Photo: Heather Larson

Photo: Heather Larson

Bonjour!

I'm Crystal and I'm so excited to meet you! 

If I were to describe myself in one word it would be: storyteller. I've been telling stories all my life and finally started putting pen-to-paper to write them down when I was in 7th grade. I haven't stopped! (Although now pen-to-paper has turned into fingers-to-keyboard.) I have a degree in English from the University of Minnesota with an emphasis on creative writing. 

I believe stories are important. Fictional stories can take us to new places and teach us valuable lessons from the comfort of our own home. They can provide an escape when we need it the most. And real life stories? We all have one! And I believe our stories are meant to be shared. They help us connect and grow. They help us become better versions of ourselves.

So, here's my story: I was born and raised in Wisconsin, where I lived an idyllic life in a beautiful college town until I was ripped away at the age of 9 and my parents forced me to move to Minnesota. #pastorskidlife I was determined not to move again, so I let them know I was a tad displeased and refused to go to school. After a lot of yelling and kicking in a parking lot, Jesse Ventura eventually got me through the rest of the school. (I haven't told that story, yet? Hmm... maybe one day.) I also discovered (years later, when I was finally free to move wherever I wanted) that Minneapolis isn't so bad. It's a vibrant, artsy city perfect for storytellers of any kind, so I decided to stay put for awhile. I still live in Minneapolis, where you can find me writing, reading, or planning my next getaway, all while giving endless tummy rubs to my sweet pup, Mina.

After college I did a number of things before landing on doing what I do best: telling stories. I work in communications for churches and non-profits to help them tell their stories. I'd love to help you tell YOUR story!

I also make time for my first storytelling love: fiction. I typically write young adult, but have been known to branch out from time-to-time. Contemporary and paranormal stories are my specialties. My hope is always that my stories will take readers away to a new world, make them feel and see things in a new way, and provide them with new friends. I mean, let's face it. Sometimes our fictional friends are our best friends. When I have time, I also dabble in poetry. Be sure to check out where you can find my writing!