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Thimble Kisses author Crystal Clifton interviewed on Writing Like a Mother

Writing mother Crystal Bozeman Clifton is the author of the forthcoming children’s book, Thimble Kisses.

Today we get to hear from Crystal Clifton in my first ever interview with a children’s author! Crystal’s children’s book Thimble Kisses is due out later this year. I have talked to so many people in my daily life who put off writing because they don’t have a special writing place, but Crystal proves that the kitchen table is as good a place as any to get writing! Read on to find out more about her life as a writing mother and grandmother.

How many children do you have, and what are their ages?
I have 4. Their ages are 28, 27, 24, and 22, two boys and two girls.

How do you find time to write? If your children have moved away, how did you write when they were home?
They are all grown and away, but when they were little I would write when they were napping or at school usually.

What do your children think of your writing?
Well, considering that the stories I write are loosely based on their childhood experiences, they are rather supportive and excited about it. I am staying with my oldest son, his wife, and their daughter (my granddaughter) Bella, and they have been awesome.

In which genre do you write?
I write children’s books. All ages can read them, but they are geared toward the young ages from 1st grade through middle school. I am hoping that the first will be released either at the end of the year of beginning of next year.

How does your writing affect your family life?
It really doesn’t get in the way. I take care of my granddaughter, and she is pretty good. So it’s not hard at all.

What is your typical writing space?
Right now it’s the kitchen table at home. I have a desk in the living room and one in my bedroom, and no one around most of the time. But I just sit at the kitchen table to write.

Beginning, middle, or end? Which part of a book/story do you most like to write?
The end, because then I can go back and re-read the story and enjoy it all over again.

Do you write with background music or a soundtrack?
No. I wish! – lol- I write to people in the living room talking – lol – but I do good either way. When I want to relax while writing, I listen to relaxing music.

What inspires you?
My children’s lives growing up and watching my 6 grandchildren. I will use some of their stories as well.

What is your beverage of choice when writing?
Usually Dr Pepper or Peach Tea.

What’s next for you?
I have another children’s book in the works. I can’t say the name at the moment. I do have book two in the series done and ready for illustration soon, but I have Thimble Kisses due out at the end of this year or beginning of next year.

Is there a story you think ought to be written, but not by you?
Oh yeah I have a great idea, but I just can’t get wrapped around it. I wish I could find someone who could.

[See below for Crystal’s Facebook pages. Maybe you can convince her to share the great idea!]

What are you reading?
At the moment, I am reading Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, the fourth book in the Beautiful Creatures series.

Who are some authors who inspire you?
I have so many, actually too many to name. I love so many of them. I just can’t narrow it down.
That’s a good problem to have!

Maybe this question will be easier to narrow down. Which books have stayed with you long after you’ve read them?
Well, Twilight books, of course, The Beautiful Creatures books, and the Mercy Thompson series, but there is one that I am always remembering. It’s In my Dreams by Cameo Renee. It’s a beautiful story, and it was the first to make me cry.

Do you have a favorite color or palette that shows up in your writing?
Probably bright colors because they are always cheerful.

What’s your background? How does it play into your writing?
I have a very supportive and strong family. I was raised by awesome parents. They were always telling me I could do anything I set my mind to, especially my Mom.

Do you have other creative pursuits that feed into your writing?
I love poetry and singing. Sometimes when I am writing, I will think of a children’s song and it kind pushes the story along.

Where can we find you on the web?
Facebook is my primary place at the moment. Here are links to my {personal} and {Author} pages.

Thank you, Crystal! I look forward to your book release, and I hope lots of folks stop by your pages to keep up with your news. Best wishes in your writing!
If you are a writing parent who would like to be featured in an interview, contact me through my Facebook page (see sidebar) or by email at summerkinard {at} gmail [dot] com, subject line “Writing Like a Mother interview.” Bloggers and writers from all genres are welcome.

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