I forced my sister to take this picture because I was having a good hair day.
Crystal Smith is a writer, photographer, and artist who developed an early love of storytelling in a family of voracious readers. She resides in Utah with her high school sweetheart husband and two lively sons. When she isn’t writing or creating, she can be found re-watching Jane Eyre or reading ghost stories with all the lights on.
Crystal Smith is a writer and artist who developed an early love of fantasy and fairy tales in a house full of sisters (six to be exact, plus one lonely brother) that continues despite her dad’s efforts to win her over to science fiction with readings of Ender’s Game and marathoning videotaped episodes of Star Trek: the Next Generation.
Though born and raised in Utah, she spent grades 4 through 8 living in Napoleon Dynamite’s hometown of Preston, Idaho, in fiberglass dome building purchased by an eccentric grandfather. It was in Preston, at age ten, that she had her first story published: a one-page story of a prince rescuing a princess from a monster, printed in a local anthology. It was at that point she realized how much she wanted to publish again—only the next time, it would be the princess rescuing everybody.
After moving back to Utah, she met her high school sweetheart in her sophomore English class; they married in 2005 and now have two sons. She’s convinced that one is a middle-aged British gentleman in an 10-year-old's body, and that the 7-year-old probably belongs in the jungle.
After attending Weber State University on an art scholarship, she discovered she wasn’t well suited to modern art and threw herself wholeheartedly into wedding photography. As an unabashed love story enthusiast, capturing connection and chemistry is what moves her to writing and art.