The Crystal Coast series is about a secret coven of witches living in a small town in Eastern North Carolina. At the heart of the story, there’s Stevie Lewis, who has no knowledge of her magical heritage. She’s a single mother focused on raising Charlie, who has autism. When her son’s life is endangered by a dark witch, the coven’s 300-year-old secret comes to light and we see just how far Stevie will go to protect her child. I’m working on the second book in the series now and it’s shaping up to be darker than the first. The stakes are higher, the villain is more devious, and the danger is even greater.
You are an amazing advocate for the autism community. How did this come about?
My own son has autism. It became clear to me early after his diagnosis that there was a tremendous need for services, support, and awareness. I work with a dedicated group of volunteers to meet those needs on a local level. I’m proud of what we have accomplished to help individuals with autism and their families.
Your book The Coven is an amazing story about witches, magic, and maternal instinct. Where did you glean your inspiration from?
Honestly, I never expected to write a paranormal novel. One day, I found myself wishing that there was a magical cure for autism, so my son’s life could be easier. That started me on an imaginative path full of witches and a special little boy with autism. I get lots of ideas for stories, but this one came to me so clearly, I knew I HAD to write it.
On a minor tangent, you say that you love rock music. What bands are your favourite? Do you listen to music while you write? If so, what do you have on your playlist?
I have lots of favorites! Fleetwood Mac and The Rolling Stones immediately spring to mind, but there are certainly many more. I write faster in silence, but I occasionally listen to music while I work to help set a mood or to drown out even more distracting sounds. My playlist for the next book has songs from Phillip Phillips, Fleetwood Mac, Aerosmith, Fun, and Imagine Dragons.
As a parent myself, I often find it difficult to find the time to devote to my craft. How do you do it?
Each week, I establish a work schedule for myself and I stick to it. This schedule, of course, is organized around my family’s needs, routines, and obligations. Even with a schedule, I don’t have as much time to write as I’d like. So, sometimes I wake up in the wee hours of the morning just to get a couple of hours of work done before the rest of the household comes to life.
Any tips that you would give aspiring writers out there?
I hear from a lot of people who want to write a book. My advice is always the same – Just write it! Stop “aspiring” and start “doing”!
Here's where you should go to find out more about Chrissy and her amazing books ! Links: