Let’s Chat! Author Crystal Joy!

Welcome, Readers! And Welcome, Author Crystal Joy!

Crystal JoyMeet Crystal Joy. This week we welcome this author whose pen name fits her photo perfectly: Crystal-clear Joy. 

I‘m excited to get to know Crystal better, and I think you will be, too. Please leave a comment in the Reply box below, and you’ll be entered in the drawing for a print copy of Crystal’s Completely Captivated.

Who Is Crystal Joy?


I write Contemporary Sweet Romance, but I like to refer to my writing as Deep Rooted Romance. 

First, I resigned from my teaching position as an 8th grade Language Arts teacher because I knew God was calling me to pursue a writing career. I loved my job. The students were fun and quirky, and I worked with an amazing staff. But God kept pushing me in another direction, and I knew I had to follow. It was really scary leaving a secure job to pursue a “not-so secure” career. (Click to Tweet That!)

Now I know I’m doing what I was called to do because every day when I sit down at my computer, I feel a sense of peaceful contentment wash over me. 

A Debut Experience for Crystal Joy

My first published book is titled Completely Captivated. It’s a collection of short fictionalized love stories about real-life couples.

My writing career did not start off like I thought it would. When I resigned from my teaching position, I intended to work on my sweet romance novels and publish them right away. But my novels needed a lot of revisions.

While I taught, I woke up at five in the morning to write, went to work, then lesson planned and graded at night. Writing at five in the morning did not create enticing, well-written books.

In the meantime, I wanted a way to connect with readers, so I wrote short love stories for real-life couples. Every month, I interviewed a new couple, wrote their story, and posted it on my website. The stories became such a hit that I decided to publish collections of these heartfelt stories. (Click to Tweet That!)

Right before I published Completely Captivated, a hurricane hit my publishing company, and the company didn’t think it would have my books printed in time. I had to push back the date of my book launch party, but it gave me more time to plan an amazing party.

What’s up with Crystal now?

Now I just finished my second book, Completely Yours. It’s the second collection of love stories. Although it’s a mix of love stories just like the first book (engagements, break-ups, weddings, tragic circumstances), this collection is much deeper than the first.

These couples really laid it all out there for you—questioning if their spouses still love them, if they should give up on long-distance relationships, if they should share their feelings with their childhood crushes. I love how open these couples were during their interviews because it made their stories realistic. Love isn’t easy. Relationships are hard work. (Click to Tweet That!)

Finally, I hope these heartfelt stories touch your heart as much as they did mine.

Ordering and Social Media Links for Crystal Joy:

Completely Captivated 

Completely Yours





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Lord, You are Joy. Your are the eternal source of joy for us, your children. How marvelous are Your ways in all the Earth. Crystal’s joy shines clearly because it’s from You. You are Love. You’ve called Crystal to write stories about love—fictionalized stories based on true love stories. How unique and captivating! Bless Crystal’s every word that lifts up Your glorious name: Love. ~ For Jesus’ sake 








12 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Crystal Joy!

  1. Stacy Simmons

    I thoroughly enjoyed your interview. I left teaching to go into another field as well. Your book sounds wonderful and I wish you the best in your new career.

    1. Thanks so much for joining in, Stacy.

    2. Thank you so much, Stacy! I hope your new profession is going well and you’ve found a job that you love!

  2. Marilyn R

    Completely Captivated and Completely Yours sound like wonderful romance stories to read. Thank you for sharing your writing journey and the leap of faith you took to pursue God’s will. Blessings as you continue to write for His glory.

    1. Great to see you in our chat circle this week, Marilyn!

    2. Thank you, Marilyn! I thank God for the opportunity to write these stories. I finished one of the stories in Completely Captivated right before the wife passed away. I drove to Mark and Rene’s house and gave them their story in person, and discovered that they were planning funeral arrangements for Rene. The story was read over and over again at Rene’s funeral, as a way to honor her life and relationship with Mark. They are one of the best couples I’ve ever met. Writing Mark and Rene’s story and finishing it right before her passing was all God’s timing. Thanks again for reaching out to me!

  3. I Love both of these books. It always amazes me how Crystal puts these stories in such a readers adventure.
    I Love the fact that all of them don’t end happy.
    I encourage new or other readers to check it out, you won’t be disappointed.

    1. Thanks so much for joining our chat, Sandy! Please come back.

    2. Thanks for your kind words, Sandy! I am so blessed to have a reader like you in my life!

  4. Evangeline

    This sounds like a delightful book, and I would love to win a copy. Thanks for the chance. I am putting your books on my wish list! Blessings on your continued writing ministry.

    1. Hi Evangeline–Thank you for your kind words! Happy Reading!

    2. Great to see you in our circle this week, Evangeline!


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Let’s Chat! Author Dana Pratola

Welcome, Everyone! And Welcome, Dana Pratola!

This week we visit with author Dana Pratola, who writes romance, paranormal, speculative, and suspense novels. What a treat to get to know Dana. 

Comment in the Reply box below to enter the drawing for one of Dana’s books.

Congratulations, Susan Snodgrass! You’ve won one of Dana’s novels!

Dana Pratola: Her “Before”

Growing up in West Orange, New Jersey in a unique situation. I was an only child and simultaneously the youngest of five.

Three brothers made me somewhat of a tomboy (Click to Tweet), and I kept pace with my youngest brother as best I could, climbing things and busting stuff, lol.

On the other side of the coin, living in an only child home, having only myself and my imagination to occupy me, contributed to my creativity. My dad fed my passion for books and read to me every night (Click to Tweet)I could not have become anything but a writer.

It was a strange situation, designed by God in order to instill things in me He knew I’d need, such as love of reading and the ability to enjoy isolation.

Dana Pratola: the Writer

I have been writing my whole life. I finished my first novel and had it published at age 47. Unable to afford a writer’s conference and in no way savvy about other avenues to publication, I prayed. I asked God to work something out for me. (Click to Tweet)

He answered that prayer immediately. The next day a friend told me about an online writer’s conference. It could only be God. FREE and I didn’t have to leave the house! I chose which publisher I wanted to have a 5-minute online pitch session with and when it was over, Nicola Martinez, from Pelican Book Group (then White Rose), requested the entire manuscript. I had a contract signed within the month. A miracle to me, considering The Covering was my first novel. (Click to Tweet)


Writing is truly all I’ve ever wanted to do, except for a brief period I thought I might want to be an oceanographer. I’m not the best swimmer, so that’s out :/ Since my initial publication, I’ve written two other books with Pelican: Voice of Truth and The Mayweather Christmas Quest. 

Dana Pratola’s Future Plans

As for future plans, I know there is much more to come. I’m just going to keep working and see what God has in store. His plans are so much grander and eternal than anything I can imagine. (Click to Tweet)

I receive emails about how God has touched people through some of these books. Love that. I desire to continue to be an avenue for God to reach not only His children, but the lost as well, why I don’t prefer the term Christian Author. It tends to scare away the people I most want to reach, lol. He has a plan for each of us, and I’m trying to stay open to that.

I indie published several books. And I write under a pen name, as well. But that’s another interview for another day. 

Where to Find Dana Pratola and her Books


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Lord, You are the Author of Eternity, the Author of Life, the Author of Families, and the Author of Authors. Dana claims You as her inspiration, the source of her desire to write, and the master planner of her life. We pray You’ll smile on Dana as she writes words to draw Your people closer and to woo unbelieving readers to You.
~ For Jesus’ sake





















15 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Dana Pratola

  1. Marilyn R

    Hi Dana. You are a new author to me. I appreciate clean heartfelt stories by Christian authors with God’s love interwoven into the story. Thank you for sharing your life and testimony. Linda, thank you for introducing this reader to another new author.

    1. Dana

      Thanks, Marilyn 😀

    2. It’s a treat to meet new authors like Dana, isn’t it? And a privilege to introduce you to them, Marilyn.

  2. Shelly

    I loved your Descended series for the humor as well as the Devotion to God.

    1. Thanks so much, Shelly! I try to sprinkle as much humor as I can in my books, just like in my real life 😀

    2. Thanks so much for joining in, Shelly. You’re entered in the drawing! I hope you’ll return. You’re an encouragement.

  3. Debra Duncan

    Dana, thank you for sharing some of your story with us! It is so geartwarming to meet an author who loves God, believes in His plan for us and has such compassion for all mankind. You are a new author for me, but i look forward to reading your stories. I love that you dont want to be labeled . I also think we scare people who may have been hurt before by “christians” off by this label. With all the smut in life, its encouraging to find clean, wholesome stories . I pray God continues to work through you, reaching anyone who may need His Love. God Bless!!

    1. Thanks, Debra! God is so Awesome, and showing that through my work is the best way I can show that <3

    2. I so agree with you, Debra! Please visit again. You’ve encouraged Dana and me!

  4. Wilma Bates

    May God bless you and your family and I hope you continue to give us your wonderful stories.

    1. Thanks, Wilma! I’m working hard to do just that 🙂

    2. Thanks for joining the conversation, Wilma. You encourage Dana and me. I hope you’ll return.

  5. Susan Snodgrass

    I’ve never read this author but would love to win a book and give her a try.

    1. So happy to have introduced you to Dana, Susan. Thank you fir joining our circle. You’re entered!

    2. Good luck, Susan!!


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