On Wisconsin Public Radio again! Listen to “Driving Lessons”

I am back on Wisconsin Public Radio! Here, I am sharing how, when I was displaced at the beginning of the pandemic, I returned to my hometown of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, only to have to learn how to drive their dang roundabouts. Join me in this heartwarming, three-minute story about how the pandemic brought a mother and daughter closer together.

And WPR put me on their landing page! Can you find me?

2020: Crystal is taking a break from author visits

Friends: Crystal is going to be taking a break from being on the road for 2020. Even the earth needs fallow seasons to rejuvenate, and so does Crystal. Feel free to contact her for events and her availability in 2021. Here is to nurturing the creative spirit!

Another listing in a mental health roundup, this time in Canada!

Toronto Public Library chose ALL THAT I CAN FIX for a roundup for mental health books. Huzzah, my Canadian friends! And, of course, lots of other terrific books on an important topic, too. The reviewer said:

“I liked [how this book shows]…how one person’s mental health affects others. A central teen character is holding things together while a parent is struggling with poor mental health. The teens’ feelings about it are pretty authentic, and this could be a great thing for other teens to be able to read, particularly if it reflects their own experience and can show them they are not alone in this.”

Mental health + zany dark humor + exotic zoo outbreak + social critique = ALL THAT I CAN FIX.

ALL THAT I CAN FIX mentioned in Bookriot’s 50-state roundup!

I like the words Bookriot uses to describe ALL THAT I CAN FIX: “Compelling”. “Strange.” “Heartwarming.”

Yup. That’s about it.

“Romney and his family are known in their small Indiana town. They’re mixed race and Romney’s father tried to kill himself. That would be enough, of course, but the story adds even more to it: there’s a zoo that’s on the loose. That’s literal. Oh, and with that comes those who want to shoot the dangerous animals and those who are advocating animal rights and gun control. Makersville is making quite a name for itself in this story that throws together many compelling and strange pieces in a heartwarming, worthwhile way.”


I’m very happy to announce that I will be an adjunct professor at Benedictine University for the spring semester of 2019.

The course: Writing Compassion
In this experiential course, students will foster the skills of deep listening and compassion to gain greater mastery over their emotions, curb knee-jerk judgments of the Other, and hold a multiplicity of worldviews; they will then give their journeys’ struggles and rewards artistic expression through the written word.Huzzah! All the ways that compassion is cultivated and transmitted in this world, through books and classes, presentations and moments that set your heart on fire.

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ALL THAT I CAN FIX is Book of the Week!

Huzzah! My book, ALL THAT I CAN FIX, is the Cooperative Children’s Book Center’s Book of the Week! Some great quotes of the review:
“This compelling, ambitious novel has just the right touch of the absurd to balance its serious themes.”
“[Ronney’s] experience as a brown-skinned teen is that people want to categorize him, and do judge him. He is an irresistible force at the center of this story, a heart that won’t be denied, caring with each beat despite every claim he makes to the contrary.”

Where is ALL THAT I CAN FIX? Book roundups

Here are some of the places that have put ALL THAT I CAN FIX on their book roundups:

Bustle: 11 New Summer Books for Your Book Club, Because It’s the Perfect Time to Read with Your Friends

Buzzfeed’s Books You Will Devour This Summer

Stacked: Mental Health Books To Read

Bustle: The New Book You Need to Read This Summer, Based on Your Favorite Childhood Classic 

Bustle: The 11 Best YA Books to Read in June

Brit and Co: Books Featuring All Types of Fathers

Young Adult Books Central: Prom Looks Inspired by Asian-American New Releases!

YA Books Central: Buzzworthy Books of Summer 2018

Kirkus Reviews: Books to Watch Out for in June

Buzzfeed has found ALL THAT I CAN FIX

Huzzah! Buzzfeed has included ALL THAT I CAN FIX on its lineup of fantastic summer books.


School Library Journal has given a starred review!

School Library Journal’s review for ALL THAT I CAN FIX:

“This quirky coming-of-age novel is full of hardships that the protagonist must endure, while still maintaining a lighthearted tone. VERDICT A strong choice for YA collections, this complex selection with a variety of relatable characters in extraordinary circumstances will win over teens.” –Caitlin Wilson, Meadowdale Library, North Chesterfield, VA