Crystal Holly is an illustrator and a freelance writer of essays, short stories and novels. Native to and still residing in the Baltimore area, she is a recent graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a B.A. in English literature. Currently, she has memberships with the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, the Maryland Writer's Association and The Writer's Center. She is working on several short stories and researching for a novel length fantasy work. Her work is influenced by mythology, fairy tales as well as authors such as Mark Twain and Edwidge Danticat.