Crystal King is the author of The Chef’s Secret and Feast of Sorrow, which was longlisted for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. She is an author, culinary enthusiast, and marketing expert. Her writing is fueled by a love of history and a passion for the food, language, and culture of Italy. She has taught classes in writing, creativity, and social media at several universities including Harvard Extension School and Boston University, as well as at GrubStreet, one of the leading creative writing centers in the US. A Pushcart Prize–nominated poet and former co-editor of the online literary arts journal Plum Ruby Review, Crystal received her MA in critical and creative thinking from UMass Boston, where she developed a series of exercises and writing prompts to help fiction writers in medias res. She resides in Boston.
Awards and Recognition
- Center for Fiction First Novel Prize - longlisted for FEAST OF SORROW
- 2017 CHAUCER Book Awards First in Category Winner for pre-1750s Historical Fiction Novels for FEAST OF SORROW
Press and Media Mentions
- LA Review of Books - Longing for Italy, La Bella Paese: A Conversation Between Crystal King and Stephanie Storey
- Literary Hub - Why We Hunger for Novels About Food: Eleven Writers of 'Food Fiction' Weigh In
- BookBub - 30 of the Best Historical Fiction Novels Coming in 2019
- NPR, The Salt - "What Did Ancient Romans Eat? New Novel Serves Up Meals And Intrigue"
- AP -Food is the true main course in 'Feast of Sorrow'
- Boston Globe - Savory mysteries set in historical Rome