ABOUT CRYSTAL

July 2017

Boston Sunday Morning Review 98.5 Sports Hub - Interview

Center for Fiction 

Long-listed for First Novel Prize

Cook the Books Club: Feast of Sorrow chosen for Dec/Jan Book to read

BookBrowse Q&A - Interview

June 2017

Elisabeth Storrs interviews Crystal King

Night Owl Reviews - Review

 "Ancient Rome came alive in this book and I loved every minute of it from visiting the marketplace to imagining the togas. Highly encourage readers to buy this one."

ScoutCambridge - Interview

New England Cable News - Television Interview

Weird History Podcast - Interview

Boston Globe - New England Literary News

DigBoston - Feast of Sorrow In The Flesh

Authorlink - Review

"In Feast of Sorrow, Crystal King brings the dangerous world of Ancient Rome to life with all its pleasures, pitfalls, flavors and fickleness. Sprinkled throughout with genuine recipes from the works of Apicius, this book is a treat for lovers of history – and cooking."

Novel Knight - Review

"King knows how to create a story meant to intrigue and delight." 

Romance Reviews Today - Review

"FEAST OF SORROW is an amazingly detailed, beautifully written tale of Caesar's Rome...Do not miss this excellent novel."

The Readable Feast Awards - Finalist for Culinary Writing

May 2017

Boston Globe - A novelist and a chef team up. The result: an Ancient Roman feast

Boston Magazine - Can't Miss Food Events in June - Scroll to the event: A Taste of Ancient Rome at Benedetto

Book Browse, review

"If this debut work is a taste of what King can serve up, I am hungrily looking forward to the feasts she'll cook up with next."

Blogtalk Radio, Conversations with Cyrus Webb - Radio Interview

epicurious - One of These Food Books Could Be the Next Sweetbitter

"It's an upstairs/downstairs drama meets food porn meets historical fiction" and "It’s the perfect book to tuck in your suitcase if you’re planning a trip to Italy this summer, or to inspire you to take your entertaining to the next level."

Associated Press (this link via Washington Post) - Review: Food is the true main course in ‘Feast of Sorrow’

"If true gastronomy resides at the intersection of food, art and culture, then Crystal King’s debut novel can only be described as a gastronomical delight."

Historical Novel Society - Interview: New Voices: Marc Graham, Linnea Hartsuyker, Jess Kidd & Crystal King  (membership required)

History Geek in Town - Review

"If you are looking for a dark, brilliant and carefully researched historical novel, look no further than the Feast of Sorrow."

Historical Novel Society - Review

"King shines as a food writer and guarantees that the reader will finish this book with a new knowledge of ancient cooking—and perhaps a persistent craving for roast dormice and flamingo tongue."

April 2017

HuffPost BookFilter - Review

"...a big, fat, juicy read...We think we’ve just discovered the Food Channel’s first miniseries...." 
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The Chocolate Lady's Book Reviews - Review

"If this, King's debut work, is an appetizer of King's talent, we should all hungrily await the courses she has on her forthcoming menus."

Unabridged Chick - Review  

"Everything about this book captivated me...
This was just a fabulous read -- a top ten for 2017." 

The Irregular Reader - Review

"King has a wonderful (and rare) talent for blending the historical and fictional aspects of the book together, providing needed background without sacrificing pace."

Paperback Radio - Interview 

What Cathy Read Next - Review

"Political rivalries and the jockeying for position, power and influence are played out through the medium of food at elaborate banquets featuring the choicest and most expensive ingredients. It’s a game of gastronomic one-upmanship but one with dangerous consequences."

17 Scribes - Interview

Megahan Masterson's blog - Interview

Reviewed by Mom - Review

"Truly remarkable. In addition to the outstanding setting she creates, King has woven a fantastic story of a phenomenal cast of characters who provide lots of drama over the span of the book."

The Gilmore Guide to Books - Review

"...a banquet of dishy reading that satisfies."

Boston Herald Radio - Status Report (Interview)

BookBub - 10 Great Historical Fiction Books Coming This April

March 2017

RT Book Reviews says "The Food Network meets HBO’s Rome in this exciting debut where King stirs up a tale of the first cookbook author, whose ambition led to his destruction. In this page-turning debut, King illuminates the past with vivid descriptions and colorful accounts of everyday Roman life, intrigue, politics and food. Truly a feast for readers, since every aspect of the characters and the background is viewed through food, the essence that pushes the plot forward. You don’t need to be a foodie to savor this tale of drama and betrayal."

February 2017

Kirkus Reviews calls Feast of Sorrow "addictively readable" and "the food lore is fascinating and the time period is inherently dramatic," and "aficionados of all things SPQR will eat this up."

January 2017

BookRiot - 100 Must Read Books: Food in Fiction

Booklist Feast of Sorrow Review Access here, subscription required to view. 

"Set against the political backdrop of Augustus and Tiberius Caesar’s reigns, the novel combines exotic menus with the melodrama of a Greek tragedy. King’s debut is a compelling historical drama with an appetizing center."

That's Normal - Unf! Amy Reads Harder in 2017

Library Journal Starred Review of Feast of Sorrow - Print Only 

BY CRYSTAL

July 2017

Debutante Ball - If Only I Had Known

Debutante Ball - Interview with Lindsey Davis + #DebBallGiveaway of THE THIRD NERO

Debutante Ball - New Year’s Resolution Check-in – ROCKING IT

Debutante Ball - Interview with Emily Hauser + #DebBallGiveaway of FOR THE MOST BEAUTIFUL

June 2017

Grub Writes - The Importance of Being Kind & Creative

Debutante Ball - Preparing for the Best Book Launch Ever

Debutante Ball - The Soundtrack for My Writing Life

Debutante Ball - Someone is Going to Read This

Debutante Ball - No Woman is an Island

May 2017

Grub Writes - The Month After the Book Launch

Debutante Ball - I Love Boston!

Debutante Ball - Gender Bias In the World of Writing

Debutante Ball - Vice: A Catalog

Off The Shelf - 11 Food Novels That Will Leave You Hungry

Debutante Ball - Making Money, the Author-ly Way

April 2017

Grub Writes - I'm a Published Author!

Dead Darlings -Publishing and Marketing a Book In the Time of Trump

LitHub - Historical Fiction is More Important Than Ever - 10 Writers Weigh In  

Debutante Ball - How Did I Get Here? My God!…What Have I Done?!

Debutante Ball - How Testing (and Tasting!) Recipes Shaped My Novel

Debutante Ball - The Best Kind of Editing

Off The Shelf - A Delicious Classic That Still Satisfies After 63 Years - The Art of Eating by M.F.K. Fisher

Debutante Ball - Talking to the World’s First Gourmand

March 2017

Debutante Ball - An Old Knives Tale

Grub Writes - The Month Before the Book Launch

Debutante Ball - These Are A Few of My Favorite Things

Debutante Ball - A Little Bit of Luck!

Debutante Ball - Interview with Margaret George + #DebBallGiveaway of CONFESSIONS OF YOUNG NERO

Debutante Ball - Writing Historical Fiction – My Process

Debutante Ball - I Liked My Life (And Still Do)

February 2017

Grub Writes - The Biggest Surprises About the Traditional Publishing Process

Debutante Ball - Writing Historical Fiction – My Process

Debutante Ball - I, Sejanus

Debutante Ball - Five Fictional Couples That Will Tumble Your Heart

Debutante Ball - Books That Change The World – Like CAGED EYES

January 2017

Grub Writes - Preparing for the Best Book Launch Ever

Debutante Ball - Go Placidly Amid the Noise and Haste

Debutante Ball - That Green-Eyed Witch, Invidia

Debutante Ball - 2017 is the Year of the Crystal

December 2016

Grub Writes - On the Path to Publication: Preparing for the Book Launch - Promotion & Publicity

Debutante Ball - Crystal King’s Top 10 Reads for 2016

Debutante Ball - A Happy Accident of Writing – Sto Imparando L’Italiano

We Heart Writing - The Class of 2017

Women Writers, Women['s] Books - Walk a Mile In Your Characters' Shoes

Debutante Ball - On Focusing. Or What’s That Shiny Thing?

November 2016

Debutante Ball - The Secret to Writing is Simple 

Grub Writes - On the Path to Publication: Killing All Those Darlings, or Edit, Edit, Edit

Debutante Ball - “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” ~ Cicero

Debutante Ball - The Name Game – What On Earth Should I Title This Book?

Debutante Ball - Writing is the Hardest Thing You Could Ever Choose To Do

Debutante Ball - I’m Cheating on NANOWRIMO + Writing Resources To Help You Pants or Plot

October 2016

Grub Writes - On the Path to Publication: Signing the Deal - The Steps in Traditional Publishing

Debutante Ball - Interview with Kathy Sherbrooke, author of FILL THE SKY

Debutante Ball - Fear is the Mother of Foresight, or OMG I’m Going to Be Published!

Debutante Ball - Invoking the Muse

Debutante Ball - I Must Confess – True Stories of a Writer

Debutante Ball - Yes, I’m a Bookaholic, and These Are My Five Favorite Books

September 2016

Grub Writes - On the Path to Publication: Signing the Deal - The Steps in Traditional Publishing

Debutante Ball - What Makes a Literary Agent Tick?

Debutante Ball - Interview with Anjali Mitter Duva, Author of FAINT PROMISE OF RAIN

Debutante Ball - Write Here, Write Now, Write Anywhere I Want!

Debutante Ball - I Did It My Way or The Importance of the Liberal Arts

Debutante Ball - Celebrity Chefs, an Ancient Gourmand and a Set of Immortal Knives

August 2016

Grub Writes - Calling Oneself a Writer

July 2016

Grub Writes - Five Videos To Transform Your Writing

June 2016

Grub Writes - Don't Wait! The Importance of Building Your Audience Early

May 2016

Grub Writes - Self-Editing Made Easy: AutoCrit Review

March 2016

Grub Writes - What Authors Rock the Social Media World?

February 2016

Grub Writes - Five Social Networking Tips for Authors

January 2016

Grub Writes - Podcasts for Writers, Word Nerds and Book Lovers