“Each of you should use whatever gift you have recieved to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10 NIV
Crystal Caudill is a tea-drinking, book-hoarding, history nerd. Her parents had no idea what a monster they were creating when they took her to her first history museum. From that moment on she has researched and crafted stories filled with danger, love, and history.
She is a member of ACFW and Novel.Academy. She won the 2018 RWA Wisconsin Fab Five, came in second for the 2018 RWA Touched By Love Contest, and was a finalist in the 2017 ACFW Virginia Crown Award. She has received her Masters in Elementary Education and is a substitute teacher for her local school district.
While yet unpublished fictionally, she does have an article published on the Southern Writer’s Magazine Blog titled Crafting the Perfect Chapter and a guest post on Quills and Inkblots on 2 Fantastic Writing Resources.
- So You Want to be a Author? A Workshop for the Next Generation – 2019 Kentucky Christian Writer’s Conference, June 20-22
2017 Finalist in ACFW Virginia Crown Awards
Answering the “Write Call”
Reading and writing have always been a part of my soul. It only takes one look at the yellowed pages of my memory box to realize words and creativity have been seeking expression from the moment I could hold a crayon.
Initially, reading, daydreaming, and writing were a means of escape. Just like every other soul out there, my family faced many challenges and struggles over the years. My source of escape grew into a passion which I held close to my heart. Only those closest to me knew I had written a 73,000 word story during middle school.
Even after I “grew up”, married, and had two wonderful boys, stories flowed from my fingertips. I could not be sane unless the stories in my head found release through life on paper. If I didn’t have a creative thought in my head, then it was a sure sign I was stressed to the point of a nervous breakdown. Writing is who I am. Still, I never dreamed that I would receive the “Write Call”.
In June 2015, my husband treated me to a writer’s conference for my birthday. I was excited to go and learn ways to improve my writing, but I never had any intention of seeking anything beyond personal gratification. God’s plan for my writing ended up being a little bit bigger.
From the very first moments of the conference, God made it clear that not only did I need to improve my writing, but I needed to begin the process of pursuing writing as a career. Over and over again He put publishing in my face, and quite honestly, through some very forceful, intimidating conversations. For me, this was not some jump up and down exciting call. This was a hope-filled terror that had me questioning if God would really use something so important to me to serve Him.
Over and over again He has proved it. Although it is not easy, I am answering the “Write Call” and following the Love that leads. May we all be reminded that His love leads us to places we never thought possible… sometimes even to answer the “Write Call.”