Let’s start with the basics: when did you first know you were an Author?
Hi, my name is Crystal B. Bright (real name). I write contemporary interracial romances. I also write under the name Bridget Midway. Under that name, I write contemporary BDSM interracial erotic romances.
I first knew I was an Author when I saw my work in print and got paid for it. The very first thing I ever published was an 800-word short story for The Sun tabloid magazine. Years ago, the magazine published sweet, quickie romances that appeared at the back of their magazine. I did 4 stories in all for them – 2 as Crystal and 2 as Bridget – until they changed their formatting and decided to do straight science fiction instead of romances.
How many books have you published?
I think I’m up to about 25 stories published. I’m including both names I write under and all the short stories and novellas I’ve written along with my novels.
Are there any that did not get published?
Oh, gosh, yes! I have lots of stories I’ve presented to agents, editors and publishers that have gotten the big “R”. I never take it personally or get down about the rejection now. Can’t say I felt this way several years ago. I’ve learned now that publishing is a business. If your work is rejected, it may not be because of your writing. It could be that the publisher already has a story like yours already that they’re about to release. My erotic romance novel Fascination Street was rejected for that reason. The publisher was about to release Swing by Opal Carew, a story also about couples that swapped partners. So instead of lamenting that I didn’t get on with one publisher, I moved on to another.
Are you still going to make that happen?
Oh, yes. For sure. I’ve always told yet-to-be-published authors and new authors that I’m a better author today than I was yesterday. So I’ll redo the story, edit it, and submit it again. Hopefully, I’ll get a bite next time.
Written any really bad stories that we will never see?
Of course! Any author who tells you that he/she hasn’t written a bad story is telling you a BIG story. I wish I could say that I’m an amazing writer, and everything I write is pure gold. I’m not and my stories are not all golden. I’m a work-in-progress, which is fine. I’m always striving to improve my craft to take it to the next level. For one thing, improving my writing makes it interesting to me. Also, my readers will benefit when they buy a book that’s told better than the last story they read from me.
What do you have currently out now?
My latest release is a novella called “Learning the Hard Way”, which is available as both a standalone ebook or in the Bound to be Naughty print anthology. Here’s the link to that anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Bound-Be-Naughty-Erotic-Romance/dp/1943576459/
What keeps you motivated to write the next story?
The story itself keeps me motivated. I know a story is good when I go to bed and I’m dreaming about the story. If I have a driving need to write the story before I go to work and as soon as I get home from work, then I know I have something that readers will also like.
For Crystal B. Bright, Lyrical Press, a subsidiary of Kensington Publishing, has just contracted my contemporary interracial romance called Crazy in Love. The Beyoncé song is in your head now, isn’t it? The story is about a down-and-out R&B singer, who has a very public and embarrassing nervous breakdown, trying to come back to the spotlight. On her way back to her career, she’s going to help produce an album for a struggling country singer. The story will be out in October 2017. It will also be a part of a 3-book series I’m calling my Harmony line.
As Bridget Midway, I’m working on the 4th book in my Love series, called Addicted to Love. There were 2 characters in Slave to Love, the 2nd book in my Love series, that I, as an author, felt drawn to write. It was the Dom who didn’t speak named Lord No and the slave who served him in the show named Bubbles. I wanted to know more about this duo. How did they get together? What happened after the cameras of the reality TV show stops rolling?
What can we, as your support group, do to help you?
Great question. Please continue buying my books. If you’ve never heard of me, please start buying my work and give me a chance. If you’ve read my Bridget stuff and didn’t even know I wrote as Crystal B. Bright, please pick up that work. I have a 3-book series out as Crystal called the Mama’s Boys series that I’m very proud of right now. If you’ve read my Crystal work but you haven’t picked up my Bridget works because you’re afraid of BDSM, please give it a try. Hopefully, you’ll be surprised. And one last thing. When you read a book, whether you read me or not, please, please, please don’t forget to post reviews!
What is the wildest thing a fan has said to you?
I love readers. Considering what I write, there’s not too much that surprises me. If anything, I try to always surprise my readers, whether it’s in my work or at a conference. I am tickled and humbled when a reader confesses that reading my more risqué work allowed them to explore a different side of themselves. I mainly write to entertain. If an education comes out of my work, I’m thrilled. I work hard at doing my research. Hopefully, that shows in my work. That’s always good to hear.
How important are reviews to you?
Reviews are very important to me. Sometimes I’m too close to my work. Reading what others think about my work allows me to see what an outsider sees. It either confirms that I’m on the right track or lets me see that I have some more work to do.
Ever receive any hurtful reviews? Elaborate?
I think every author has received a not-so-positive review of their work. One time, someone posted a review that she didn’t like my Crystal work because it wasn’t erotic enough. Well, Crystal B. Bright doesn’t do erotic romance. Bridget Midway does. I try to keep my 2 personas separated, but I think once readers know that 2 pen names are really one person, they expect that kind of work from both sides. The reason I write under 2 different names is to be able to write in different styles.
At the beginning of my publishing career, I used to respond, or clap back as the kids would say, whenever I received a negative review. I no longer do that. People pay their money for something. They have every right to comment.
What Conventions are you planning to attend in 2017?
I’m going to be going to Kassanna’s Interracial Romance Author Expo in Daytona, Florida in May 2017. I’m also a featured author at the 2017 Reading Warriors Retreat from the Building Relationships Around Books group. I’m also hosting my own event in November 2017 called “Royal Pains with Bridget Midway and Friends.” It’ll be in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Here are the links to the events below:
2017 Reading Warriors Retreat – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-reading-warriors-retreat-tickets-26774024829
Royal Pains with Bridget Midway and Friends – https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeRFpmtSuV-pdwDEthlv6V5XhgmauLXzadqk_nFFqwvoQjAaw/viewform?c=0&w=1
Are you planning any independent reader events for yourself?
As a matter of fact, I am. This will be my 3rd author event. It’s called “2017 Royal Pains with Bridget Midway and Friends.” It is a BDSM event where not only will I be releasing a BDSM title at the event, but I’ll also have people there in the BDSM lifestyle who will be answering questions and doing demonstrations. It will be on Friday, November 3rd and Saturday, November 4th in Williamsburg, Virginia. For more information and to register, go to: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeRFpmtSuV-pdwDEthlv6V5XhgmauLXzadqk_nFFqwvoQjAaw/viewform?c=0&w=1
Tell us one thing you’d like us to remember about you?
If you remember one thing about me is that I really care about the craft of writing and putting together a great story. I wish I could write as fast as the stories come in my head. I get consumed over the fact that I’m putting out work that other people will read, and I want it to be the best it can be for them. My undergraduate degree from Old Dominion University is in creative writing, my master’s degree from Seton Hill University is in writing popular fiction, and I’m constantly reading books on the craft of writing and other authors’ books.
Any authors you recommend?
Too many to name! I would recommend reading an author you have never heard of before. You might surprise yourself and discover a new author or a new genre.
Who inspires or motivates you?
I’m inspired by life. I enjoy exploring different possibilities.
Any last thoughts?
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