1. How did you go about the world building in Scarlet Reign?The Scarlet Reign world seemed to build itself – it’s how I pictured a world of magic would make sense. I began with just the first chapter – in five minutes I had an idea and two hours later it was complete – minus 50 or so edits. Then I focused on an ending where young women could come out of their shell and rise to the challenge; it was just there. After that, I implemented the rules and the characters as the story developed. Everything between can seem overwhelming to create, but it was so much fun because I didn’t worry about the story: I just picked one thing at a time that I wanted to see happen and tried to fit it in somewhere, so I literally bounced back and forth from the beginning to the end of the story just adding ideas. At times I had no idea what direction things would go. Toward the end, it was a challenge to make everything connect, but that was even more fun, like a puzzle. I go on long walks when something is on my mind, with no pressure, and the problems of the story are usually resolved. On tough days, they’re really long walks.
2. What does your writing process look like?
Over the years I come up with numerous ideas that I think would be exciting to see in a story. I collect them until a complete adventure can be pieced together. It is really just a matter of squeezing as many ideas as I can into a timeline. Unfortunately, many of the ideas have to be left out if they don’t fit, but, then they are saved for another story.
3. What inspired you to write young adult.
Adolescence is a difficult time for many people. My intent is to facilitate a feeling of acceptance and normalcy in young adults. I believe people learn best through experience, and they can even learn through other people’s experiences. Thus, entertaining stories are a great catalyst for growth and why I chose this genre.
4. When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I never really thought of myself as a writer, even today. I know it sounds weird, but I just want to create a place where people can go for help, adventure, and emotional journeys. Writing, to me, is an art where people can work magic with words. I feel my art is in the story. Although, I think I’m too hard on myself: I didn’t really appreciate my writing until I read an excerpt of my work on another site. Then I was like, wow, I wrote that?
5. What are your future goals? Can we expect more books?
I am working on about ten different stories at the moment. I piece them together in my mind until they are complete enough to start a treatment. I am always building them and have numerous treatments written down. I promised myself I would publish the second book to Scarlet Reign next year, which has been written and needs to be revised, but there are several more I can’t wait to complete. There are four books in this series, so we’ll see where it all goes, but first I must consider writing as a hobby because I have other responsibilities. I will do everything in my power to have one Scarlet Reign book come out every year. It shouldn’t be hard as the last two are compiled and ready to be written – but there may also be a spinoff. I have already put forth great effort to piece them together so that they connect as a complete story. Book one is filled with set-ups that are imperative to the other seven (yes, seven) books.
6. What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Do not quit, and do not stress about it. Advice I still need to follow. I have walked away from writing and come back so many times, but I just keep getting better. This story was actually written about five years ago, but it is now just coming out in its final version. Also, I wrote another book before this one but was frustrated when a similar story came out before I published it, even though it was about four years in the making. Maybe it wasn’t meant to be. I think my stories get better each time anyway.
R.D. Crist is a psychotherapist who generates creativity via long walks and majestic views of nature. True inspiration to write, however, derives from personal hardships that have sparked a desire to help others manage life’s various struggles.
Although R.D. Crist has only released one book, three have been written and several more begun, which span a variety of genres. The focus of these stories are intended to center on Crist’s favorite dynamics of a story – personal conflict, relationship development, inner growth, and social revelation. Each story is created with a greater purpose to stimulate a person to reflect on common challenges, be they personal, interactive, or in principle.
Childhood influences include Ray Bradbury stories and character conflict movies like Twelve Angry Men.
Socializing, listening to people’s stories, spending time with family, and relentlessly exercising (as if those last ten pounds cared) are some of Crist’s favorite ways to pass the day.
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