Kristal Gayle House is an extraordinary talent who has begun to impact the literary world in a magnificent manner. Kristal uses her purposeful gift of transforming pages with words as a way to not only captivate each reader, but to also redirect the lives of anyone she encounters. The Dallas, Texas native is no stranger to perseverance, as she has built her life and career on pushing through any type of pain. A tragic death, loneliness, and plenty of doubt, only enabled her to find her true path. Now readers and fans are strengthened by her innate passions Kristal House attended the University of Texas at Arlington. Mrs. House is also a proud member of The National Society of Leadership and Success. Learn more about Kristal and the Roses & Dames series below.
Fancy: How would you describe your swagher? What makes Kristal, Kristal?
Kristal: I like to describe myself as an introvert with an extroverted spirit. I’m laid-back with a kind, sweet demeanor. However, I have a sassy side that hides in the background and shows up at least twice a day.
Fancy: How long have you been writing?
Kristal: I’ve been writing my own chapter books since I was a teen. I would recreate The Baby-Sitters Club series with my own characters, rewriting the plot the way I wanted it to play out. I would use notebook paper that was bound together with staples, and I’d create my own version of a chapter book.
Fancy: Who are some of your favorite authors?
Kristal: I read so many different authors, but some of my favorites are Toni Morrison, Carl Weber, Victoria Christopher Murray, and Lalita Tademy. Any novel they’ve published, I have it.
Fancy: Tell us a little about the first part of Roses & Dames.
Kristal: The first novel is about the journey of a divorcee named Destiny Reynolds, who goes through this whirlwind of emotions after her husband leaves her. She goes searching for a way to supplement the income she loses after the divorce, and that’s when trouble shows up by way of her new company, Roses & Dames. The company is a “dating” service that leads her into a crime life she knows nothing about.
Fancy: You are known for developing characters who are broken by circumstances in your books. How do you create these characters and circumstances without going over the top?
Kristal: I try to keep my characters as true to life as possible, so they can possess traits that are relatable to the reader. I think about all the emotions we experience daily, and I make sure my characters have those same authentic emotions as well.
Fancy: Do you identify any with your main character Destiny Reynolds?
Kristal: Yes, I can identify with Destiny because she is grieving a loss while going forward with her life, and in the meantime, she has no clue of who to trust to truly help her through it. I was a widow at the age of 22, and I can relate to not having a sense of self during that time. Though, her lost is divorce and mine was death, Destiny’s grief resonates with me.
Fancy: What can readers expect in its sequel, Roses & Dames II: When It All Falls Down?
Kristal: The sequel is going to take the reader much deeper into the characters’ personal lives. It’s written in the first-person voices of Destiny, Camille, and Whitney. All three ladies are intertwined in Destiny’s world, and once again, trouble ensues. Readers can expect a wittier, more complex plot, with much more drama.
Fancy: You graduated magna cum laude with a BA in English, and an emphasis in creative writing, so I know you have some great writing tips for the procrastinators out there. Please share a few.
Kristal: Absolutely! I would say, always keep a journal with you to jot down new ideas. Fictional writing is all about extracting a big idea from the simplest action or reaction. You may be in the grocery store, mall, or at the gym and your next plot could come to mind. Always stay ready, creativity flows at the oddest times. Secondly, even if you don’t have a full story mapped out, sit down at your computer and “freewrite”. Start with a topic that you’re passionate about. Let your imagination run wild and you’ll be surprised where it’ll take you.
Fancy: If you didn’t write adult fiction novels, what else would you write?
Kristal: I would write historical fiction. I’m always researching and reading about other time periods, so creating characters from another century would be an entertaining project for me.
Fancy: Where are your books found?
Kristal: My book is available on my website www.kristalgayle.com . Roses & Dames II will be launched on the site on September 9, 2017. Readers can also find the Kindle versions on Amazon.
Do you have any other upcoming projects or events you care to share?
Kristal: I have the Roses & Dames II: When It All Falls Down Book Launch Experience happening on September 9th at The Black Academy of Arts and Letters. Also, I’ll be at the Fort Worth BookFest October 14th as an exhibitor. Both novels will be available as well as other materials pertaining to my work.
Fancy: What are two of your favorite quotes?
Kristal: My favorite quotes:
“All I have seen teaches me to trust the creator for all I have not seen.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Love is or it ain’t. Thin love ain’t love at all.” Toni Morrison
“Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.” Karen Kaiser Clark
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