Krystol Diggs has been writing since the age of 15. Her debut novel Through Her Eyes was the jump-start of more to come from this author, and now screenwriter, and publisher. Krystol has received her Masters degree at Full Sail University with an MFA in Creative Writing. She has written three screenplays, two short films and a host of other books in the various genres of fiction, thrillers, erotica, young adult and drama which can be found onamazon.com. She has also written for magazines such as Raw Talent Magazine and Bougie Magazine, interned at IFashion Network as a writer and now is a reporter/journalist for CNN’s Ireport section. ” What better way to tell a story then through words.” Krystol
Hannah Spivey: For those who aren’t familiar with your and your work, please divulge some details.
Krystol Diggs: My name is Krystol Diggs and I’ve been writing since I was 15. I started my journey in high school due to bullying. I would write poetry and stories about my bullies. Since then I’ve written novels, screenplays, and became a journalist.
Hannah Spivey: So, tell our readers about an average day is like for you as an author, screen writer, and editor?
Krystol Diggs: Well. I’m not an editor. But, on an average day I get up at about 10 am. I’m not a morning person at all because I’m a night owl. I check my social media, emails, write in my journal and check my calendar for what I have to do that day. Then I get to work!
Hannah Spivey: You’ve written 8 books and you’re part of several anthologies. Tell us what that experience has been like?
Krystol Diggs: This experience has been both rewarding and life changing. I have my own publishing company so I publish my own books. It’s strenuous but fun to do at the same time. Being a part of anthologies can be great as long as each author is respected in their own light. Some people don’t support anthologies if they don’t like a style of writing that an author has to give. But, I love collaborating with positive people who tell good stories.
Hannah Spivey: You said you’ve hadn’t had the great experience with your publisher. Would you have done anything differently or you have no regrets? What did you learn from the experience?
Krystol Diggs: When I had a bad experience with my first publisher it was my own fault. I was so excited about someone being interested in my work that I didn’t take the time to read the fine print or get a lawyer to look over the contract. My regret is not doing the research myself on the company, success of it’s authors and the brand of the company. I learned that everything that glitters isnt’ gold. Just because a company is interested in you doesn’t mean they have your best interest at heart as a person or a writer.
Hannah Spivey: Tell us about your latest works?
Krystol Diggs: My latest works thus far are my screenplays. I have written 3 screenplays that I’m looking to get produced or optioned. I’ve pitched them to some executives and I’m now waiting to hear back. My fingers are crossed!
Hannah Spivey: How long have you been doing what you’re currently doing?
Krystol Diggs: Well as I stated earlier I’ve been writing since I was 15. Recently I started being a journalist and a ireporter for CNN in their Ireport section. I love it. I’m able to find my own stories and news and write from my own platform.
Hannah Spivey: Who did you have the opportunity to work with in the literary industry?
Krystol Diggs: This is good question. Let’s see..Well, I don’t really like putting people on high pedestals because I believe no one deserves to be there. It puts so much pressure on you and when you don’t live up to the expectations it’s disappointing. But I have some great mentors who has done great work in the industry with their books such as Shelia M. Gross, Deatri King-Bey, Syd Field (Who I had the pleasure of talking to before he passed), Neil Gaiman, and a motivational speaker and author of whom I just met and have respect for S.Renee Smith.
Hannah Spivey: Who would you like to work with in the literary industry?
Krystol Diggs: I’d love to work with Zane and Robert Greene. These authors have power out of this world!
Hannah Spivey: What do you many people not know about you?
Krystol Diggs: Hmm, many people don’t know that I can procrastinate at time. It’s something I’m working on.
Hannah Spivey: What should expect from you in the near future?
Krystol Diggs: People should expect to see my name everywhere. Whether it be a book, screenplay, billboard, etc. At least that’s my plan for the future.
Hannah Spivey: What and who inspires you to keep going?
Krystol Diggs: My inspiration to keep going is myself. I recently interviewed TV Star Somaya Reece and we had a great conversation on the phone one day and she said, ” If you can control yourself then you can conquer anything else in the world.”
Hannah Spivey: What is the toughest thing you find about being a writer and editor? As a writer the toughest thing that I found out is that no one is going to like what you write.
Krystol Diggs: When I realized that I said to myself, ” Okay Krystol, either you can quit, or write for those that do appreciate your work.”
Hannah Spivey: Where do you see yourself in the next several years?
Krystol Diggs: I see myself being successful in many ventures.
Hannah Spivey: How can people find you and connect with you?
Krystol Diggs: My handles: