Secret Writers

Crystal B. Bright

As part of the three month mega VBT for the writing guide Many Genres, One Craft, Calum, The Secret Writer, and I are hosting the Secret Writers series.

I decided to use a pseudonym, not because I was embarrassed by writing erotic romance and wanted to distance myself from that side. I did it because I wanted readers to have sort of a shorthand to know what they're getting. When readers pick up a Crystal B. Bright book, they know it'll be a contemporary romance or paranormal romance where the sex mentioned in the book won't be as risque as in an erotic romance novel. When readers pick up a Bridget Midway novel, they know they'll get a great story with sex written in an explicit way.

As far as how I picked my pseudonym, that was easy. Well, once I stopped overthinking it, my final decision was easy. Most people think that my real name, Crystal B. Bright, is my pen name because who would name their child Crystal B. Bright? After trying to find names that were sexy, funny, mysterious, and catchy, I remembered something I had heard of how soap opera stars or porn stars pick their names. They take a middle name and the street they grew up on as their name. I told that story to some friends and one friend quickly said, "Oh, no. Porn stars use their pet's name and the street they grew up on." So I could have been Spunky Midway.

A self-professed nerd, Crystal B. Bright has been telling stories for as long as she can remember. Not one to give up on her dreams, she was determined to make it as an author after earning her B.A. in Creative Writing from Old Dominion University and her M.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. Her essay "Write from the Heart" appears in the new writing guide Many Genres, One Craft, edited by Michael A. Arnzen and Heidi Ruby Miller. Crystal makes Virginia Beach her home. She enjoys writing, reading, watching movies and spending quality time with her family and close friends. To know more, please visit her website at

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  1. Thank you, Crystal, for insight into Bridget!

    :) Heidi

  2. Thank you so much for the interview. Crystal and Bridget appreciate it! ;)


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