About Me

Welcome to my bio page! I thought I should put up an actual bio page and not the dinky profile that Blogger provides, and that I can't seem to really do anything about. I write under my full name Crysta K. Coburn. If I ever use a pen name, I will be sure to come back and let you know.

I wrote my first novel with a coauthor before I was fifteen. (It has never been published.) My first short story was published when I was sixteen and a junior in high school. I received my degree in creative writing from Western Michigan University. While attending WMU, I was awarded the undergraduate fiction award for "Skinship," a short story based on my study abroad experience in Japan. That same story went on to win Editor's Choice for creative nonfiction by the editors of GlassFire Magazine and was included in the GlassFire Anthology.

For a while, I was a regular contributor of both fiction and poetry to Paperlinks.org. One of my short-shorts, "Spider Crawling," was published in the debut issue of Mad Rush, and "The Waiting Future" was included in the steampunk erotica anthology Valves & Vixens. My latest publications are a short story called "Heaven Ain't Close" in Cosmic Encounters: Erotic Science Fiction Stories and another story in the newly released Valves & Vixens Volume Two entitled "Night Flight."

I currently write for the Crazy Wisdom Community Journal while pursuing my own projects.

Current projects include a gothic romance novella, a steampunk romance novel, a modern vampire novel, numerous short stories, and a couple of gay youth novels on the back burner. I am in the process of revising two novels and writing another in addition to submitting short stories for publication.

June 27th, 2014: One of my stories was just published in the steampunk erotica anthology Valves & Vixens. (You can also find it - and me! - on Amazon.) Currently available is the eBook. The print version will be out shortly. I will be sure to let you know when it's out both here and on the blog!

August 6th, 2014: Valves & Vixens is now out in paperback. Check it out! Only US$10.99.

February 10th, 2015: I have been somewhat remiss in updating this page. Expect to find another short story of mine in the upcoming anthology Cosmic Encounters: erotic science fiction stories. All I will say about the story is that it is "lesbian scifi erotica." Who says scifi can't be sexy?

March 20th, 2015: Cosmic Encounters is out in eBook (Kindle) and paperback! Both Valves & Vixens and Cosmic Encounters can also be found on the shelves at the Crazy Wisdom Bookshop and Tearoom in Ann Arbor, Michigan. If you catch me there, I will sign them for you!

August 3rd, 2015: Valves & Vixens Volume Two is out in eBook and paperback!

June 19th, 2016: If you haven't been following my regular columns in the Crazy Wisdom Community Journal, you should be! I have two, Crysta Goes Visiting and Great Tastes in Local Food. You can also catch me and my fiance at Motor City Steam Con this July. Buy one of our books and we'll sign them for you!

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