Crystal Lacey Winslow
Brooklyn-born author Crystal Lacey Winslow began to write creatively at an early age drawing inspiration from her travels and the many colorful people she encountered. The result is a unique and melodramatic storytelling technique evident in both her deeply personal spoken word/poetry book Melodrama, and in her recently released character-driven and remarkably visual novel Life, Love & Loneliness.
Following the novel’s introduction in which Crystal offers her personal take on life, love and loneliness, readers are quickly hooked by the realism of her writing. Her page-turning story of Urban America is peopled with young, sexy, strong-willed characters. Equal parts political intrigue and spicy interracial relations only add to the mix.
Crystal earned her baccalaureate degree in Legal Assistant Studies and currently works for one of the largest law firms in the country. She published Melodrama in 2000, and started her own publishing company, Melodrama Publishing, in 2001. She is intent on publishing the work of other African-American authors as well as her own future work.
Crystal Lacey Winslow earned her baccalaureate degree in Legal Assistant Studies and worked for one of the largest law firms in the country. She soon realized her passion for creative writing was undying and therefore published Melodrama, a poetry chapbook in 2000. Soon after in 2001, Ms. Winslow founded her own publishing company, Melodrama Publishing, and opened her first bookstore, Melodrama Books & Things in 2003 in Far Rockaway, NY the first bookstore in that neighborhood in over 30 years.
Ms. Winslow is as ambitious and driven as the characters of whom she so vividly writes and has successfully carved out a place for her Melodrama Publishing (MP) imprint in the literary world. She was the recipient of Black Issues Book Review’s 2004 Self-Publisher of the Year award and has rapidly grown to a small press company. Melodrama Publishing currently carries 20 titles and growing — the first having been first-time author, Kiki Swinson who penned the #1 Essence bestseller Wifey, which received a favorable mention in the New York Times as a ’blockbuster’ seller it’s sequel and Essence bestseller I’m Still Wifey and The Candy Sho0p.