Author Interview: Krystal Lawrence, author of ‘Cat O’ Nine Tales’
Krystal Lawrence lives in the Pacific Northwest. She is the author of three novels—— two vampire stories, Risen and Risen II: The Progeny, and a trilogy entitled, Be Careful What You Wish For which is currently under consideration to be turned into a television series. Cat O’Nine Tales is Krystal’s first and much anticipated collection of short stories. Her books are available through Amazon and all major book retailers.
About the Book:
Title: Cat O’ Nine Tales
Author: Krystal Lawrence
Publisher: Telemachus Press
What evil dwells within the pretty lady next door or the ordinary house cat?
What happens when you pursue your dreams into the desert after dark?
Beware the man borne of your imagination. He could seek vengeance on the one who created him.
Visit a bookstore offering a most alluring and sinister service.
Journey to the dark side with ten twisted tales of horror, malevolence, and the truly uncanny.
Thank you so much for this interview, Krystal! Can you tell us where you are from?
Thank you for having me. I was born and raised in Southern California.
How did you come up with your title?
Initially I had only nine stories, but I decided to add a bonus tale because I had written a follow-up story to my second book, the trilogy, Be Careful What You Wish For. Once I included the tenth story I just didn’t have the heart to change the title. I sort of fell in love with the cat the designer found for the cover of the book jacket and couldn’t part with him. So it became Cat O’Nine Tales and one bonus story.
They say you can judge a book by its cover. Can you tell us a little about your cover and who designed it?
This particular cover was probably the most challenging of any of my books. When I think about cover design, I am looking more to capture a mood then I am any real design idea. Cat O’Nine Tales was a long process and collaborative effort on the part of the publisher, the designer, and myself to get just the right feel. Once we found the cat that was half the battle, but there was quite a bit of extra work involved to get the lighting, the cat’s eyes and the background exactly the way we wanted it. My publisher came up with the idea for the back of the jacket to have the stack of books with the titles of all the stories. In the end I couldn’t have been happier.
Can you tell us something about your book that would make me run out and buy it?
I have been told that the stories have a subtle way of sucking you in and holding you there until the last page has been turned. Who wouldn’t want to meet a character that refuses to allow his creator to kill him off, and goes to extraordinary measures to insure his continued existence, despite the author’s wishes to see him die…oh and the author I speak of is not myself…
Are there any messages in this book that you want the reader to know about?
I write pure fiction. My books are designed to take the reader away from reality for a while. My message is: Escape and enjoy yourself!
What was your most favorite chapter to write and why?
The confrontation between Sheriff Dearborn and Grant Hudson. When they meet it is both terrifying and very funny.
Why did you feel you had to write this book?
I’m not sure that putting together the book was actually a conscious decision on my part. I call this particular endeavor my accidental book because I had written several short stories over the last year or so with no idea in mind of what to do with them. It wasn’t until I realized I had enough to fill a book that I decided to put out an anthology.
Now, some fun questions – What deep dark secret would you like to share with us?
Sometimes I scare myself when I write a story and have to sleep with the light on.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Sidewinder South Dakota for a drink at the Ace High Saloon. (Read the book and you will understand why…)
Are you a morning person or a night person?
Very much a night person. That might have something to do with the genre I write in. Nothing very scary ever happens in the cold and revealing light of day, now does it?
Are there any members in your family who also like to write?
I come from a long line of very creative souls, but their gifts tend to be more as artists and musicians.
As a child, were you a dreamer?
As a child, and every stage in between. I am still one today.
Last but not least, the magic genie has granted you one wish. What would that be?
To see one of my titles appear on the New York Times best seller list.
Thank you so much for this interview! Do you have any final words?
Thank you so much for having me. It’s been a pleasure.