Jeff Messick’s Interview with Chrissy Lessey, Pandamoon author

Posted by jamessick on February 26, 2014

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Chrissy Lessey Bio

Chrissy Lessey is an autism advocate, a coffee junkie, and an avid reader. Her writing career began nearly fifteen years ago when she penned a weekly humorous advice column for a local newspaper. Since then, she has discovered the joyous torture that is fiction writing. Her debut novel, The Coven, marks the beginning of the Crystal Coast series. She is currently working on the next installment in the series as well as other projects.

As a leader in her local autism community, Chrissy has volunteered her time organizing run/walks as well as other fundraisers and awareness events. She helped create a summer camp for children on the spectrum and has contributed in the development of social and support programs for individuals with autism and their families.

Chrissy lives on the coast of North Carolina and has mastered the art of justifying time spent on the beach. Whenever she can steal a few minutes away from her responsibilities, she can be found enjoying a good book while listening to the waves crash on the shore.

A long-time fan of rock music, Chrissy married a talented drummer. She still enjoys hearing him play drums, as long as it’s not in the house. Together, they have two energetic children and an ill-mannered dog.


Crystal Coast: The Coven

Photographer Stevie Lewis knows nothing of the magic that is prevalent in her small town. As a newly single mom, she is focused on raising her five year-old autistic son, Charlie, and running a business she shares with her best friend, Lexi. Stevie has no knowledge of her family’s 300-year-old magical legacy or the long-held secrets that haunt her hometown until Vanessa, a dark witch, returns to retrieve a powerful amulet reputed to be in Blackbeard’s recently recovered treasure.

While in town, Vanessa also plans to exact revenge on the coven responsible for rendering her mother powerless and locking her away in a mental institution. Determined to shake the coven to its core, Vanessa targets young Charlie as her first victim. When Charlie’s life is threatened, it unlocks Stevie’s dormant power and she discovers that she is a genetic witch capable of reducing the laws of physics to mere suggestions.

With help from the clandestine coven led by her own mother and a few eccentric octogenarians, Stevie works to master her newly acquired magical talent. Complicating matters further, her high school crush returns to town and she finds herself torn between beginning a new relationship with him and reuniting with her ex-husband.

Time is running short for Stevie and Charlie. Will she have enough skill to take on Vanessa and save her son and her newly found coven? Or will the dark witch Vanessa finally crush the hated coven and rise to power?




1.)    Where do you live now and how does that affect your writing style?


I live in an area of North Carolina known as the Crystal Coast. This particular region is well-known for its natural beauty as well as its colorful history. I enjoy setting my stories here and I like to include as much local flavor in my work as possible.

2. ) If aliens showed up on your doorstep, would you go with them, or  would you feed your neighbor to them and why?

This is a tough one. I like my neighbors, so I’d feel pretty rotten about feeding one of them to aliens. I’d go with the aliens, but I wouldn’t go unarmed.

3. ) What is the main point of your current work, is it the main theme for all your works and why did you choose this theme?

Crystal Coast: The Coven celebrates differences. In this story there are witches, non-witches, young people, old people, and a little boy with autism. Among them all, there is great love and respect in spite of their differences. While I consider this an important theme, my other projects focus on different issues.

4. ) Does social media help or hurt your writing and why?

I think we can all agree that social media can suck the hours right out of your day if you let it. But I do enjoy connecting with my readers on Facebook and Twitter. In fact, knowing that they are waiting for my next book helps motivate me to write more. (And that, my friends, is how a writer can justify spending time on social media.)

Thank you Chrissy!


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