Crystal Evans started her blog in 2009 and never knew that what started as just something to do would grow into an impacting space.
Question and Answers with Jamaican Author Crystal Evans
Tell us about the first book you read that made you think, I can do this or this is what I am going to do?
Crystal Evans : Harriet’s Daughter by M. NourbeSe Philip. Really enjoyed the narrator’s perspective.
Then I read Green Day’s By The River, The schoolmaster, To Kill A Mockingbird, A Raisin in The Sun, I realized that you could explore themes through fiction. You could teach people, motivate people and change mindsets through writing. As a teenager ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’ and The Schoolmaster messed with my head and my emotions. I actively sought similar West Indian literature that was geared towards social themes.
I think I am one of those people who wasn’t coached to read: I could read from as far back as I can remember. I could understand words in paper. I think my cousins got some fancy books from abroad and I would go under the bed at mh aunt’s bed and read the books.
I fell in love with you literature during my primary school days when we would get these books , free books from the Ministry of Education, and I would spent that entire evening reading every single one.
I joined the school library and back then we had like a library bus that would come to our school from the parish library.
What are you reading now?
Crystal Evans: Mostly research online on how to make my businesses better, philosophy, psychology, self help.
Memes make me anxious, social media gives me anxiety.
I quell those anxieties by reading in my spare time, getting back to the real world.
What was the last book you read?
Crystal Evans: “The God of Small Things”
I enjoyed the mastery of language and metaphor in that book.
It gave me that West Indian feel.
Some of the issues in that novel is similar to what we faced in the Caribbean.
What do you like musically?
Crystal Evans: I am big fan of Afrobeat.
I can feel the soul of Africa in the music.
The percussive nature of the drums.
Funny thing listening to Afrobeat I assumed that’s how our dancehall sounds to non Jamaicans.
I am big fan of Burna Boy, Kidi.
Dancehall music still is my all time favorite. Popcaan’s “Elevate” been on repeat for me. As I’ve said before that our dancehall music is poetry on a rhythm. And the themes of struggle and triumph is constant in our music because it’s a fight out there. And it never ends, it’s a journey, not a destination.
You write a lot of stories about love, Man and woman story. Anyone special in your life right now?
Crystal Evans : No
I am actually single right now.
If I meet that one then so be it.
Do you think that one is out there?
Crystal : yes, a lot of people I don’t meet yet inno. The best might still be there to come.
Currently I am dating and having fun and not taking anyone too seriously.
In these times when you take people too seriously too soon, they take you for a joke.
I am sort of limiting access to me so to speak.
Want to focus more on developing my business portfolio and tying up some loose ends business wise.
Significant others can be rather distracting.
How important do you think it is for us to work on our relationship with others?
Crystal Evans : Relationships are important to me.
Humans are social beings.
What I won’t do in relationships is overcompensate in any way, shape or form.
I will invest a lot emotionally in a relationship
Whether it’s friendships, family or intimate partner
But I cannot stick around so to speak.
If for whatever reason I am not getting back what I put in. I start to feel as if I am overextending myself and overcompensating and this no longer suits me.
I will pull back once I read your energy.
It has nothing to do with you than me deciding that I’ve accepted what you think or that vibe you are giving off.
I have found peace in acceptance always.
It is what works for me.
Tell us about your new book!
The Fairy Tale Complex !
Crystal Evans : it’s basically Saf my heroine and alter ego trying to figure out what is it that she needs out of her relationship with men and I believe her biggest issue is that she expects a lot from men and sometimes too soon, her views on relationships are not realistic.
She suffers from the dreaded, fairy tale complex where she expects a man to come and make everything okay in her world.
Saf has developed into quite the heroine?
Crystal Evans : She is still a process and I get to explore a lot of the issues I have through her.
Some issues I am still working through…
Sometimes the issue isn’t other people, sometimes it’s you. I spend a lot of time by myself for fear that I might be the issue and not know.
I take some time off for myself and be introspective.
And sometimes I saw where I made mistakes or where I could have done things differently.
I try not to recreate those experiences.
Saf, this is the end of her series.
Not writing another Saf book.
I need to move on from that character.
We all know when it’s time to move on.
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