Creative Spark: Melissa Crandall on ‘Three on a Match’ (Q&A)

TODAY IS THE BIG DAY! THREE ON A MATCH – which contains my novella, “Splendid Chyna,” gets released! Here’s an interview with one of the writers, Melissa Crandall! Stay tuned for more!


Today, I have the pleasure and privilege of sharing virtual space with Melissa Crandall.

Melissa is a contributor, most recently, to Three on a Match (Books & Boos Press)—the second title in the publisher’s “Terror Project,” following Triplicity (2016). A Pushcart-nominated author, she writes narrative nonfiction and speculative fiction, and recently sold a short story–“The Last Zookeeper”– to The Wild Musette. Her book, The Man Who Loved Elephants: 30 Years at Oregon’s Washington Park Zoo, is currently being shopped to publishers by agent Bonnie Solow. Melissa’s work has appeared in Tricks and Treats: A Collection of Spooky Stories by Connecticut AuthorsChicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Forgiveness, and Allegory, and has been featured on The Drunken Odyssey; she made her professional literary debut with media tie-in novels for Star Trek, Quantum Leap, and Earth 2. A member of The Authors Guild, Melissa…

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About kristipetersenschoonover

A ghost story writer who still sleeps with the lights on, Kristi Petersen Schoonover’s fiction has appeared in many magazines and anthologies; her traditionally published books include a short story collection, THE SHADOWS BEHIND. She was the recipient of three Norman Mailer Writers Colony Residencies and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. She serves as co-host of the DARK DISCUSSIONS podcast, as founding editor of the dark literary journal 34 ORCHARD, and is a member of both the New England Horror Writers and the Horror Writers Association. Follow her adventures at

Posted on September 5, 2017, in News. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Congrats, Kristi, Is the book out now in print? Will it be in bookstores?

    • Yes, you can order it through bookstores and it will be on Amazon. I’ll post the link as soon as I have it!!

    • Oh my God! Cool BEANS!! Yes, bookstores are so tough!!

      • Yeah you figure a newbie wants business, right? Also, people’s tendency to literally judge a book before opening the cover is so pervasive these days. I don’t bother with traditional publishers anymore after what I went through.

        When my book came out (Goddard thesis) my friends literally refused to buy it. It was like the worst arm-twisting I’ve ever done. The excuses they gave, when I look back, were beyond hilarious. Why didn’t they just come out and say, “I think you suck.”

        I do radio now, and public speaking. Both are really taking off. I don’t talk about the public speaking in my blog, but I’ve been quite successful. I didn’t go to Goddard to be a failed salesperson. People who went to Goddard are mostly cruel and insulting to me these days. I’m not the only one who has been treated badly and ended up disgusted. Who the heck are they admitting there? They don’t know me anymore. I need to disengage from that crowd.


  2. I’m friends with a bookstore owner. If you’re into traveling to x area round my way. When I say “friends” I mean occasional exchanged friendly emails and she seems to be a nice friendly person starting up a business. I tried to get a reading there but she hems and haws like just about everyone.

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