Crystal King



Crystal King


Boston, MA, USA


Fiction, Historical Fiction

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I am a novelist, editor, professor, social media professional, and critical & creative thinker. My work as a writer is the thread that ties my broad experience together.
My debut novel, FEAST OF SORROW, is about Marcus Gavius Apicius, the man whose name is on the world’s oldest known cookbook. It was published by Touchstone Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, on April 25, 2017. My work is represented by Amaryah Orenstein at GO Literary.
My second novel, THE CHEF’S SECRET, will be published February 12, 2019. It’s a story about a famous Italian Renaissance chef, Bartolomeo Scappi, who was the cuoco segreto (private cook) to several Popes.
I have taught writing, creativity and social media at UMass BostonBoston UniversityMass College of Art, and Harvard Extension School. I often teach classes on social media for authors at Grub Street, one of the most amazing writing communities in the country.
My husband, my shining star, is a French-Acadian/Italian who is a fantastic chef and visual artist. My kitties, Nero and Merlin, supply us with enough white fur to make ourselves winter coats each year. Kidding on that last fact, but technically, it could be true.
I also work in the world of social media, marketing, and community management. Note that the statements included here on this site do not reflect the opinions or attitudes of any of my employers.


Feast of Sorrow

Long-listed for the 2017 Center for Fiction’s First Novel Award
Short-listed for the 2017 Readable Feast Food Writing, Third place in People’s Nomination
Chaucer Book Awards 2017 First in Category for Pre-1750 Historical Fiction 

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Feast of Sorrow


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The Chef’s Secret

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