Interview with Anthony M. Swinsinski, author of The Crystal Heart: Beginnings

Publisher: Arctic Flame Publications

Publication Date: November 6, 2013

Book Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: The Man-God gave his life out of love for the Varian people of Arathia, by ripping his own heart from his chest to provide life-sustaining light and warmth in an eternally dark place. The Ree-Kyae are pure evil, and cannot live in the light of love, so they've figured out a way to shatter The Crystal Heart. 

Now, by collecting all the pieces and reassembling The Crystal Heart of the Man-God, it’s up to Kinley to repair the damage done, and restore the balance, beauty, light, and warmth of The Crystal Heart. 

The only question left is can it be done?

Interview: Q. Please tell us about the inspiration for your current release.

The inspiration for The Crystal Heart: Beginnings was a blend of different elements, I had been toying around with the idea of starting a new book once my bartending guide was released. I wanted something else to do, a new world to create, and that mutated into this fantastic story. I would have to say that the original inspiration for the book was actually a Facebook status I posted “who has the patience to piece together the shards of my shattered crystal heart.” From there the story grew.

Q. How did writing this book affect you?

I started writing “Beginnings” years ago, and as it has grown so have I, opinions changed. I didn’t write “Beginnings” with any clear ending in mind for the series and it wasn’t until I had started writing “Journey” (the second book in the series) that I even contemplated how it would end. To be honest, when it comes to my writing process I don’t like to plan or have things set in stone for the book, I write fluid and organic, anything could change and I could find the story going in a different direction than I plan with just one page.

Q. Is there anything you haven’t written about that you would like to in the future?

Right now, I am focusing on finishing the series (The Crystal Heart). Once that’s finished, I think I am going to continue writing in the universe of TCH and expanding on some of the characters and bringing new ones in. I’ve been rolling another plotline around in my head for a while now, based in Arathia, but during a different time period.

Q. Which of your characters would you want to be and why?

This could be a tricky question to answer, I don’t want to give away any spoilers. I like Arissa a lot, I think her character growth is one of the most dramatic in the series, but I have to say that while writing the book I based Kinley’s thoughts more after my own thought process, how he responds is, mostly, how I feel I would respond. Originally the character I molded after myself was the Man-God, but as he grew and became a more integral part of the story, I found myself identifying more with Kinley.

Q. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

Everything that I’ve wanted to do I’ve found a way to so far in my life. When I was 13 I started working for an independent publishing company. I learned layout, and editing, and production. From there I decided I wanted to move more towards the artistic side, moved into writing and wrote two internet reference guides. Wanted to move further into the industry and design covers. I went to school for graphic design and found myself surpassing the teachers. I spent a while designing covers. Once I got bored of graphic design I wanted to go into a completely different direction and picked up bartending, that’s something I’ve been doing since 2007. In 2008 I wrote a bartending guide, combining two of the things I enjoyed. Now I’m working on “The Crystal Heart: Journey”.

Q. What are you currently reading?

Currently I’m not reading anything, I just finished The Divergent Series and am always looking for a new series.

Q. All of the books you’ve read, which book has impacted you the most?

Of the books I’ve read, I think Animorphs have impacted me the most. Not particularly for the plot or the writing, but because the Animorphs series is what first got me reading, and without the joy of reading I would be half the person I am today.

Q. What gives you the most joy in life?

Simply put, my dog. Penny is a beautiful brindle dachshund mix, she is always with me, everywhere I go. When I write she is on my lap, chest or in my face.

Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I created the world of The Crystal Heart while I was in a dark place in life; from there this magnificent story emerged. Something beautiful came from something perilous. I created this world to escape and that’s why I read, to escape the stress and problems of the real world. It’s same reason for my writing, to escape and to provide a place of escape for people searching one out.

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