Welcome to fellow Rose, Chrys Fey, whose short story “Hurricane Crimes,” was released Nov. 25, 2013 by The Wild Rose Press. In mid 2014, she will be coming out with her second romantic-suspense eBook, 30 SECONDS.
She created the blog Write with Fey to offer aspiring writers advice and inspiration. She lives in Florida where she is ready to battle the next hurricane that comes her way.
You are definitely a warrior to face those battles, Chrys! Please tell us a little about the story.
After her car breaks down, Beth Kennedy is forced to stay in Florida, the target of Hurricane Sabrina. She stocks up supplies, boards up windows, and hunkers down to wait out the storm, but her plan unravels when she witnesses a car accident. Risking her life, she braves the winds to save the driver. Just when she believes they are safe, she finds out the man she saved could possibly be more dangerous than the severe weather.
Donovan Goldwyn only wanted to hide from the police, but the hurricane shoved his car into a tree. Now he's trapped with a beautiful woman while the evidence that can prove his innocence to a brutal crime is out there for anyone to find.
As Hurricane Sabrina wreaks havoc, Beth has no other choice but to trust Donovan to stay alive. But will she survive, or will she become another hurricane crime?
What drew you to this story?
The hurricane! I had just finished reading a book set during a blizzard and was disappointed because I don’t get to experience blizzards in Florida. I have, however, experienced hurricanes. I knew I had to create a story about a hurricane for other Floridians and other people who have been impacted by hurricanes.
Oh, my. After this winter, I’ll be happy to share snow and ice with you, although I admit, I haven’t faced a blizzard in years. Would you share an excerpt of “Hurricane Storms”?
Love to. Here it is.
On the television set, which was fighting to stay alive, was breaking news. She caught bits and pieces of it as she emptied the bowl of blood-tainted water and threw out the cloth. It was about a high-speed chase that had occurred about a half-hour ago. Beth shook her head. Apparently, Donovan wasn’t the only idiot driving around during a hurricane.
The lights flashed, prompting Beth to snatch up her flashlight.
She gripped the flashlight in her frozen fingers. Her heart thudded fearfully. She stared into the immobilized violet eyes through the glass.
“Oh my god,” she gasped.
She had brought a murderer into her home!
How terrifying! And I can tell everyone, it’s a great opening to a gripping story. I enjoyed it so much. Next is your book 30 SECONDS, coming this summer, right?
Yes, my second romantic-suspense, 30 SECONDS, will be coming out sometime this summer by The Wild Rose Press. 30 Seconds is about a woman who finds herself in the middle of a war between a police force and a deadly mob.
What one tip would you offer writers?
I am full of writing tips. I share many of them on my blog and try to share one a week on Facebook page, but the one writing tip I’ll offer now is this: Be open to criticism. Criticism can be hard to hear, but if an editor, agent, or beta readers scribbles a note on your query letter or in the margins of your story, pay attention to what it says because the fact that they took the time to actually jot it down for you is a big deal. I’ve greatly improved my writing by being open to criticism I’ve received.
Excellent advice. Do you have a special place you like to write?
My desk. The desk itself and where it is isn’t special, but the items on it are very special to me, such as a green power ranger my oldest nephew gave me to put on my desk, and an empty wine bottle with a letter inside it. This letter is a tradition I do every year. On New Year’s Eve, I create a list of goals and things I hope will happen for the New Year. It’s always fun to take it out during the last minutes of the year and see what I’ve accomplished.
Thanks so much for being here today, Chrys, and best of luck with this and your upcoming release. I hope you’ll come back again.
Thank you, Barbara! And you can count on me returning. :)
You can find Chrys at:
Google +: www.google.com/+ChrysFey
Amazon US: http://amzn.com/B00GVK921G
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00GVK921G
Amazon Canada: http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00GVK921G/