As part of the virtual book tour for Many Genres, One Craft, I have more contributor interviews this week: C. Coco DeYoung, Crystal B. Bright, Kaye Dacus, and John DeChancie.

Read about Crystal's publication route:

How I got started with getting published was through my local writing group. Even though I had a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing from Old Dominion University, and I earned a Master of Arts degree from Seton Hill University in Writing Popular Fiction, I still felt insecure about submitting my work to a publisher.

Rejections hurt. To soften the blow, I entered a lot of writing contests. I won some. I lost some. But losing didn’t break me as much as I thought it would. So when members of my local writing group tipped me off on selling short, sweet romantic stories to a national tabloid magazine called Sun, I decided it was time to try my hand at the publishing world.

I submitted a short story that was very loosely based on aspects of my day job. I work at an electric utility company. What’s more romantic than a hot kiss in one of those utility truck buckets near dangerous power lines? The editor at Sun magazine liked it and offered to publish it. It was a thrilling moment for me to get a check for something I had written. And it was even more exciting to go to my local grocery store and pick up a magazine that had one of my stories inside…even if the cover of the magazine itself proclaimed to have evidence of Bigfoot’s existence. We all have to get our start somewhere.

I had three more short stories published in the magazine before I finally decided to try my hand at a larger publisher. A friend of mine from my writing group had just won a writing contest with the publisher Phaze Books, which is the erotic imprint of Mundania Press, LLC, the same publisher that publishes best-selling author Piers Anthony. After one of my short story submissions had been rejected by Sun magazine when they decided to change their format, my friend encouraged me to submit my story to Phaze Books. So I not only expanded the story, I added more erotic content. My story, now a novella, had been accepted for publication.

When my novella got accepted, I felt comfortable enough to submit my thesis for my Writing Popular Fiction degree to a publisher. I was thrilled when I got "The e-mail" that the publisher wanted to contract it. After that, I’ve been contracted and published by about ten different publishers. So far it’s been a great ride.

--Crystal B. Bright

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. 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

Crystal is a contributor to Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction, a writing guide edited by Michael A. Arnzen and Heidi Ruby Miller and based on the Seton Hill University Writing Popular Fiction graduate program.


  1. I love when you said that we all have to start somewhere--that sentiment is so true. And, everyone's "somewhere" is a little different.

    Thank you for sharing, Crystal!

    :) Heidi

  2. All it takes is that one defining moment to take that leap of faith. It either pays off, or you learn from it. Either way something valuable is gained.

  3. You've been tagged on my blog! You're it!


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