Crystal Smith is a 25 year old new African American author that has loved the art of literature ever since she could remember. Growing up she spent majority of her time writing short stories, poems, and music. She completed her first novel "Secrets in the A" at the age of 19 after graduating from Benjamin E Mays High School in Atlanta Georgia (2006). She later went on to attend Bauder College majoring in Criminal Justice while leaving her writing dreams behind for a short time. After years of writing amazing college papers, she decided to send her works to different publishing companies. In 2013 she was recognized by Ruby Love Publications and became one of the new authors of the publishing company, with her novel "Secrets In The A" being released on Friday April 5, 2013. After releasing her first novel Crystal begin working on new projects and was discovered by Peach Doll House Publications, becoming one of the first authors to be signed, with her novel "To Love Honor & Betray." Crystal currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia, employed as a Juvenile Probation/Parole Officer for the State of Georgia.
About To Love Honor And Betray
This fast paced Urban Saga, with the perfect twist of spirituality and real life drama will take you on one of the most exciting rides of your life; blessing you with a valuable lesson with each turning chapter. This unforgettable page turner will leave you breathless while allowing you to experience secrets, sex, and spirituality unfold right before your eyes.
Patience, a college student by day and a stripper by night ventures out into the cold streets of Atlanta all alone to do whatever it takes to make her dreams a reality. Being a ward of the state for most of her life contributed to the foundation of her ambitious nature and her stone cold heart; as she carries the weight of the world on her shoulders trusting no one. Patience only interest at this point in life was SELF; she figured that was all she needed because it was all she’d ever had. Her self-made nature left very little room for anything else especially LOVE, a force so unfamiliar to her. Is love powerful enough to break the toughest person down and change their entire life forever?
Essence takes on Atlanta by storm with her chain of Lofts in Atlantic Station and her endless amounts of cash flow. Essence is drowned in money and her soul is filled with pride as she blindly lives the perfect life with her perfect family. She has everything a woman could want and she HONORS herself and her family above it all. Is the price of honoring the dollar bill a little bit more expensive than she can bargain? Is the perfect life that she honors really the “perfect life”?
Jade was forced to grow up before her time, and with very little parental influence she hits the streets hard and gullible as ever. Scarred from her traumatized past and mentally broken from her abusive relationship, leaves her fighting for her life. The cards life continuously deals her makes it hard to determine if BETRAYL is her true motive as she fights hard to play the hand.
The gritty streets of Atlanta will show you exactly what it means to Love, Honor, and Betray, as you travel on a journey with these three ladies who all share a very special bond. Is there a price to pay for love? Can too much honor ultimately destroy you? Is every form of betrayal considered personal, or are some things just out of our control?
The answers will be vividly revealed as you enter into a world that will soon be turned upside down by the one and only. Love, Honor, and Betrayal will be the common denominator for these three friends; each woman getting hit with their own dose of the three forces.
Name 3 things about yourself readers may not know
I am a Juvenile Probation Parole Officer. I enjoy reading African American Fiction. I am a Capricorn, born January 7, 1988.
What is your biggest inspiration?
My biggest inspiration is the love from my readers. My readers from my previous novel inspired me to write To Love Honor And Betray. I wanted to relate the bible to the lives of everyday individuals through urban literature. My plan is to show how the bible is related to our everyday lives.
What led up to you becoming an author?
I've always loved the art of literature for as long as I can remember. I would say the feeling of being taken away to another place as you write. I love that foreign place & with each novel I travel deeper and deeper into another world, doing something I enjoy!!!
How would you describe your writing style?
I would describe my writing style as being urban/spiritual. None of my writing is realistic. I use the figment of my imagination for my novels. My writing consists of life experiences from myself and others around me.
What would you say is the most important thing an author should do before publishing his/her book?
New authors should weigh their options & play editor before hand. There's nothing like knowing you don't have major errors. It makes the editor's job easier!!
If you could go back and change one thing about your book, what would it be?
I would change the length. I've received many great reviews, but I use my negative reviews as a guide. Many readers complained that my story was too short. I plan to make this book a series so none of the books will be too long, but I promise to give more on pt2.
When you’re not writing, what are you doing?
I enjoy reading and watching movies. If I'm not writing, reading, or watching movies, I'm cleaning or working!!
How can readers and others in the literary community reach you?
I can be reached by any of the social networks below.