Tasting Life Twice

Author Crystal King muses on life, history, writing and food.

Posts about Feast of Sorrow:

Can You Guess How to Pronounce Apicius?

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Crystal King Apr 1, 2018 10:44:16 AM
Can You Guess How to Pronounce Apicius?

 Writing a book set in Ancient Rome means that I have to work with a lot of names that are probably unfamiliar to people, such as Thrasius, Sotas, and Ruan. And, ironically, when I included ancient Roman names that have survived the centuries, such as the name Melissa, my readers told me that the name felt too out of place.

Feast of Sorrow Long-Listed for Center for Fiction First Novel Prize

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Crystal King Jul 18, 2017 10:00:00 AM
Feast of Sorrow Long-Listed for Center for Fiction First Novel Prize

When I wrote Feast of Sorrow, I never once thought of being nominated for a prize, much less winning one. I thought it might be a decent book, and one that some people would like, but I figured it was such a niche genre that I might not even find a publisher for it and would eventually have to start writing on book two and then sell it later. 

Out With the Old, In With the New

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Crystal King Dec 31, 2016 12:18:09 PM
Out With the Old, In With the New

Another year nearly gone by. A time for reflection and a time for resolutions. The end of this year feels fraught with anxiety for me, for a variety of reasons. I know I'm not alone in this regard. There seems to be a collective UGH that the people around me are saying. 2016 can't go away fast enough, for me, and for many others out there.