Monday, March 23, 2020

Disaster Author Chrys Fey

Chrys Fey is here today to discuss her writing 
and her latest projects via this little interview.
Welcome, Chrys...

         1.   What was your hardest scene to write?
The hardest scene I’ve had to write is in a book that’s unpublished. It’s a battle. A very long battle, so technically it’s several scenes in one, but it was physically and mentally grueling to write.
In the Disaster Crimes series, though, the hardest scene was the tsunami scene (Tsunami Crimes) in Beth’s perspective. Not because it was difficult per se. I actually wrote it quickly. Rather that it was tough to put myself into that as the writer. I’ve had many tsunami dreams (nightmares), and I can’t swim, so my fear came out in that scene.
        2.   What makes you run screaming?
Lizards. Especially if one jumps out at me or, God forbid, on me.
         3.   You’re about to be dropped in a remote spot for a three-week survival test. Where would you go? What three tools would you take?
Hmm…the remote spot I’d chose would be one in the woods by a freshwater lake or river. I would have a tent, a fully-stocked fishing kit, and a two-burner camping stove because let’s face it, I wouldn’t be able to start a fire with sticks. Now ask me if I’d survive. Haha. Probably not. I may write about my characters surviving extraordinary things, but I’d probably cry the first night and want to go back home by dinner the next day.
    4.   What behind-the-scenes tidbit in your life would probably surprise your readers the most?
There are a few things that would probably surprise my readers that I’ll likely never share. However, I’ve shared quite a few secrets to my newsletter subscribers as well as in YouTube videos on my channel.
One behind-the-scenes tidbit I will share is that no one read Flaming Crimes (Book 4) other than my editor before it was published. I didn’t use any beta readers or critique partners, which goes against what I usually tell other writers to do (have at least 2-3 beta readers before an editor). I felt that it wasn’t necessary, that the story was right the way it was, that it was ready. (Side Note: I’m also an editor and had confidence in myself and my editor.) And that book has received the best responses from my readers, many saying it’s their favorite so far. When I submitted Frozen Crimes (Book 5), I did the same thing. No beta readers. Just my editor.
                  5. If you had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world for a year while writing a book that took place in that same setting, where would you choose?
Ireland. (I didn’t even have to think about it.)

       6.   If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Oh boy. Probably to hang in there, that things will get better, and I’ll come out stronger for it. You see, I went through a lot of hardships and pain. I suffered from depression, poverty, and disability. Many times, I felt as though I was failing miserably at everything and would never achieve my dreams. 
  1.        What does literary success look like to you?
Well, it’s definitely not how it’ll look to other writers, which is the point, right? We all have our own ideas of success. My idea of success would be having a literary agent, a book or series that is doing well, and a steady income from publishing that I can count on.
    8. Tell us about the book you’re working on now.
Currently, I am editing Frozen Crimes with my editor. After that, I will be publishing a novella for Thorn, a beloved character from the series. I also have a couple of short stories I’ll be providing for free to bring the series to a close. As for what I’m writing…well, I’m not sure I can tell you that. 😉
My latest read of Chry's was

Beth and Donovan are now happily married, and what Beth wants more than anything is a baby. Her dream of starting a family is put on hold as fires burn dangerously close and Donovan becomes a victim of sabotage.

Donovan escapes what could have been a deadly wreck. Their past enemies have been eliminated, so who is cutting brake lines and leaving bloody messages? He vows to find out, for the sake of the woman he loves and the life they're trying to build.

Amidst a criminal mind game, a fire ignites next to their home. They battle the flames and fight to keep their house safe from the blaze pressing in on all sides, but neither of them expects to confront a psychotic adversary in the middle of the inferno.
Their lives may just go up in flames...

Read My Review HERE! 

Chrys Fey is the award-winning author of Hurricane Crimes from the Disaster Crimes Series, a unique concept blending romance, crimes, and disasters. Fey also authored Write with Fey: 10 Sparks to Guide You from Idea to Publication. Catch the sparks you need to write, edit, publish, and market your book! She runs the Insecure Writer’s Support Group Book Club on Goodreads and is also an editor for Dancing Lemur Press.

Thank you Chrys!

We're all looking forward to reading
Frozen Crimes!

Readers where do you think this one will take place?

Chrys, any hints?


  1. Huge thanks.
    Books and beauty are my chosen antidote to whatever is ailing me so I am always grateful to have temptation waved in my weak-willed way. I may grump about it but I AM grateful. And often succumb.

    1. Mind you, after our summer, fire is a hot-button issue for me in every sense of the word.

    2. Same here. The fire scenes in this story are based after what I've gone through with wild fires. I came close to losing my home. Whenever I see fires on the news (and what has happened in Australia, the Amazon, California, and elsewhere, breaks my heart.

  2. That is a drawback to sharing a story with too many betas. It can get complicated trying to please every taste. Learning to trust your gut is great advice.

    And no offense to Beth and Donovan, but if they moved in next door to me, I'd move out because bad things will be coming! But they make great stories.

    1. Haha! They take no offense at all to that. They understand. Heck, they'd do the same if they were you. :P

  3. Lizards. Do you feel the same way about snakes?
    Me in a tent in the wild would not make it past the first night.

    1. I don't freak out toward snakes as much as lizards, but still...keep snakes away from me. lol

  4. We ever meet in person, I am teaching you how to swim.

    1. Oh boy. LOL! I can swim under water pretty decently but not above water.

  5. Thank you so much, Yolanda for having me on your blog today! And for your review. The last line "Did someone say blizzard?" made me chuckle.

    Stay safe and healthy!

    1. LOL, thanks so much, Chrys! It's been a crazy week and I've no doubt that it's going to get crazier. I'm so glad you could stop by this week, and I wish you all success with your next venture. Blizzard - ah ha! :)

  6. Cool that you can now write and submit to your editor without having beta readers. We all need to find what works for us.

  7. Congratulations on your upcoming release. It's always fun to learn background on an author. Ireland sounds like an ideal place to go and write.

  8. Hi Chrys and Renee - thanks for this ... I always find your 'tellings' about your publishing life fascinating to read - and understand and know you've had to come through a great deal - and admire you for that. Good luck with all that's going on - and of course take care - cheers Hilary

  9. Lovely to see Chrys here. Well, there's a cafe or two in Brisbane near the library where lizards have right of way amongst the coffee drinkers. Much photographed by Asian clients. Love 'em.

  10. Fun interview, ladies. I've enjoyed all of Chrys' other books, so I'm sure I'll enjoy the frozen one, too. One thing I've learned here is we're not likely to ever see Chrys appear on "Naked and Afraid." HA!


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