Monday, September 23, 2013

Follow Fest! With Cheese

It's been a while since I participated in any kind of blog hop. How about you? The magnanimous Melissa Maygrove has put together this wonderful little hop--to get to know new people AND win prizes! (Yay! We likes prizes!) It's not too late to sign up and play along. Check it out HERE

And now, on to the fest... 

Blog button designed by Carrie Butler


Name: Crystal Collier *waves a wedge of cheese* 

Fiction or nonfiction? FICTION

What genres do you write? Young Adult in sub genres of anything fantasy (historical, paranormal, speculative, urban, epic, romance, & horror), and light sci-fi. I periodically dabble in Middle Grade, and Adult.  

Are you published? Check out the sidebar, baby. Yah! (The countdown is on.)

Do you do anything in addition to writing? I'm an orchestral/vocal composer and performer. In a past life I worked for a video/audio production studio and now freelance--when I feel like it. On an unrelated note, I'm also an educator. (Home school all the way!)

Where can people connect with you?

Blog: You're lookin' at it! I post Mondays with uplifting/motivational thoughts, Writerly Wednesdays (check out the tab above) with the Truth or Lie game and BOOK GIVEAWAYS, and Funny Fridays.  

Sign up for my NEWSLETTER at the bottom of this post and receive freebies! 


Author pages:
Barnes & Noble: Coming Soon

Is there anything else you’d like us to know?
Cheese makes the world go round, and here's a wedge for you. ; )

104 comments:

  1. LOL, you and your cheese! :P

    I participate in blog hops sometimes, but often feel intimidated by them, heh. Thanks to this post, I'm now following you on Twitter and Tumblr! :) (My username is "edgyauthor" on Twitter and "ewingfan" on Tumblr, in case you're wondering who your crazy new followers are...)

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    1. Me and my cheese. ;)

      Yay--and thanks for the follows.

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  2. Yay! You're almost published. Love that your favorite genre to write in is fantasy like me.

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    1. I know--and I've got the head buzz to go with it. Fantasy rocks, eh?

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  3. Can you believe I've never been part of a blog hop? Crazy I know. Maybe I'll finally participate in one of these someday :)

    Happy Monday Crystal!

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    1. What? Never? That's insane. Jump on the train, eh? ;)

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  4. Crystal,

    Good to meet you. Your page never finished loading so it wouldn't connect me to some of your links (twitter, FB). But I've got you on G+.

    M.L. Swift, Writer

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    1. Ug. Computers aren't agreeing with me today. Great to meet you! Give me half a day and I'll be following back. ;)

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  5. YA writer/ composer/ cheese lover? Wow. This post is very insightful. Love it.

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    1. If I was feeling particularly witty I'd whip out a joke about what cheese and music notes have to do with one another. Instead, I'll let you imagine one yourself. =D

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  6. Your experience in music is so interesting. I just put Moonless on my Goodreads TBR list!

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    1. Aw, thanks Catherine. Actually, music is the other side of the coin--the back end of the stories I write, if you will. They fuel the emotion.

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  7. Orchestral/vocal composer? Too cool...
    Oh, and I love the giant piece of cheese.

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  8. Hi Crystal! Good to get to know more about you. See you around the blogospere and CONGRATS on Moonless!!!!

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    1. Thanks Natasha! And same to you, as of June.

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  9. I'm so glad you joined the fest!
    Stalking you now... :P

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  10. YaY Crystal! *toot* *toot* So great to know more about your cheesemeister self! YaY for home school shout out! *toot* *toot* :-) Hey need a blog to add to a blog tour? I'm all yours if ya do. CONGRADS PAL!

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    1. Yay! Thanks, Robyn. It's a crazy journey for sure and I'll take all the help I can get.

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  11. I'm getting the distinct feeling that you like cheese. :)
    I'm envious of all of your creative endeavors and so happy you'll be published in just 51 days. That's fast!

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  12. As long as it's not a cheese wedgie.

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    1. *palm to forehead* Only you, Andrew. Only you. ;)

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    2. Yeah, I know... I'm kind of terrible that way.

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  13. You've got a new follower here - for the cheese if nothing else. Congrats on your up-coming release! May there be many more :)

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    1. Thankee kindly. See, I lure people in with the cheese, then lock them into my human guinea pig cage so the scientists trapped in my basement can work uninhibited. ;P

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  14. Hey Crystal! Nice to met you! Good luck to you and your upcoming release. Excited for you! Now off to get myself a slice of cheese...

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    1. Have a second slice for me too, eh? Or better yet, I'll go get me a slice. Mmm...

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  15. I've been seeing this fest around--looks like fun! Happy to know I've already "met" you a bit here at least!

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  16. Now I KNOW I haven't met you before - I'd remember the cheese! I love cheese, too. Really, food in general, but cheese is way up on that list. Congrats on the book!!!

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    1. Thanks, Liz. Way up on the list means the best food on the planet, right? ;)

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  17. This looks like a fun blog hop. May have to join in!!! Love your answers. :)

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  18. Cheese! Grats on the book. Looking forward to seeing you online!

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  19. Such a great blogfest idea! I had no idea you were a vocal composer. How cool!

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  20. How did I miss out on this great blogfest??? I had no idea it was on.

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  21. Another blogfest that I missed. (I should stop writing my blog posts ahead. Or pay more attention to upcoming blogfests.)

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    1. LOL. I miss out on most of them too, Liz.

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  22. I'll make sure I am following you everywhere...

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  23. Thanks, Crystal, for sharing. I'm staring at the calendar, hoping I can jump in!

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  24. Audio/video production studio? Sounds like you're tailor made to produce book trailers. Have you done one for your book yet?

    Nice to meet you.

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    1. Working on it now, and yes, it definitely has helped in some regards.

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  25. Speculative fiction? That's the stuff (though I might be a wee bit biased). Following you on Twitter, FB, and "liked" your Amazon page.

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    1. LOL. Aren't we all a little biased? Thanks for the follows, Milo!

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  26. Congratulations on your upcoming book! Awesome. And how do you know I LOVE cheese? Nice to meet you, Crystal. Thanks for stopping by at my blog.

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    1. I'm telepathic. (Shoot! Did I just type that out loud?)

      Great to meet you!

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  27. I don't know if I'll ever favor chocolate over cheese, though the "chocolate = salad" thing from your last entry cracked me up. ^_^

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  28. What a cheesy introduction...

    Kidding, kidding. I love it! :D

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  29. congrats on your upcoming release, It's really nice to meet you :)

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  30. I think it's great that you're a musician. You mentioned that you were involved with audio production. Did you ever do recordings? That's something I'd love to do! I'll go check out all your links!

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    1. Yes, I have done several recordings, both with voice overs and as a soprano/alto. We've also recorded some of my choir arrangements and live duets/solos. I'm pretty shy about sharing my vocals though. They're floating the interwebs somewhere.

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  31. What's a Pirates favourite cheese? Chedd-AAAAAARGH

    What's a lions favourite cheese? Roarrr-quefort

    Everyone should eat more cheese. :D

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    1. LOL! And everyone should enjoy more cheese jokes. Awesome!

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  32. I saw the cheese wedge and worried you were a Packer fan.

    And what a coincidence about cheese! My friends and I had a nerd night playing Settlers of Catan, and my boyfriend and I brought fancy cheese to snack on. LOVE IT!

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    1. When my hubby and I were poor and in college, we used to splurge by buying a bunch of new types of cheese and having a fest. Cheese makes for the best evenings.

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  33. Cheeese cheeese cheeeeeese! Glad I brought some wine and crackers with me today ;)

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    1. You must have listening to the cosmic news waves. ;)

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  34. 50 days! Not too much longer to wait ( : Congratulations on your upcoming book release. Looking forward to following and especially your motivational posts. Cheese=Happiness, totally agree. Time to crack open my box of Cheez-Its.

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    1. Mmm. Cheez-Its... It must be dinner time or something.

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  35. I don't usually participate in blog hops. They more often than not confuse me.

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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    1. LOL. They can end up leaving your head spinning, but usually in a good way.

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  36. Hey, Crystal,
    Nice to meet you in the Follow Fest. People who make music are awesome in my book!

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  37. Looks like I'm following you everywhere now. Yay! :)

    50 days will go by like nothing. So exciting!

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    1. I know, and that's what scares me. SLOW DOWN, TIME!

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  38. Glad you are making some new friends, Crystal.

    Have you ever had Wesleydale Cheese???

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  39. all the very best for ur book Moonless Crystal !
    loved knowing more abt u
    my best wishes

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  40. Can't wait for Moonless to come out. ^_^

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  41. Nice to meet you! I'm excited for your book! And man, I couldn't agree more with you about cheese.

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  42. Such a diverse writer you are!Glad we could connect through this blog hop!meeting a lot of interesting authors adn those who are aspiring to do so!

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  43. Hi, Crystal!! Nice to see you again. As I'm writing this my cheesy husband is slicing hunk of cheese. He can eat a boat load!

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  44. Hi Sara! Nice to meet you. Now I want some cheese... :)
    ~Skye

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  45. Mmm, I'm a cheese fan, too. Congratulations on your upcoming release, Crystal!

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  46. Hi Crystal! Just wanted to thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog yesterday with the Blitz Team. Most of the comments were really inspiring! Lily.

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  47. Cheese makes the world go round? :) Nice thought. Finally made it over from the Follow Fest, and have followed you in more places, including liking your amazon author page. Nice to meet you again. Writer’s Mark

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  48. Nice cheese. Visiting from Follow Fest and followed/liked the links.

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    1. Aw, thanks! I'm getting back around, slowly. That's the name of the game when you're sick, eh?

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  49. Hey Crystal, stopping by from the Follow Fest to say hi, and it sounds like you're quite flexible with your genre choosing. I am as well, so I can appreciate it! :D

    I'm also a singer, with my own "band" (really it's just me and a guy in California, and our laptops. Oh, and all his instruments with which he transforms my formerly very stripped-back demos).

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Hit me with your cheese!