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Life & Work with Cris Burl

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cris Burl.

Hi Cris, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I never imagined myself as a writer. I was always a mom first, and somewhere along the way, I lost my identity. After the birth of my second child, I was suffering from PPD. (depression) One day, my therapist asked me if I journal at all. I never thought of journaling to help with my morose thoughts. After a couple of months, I started to feel a little happier as I transferred my emotions from my heart to the paper. It was one afternoon, in a moment of weakness, I showed a friend my journal and she told me that I was hilarious, that I needed to publish my work. That is how Musings of a Deranged Mom became birthed. I now have four published books detailing the crazy adventures that I find myself in as a mother. My books aren’t about my children or about parenting. I like to call my books a how not to do in parenting.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
My writing has been anything but smooth. Most of the struggles I face is when my depression comes creeping back. When that ugly gremlin sits on my shoulder and tells me that I am not good enough and that I should quit. Sometimes I am able to push that gremlin away but he’s resilient.

Another small bump in my road is my audience. (or lack there of) I am not tech savvy at all and when I have to promote new work, or try to spread the word, I’m an epic failure in that regard. I do have a small following that visit me when I tour, and seeing their faces light up when I have new books for them makes my heart so happy.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
After a couple of years writing Musings of a Deranged Mom, I discovered that I have a muse and she can be loud. Those voices in my head would not quit yelling at me, so I expanded my writing genre. I now have two contemporary romance books that are published and a third in edits, ready to be published mid-April. I also started becoming extremely interested in writing horror stories, so I decided to dip a toe into that genre, only to find that it was my most popular book at my last signing and I sold out of my horror book, Abnormal Carnage, within minutes. I decided to not use my usual author pseudonym just in case the idea of writing horror flopped so I decided to publish under the nom de plume, EVILyn Reigns.

Do you have any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
I have so many to choose from. My dad was an epic storyteller so I suppose my gift of storytelling came from him. He used to tell me tales of his childhood and growing up on the coast in the seventies and I was captivated by his accounts. It probably sounds corny of all the memories I could choose from; new bikes, family vacations, adventures with my friends as we ruled our small town, I chose listening to my dad’s stories. I wish I could share him with the world because everyone would freeze and be enraptured from his tall tales.

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