Ask Hazel

Photo of Hazel Key.

You have questions?

That’s good, cos I adore answering questions, devouring them like chocolate (which conveniently explains my choice of colour for the tab below-right, the one with the speech bubble icon). Click on that tab to chat anytime. If I’m not online now, I soon will be, so leave me a message, or contact me here.

I love delving into any aspect of character, plot, writing style, production, what goes on behind my desk, under my desk, in the dark recesses of a mind that creates these weird, wild, feisty, funny, wounded, sad, nasty, nice and even endearing characters. Ask me anything … well … within reason or course.

No questions coming to mind? Need a brain-waker? Here it is…

Photo of planet - Orion.Crystal was born at 10.03 on a clear night in 1987 in the middle of a damp paddock. She emerged face-up, looking at the stars (which reminds me of a gorgeous quote by Oscar Wilde, one of my fave heroes). But I digress.

Given the nature of her birth it’s not surprising that Crystal developed a fascination for astronomy as big as a universe. She’s also blessed with an insatiable curiosity and a love of all things beautiful. She drove her mother mad.

Crystal had her first crush at the age of five upon discovering the notion of Space and Time and the man who introduced that concept to humanity.
Her first major tantrum followed immediately, when her mother (the killjoy) insisted that no, she could not marry Einstein, and no it was not because he was already married but because the man was  dead. I mean, his ashes had been blowing about New Jersey for the past thirty-five years for Buddha’s sake, plus his brain was floating in a jar somewhere. Crystal wanted to ‘go see it’, so they could at least have a chat, but her mother, looking rather crest-fallen explained that a trip to America was really rather outside her budget.

Crystal recovered rapidly upon unearthing the Dalai Lama. But then suffered a serious relapse when, sighing heavily, her mother patiently explained that there was no chance of marrying him either.

Crystal went off men after that, deciding that rats were more … available.

So, a picture begins to emerge of a troubled soul that aches to be loved, of a love life as bumpy as a tricycle with square wheels.

Magellanic Cloud galaxyBut her passion for astronomy, her sense of awe, her reverence for all things unexplained steadied her nerves and has sustained her through the bad times, of which there have been plenty over the years. And so, appropriately I share with you images of the sky as it appeared on that night in June when she was born.

Talk soon.




    • Good question Dan. Crystal is a name that emerged in building this woman’s character and her back story – her mother was a hippie, drug addict and crystal healer who therefore chose the name. But it’s also symbolic of Crystal’s clarity, of her vision, of her expanded consciousness and awareness which is a central theme in the story. It links symbolically with her science-based theories about the healing abilities of light and in fact relates directly to her work as a neuroscientist researching addiction. So her name is a very important element in the book.

      Jake, hmmn, I think I find the name quite sexy! I see this man as very attractive, strong, direct, powerful. It seems to be all those things to me plus it’s short, easy to say, easy to remember.

      Now, I’m interested to know, would you change the names? What meaning do those names have for you?

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