHE one of our medallion honorees at www.bragmedallion.com . To be awarded a B.R.A.G. Medallion TM, a book must receive unanimous approval by a group of our readers. It is a daunting hurdle and it serves to reaffirm that a book such as, BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale and HEADACHE merits the investment of a reader’s time and money.