Chrys Fey is the author of 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.
Fey realized she wanted to write by watching her mother pursue publication. At the age of twelve, she started her first novel, which flourished into a series she later rewrote at seventeen.
Fey lives in Florida and is always on the lookout for hurricanes. She has four cats and three nephews, both keep her entertained with their antics.
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LONG BIO (My Story):
Chrys Fey is the woman I become when I am writing. In other words, she’s my alter ego. I step into her shoes whenever I sit down at my desk or pick up a pen. “Chrys” is a playful spelling for one of my nicknames, a spelling that I thought was elegant and mysterious. And “Fey” means “magical.” At the time when I created my writing alter ego, I was writing a series steeped in the supernatural and I wanted my name to reflect that. Since then “Fey” has become a goal, whether I write speculative genres or not. It’s a goal to treat the act of writing as magical.
When I was six years old, I became interested in writing thanks to my mom, Elaine Kaye. She would pen children’s stories at our dining room table, type them up on a typewriter, illustrate them, bind them herself, and read them to my siblings and me. Her passion gave me passion.
I started writing with the hope of publishing when I was twelve years old. I got the idea for a book when I discovered a rusted screw with a crooked tip buried in grass. My imagination soared. This was no ordinary screw. No, it was extraordinary. It was a key to an unknown world. I grabbed pen and paper and started to write. I wrote for every day after that.
Four years and three books after the discovery of that screw, I hit writer’s block. I thought I was doomed until I uncovered the reason for the block; I had grown up and my books didn’t reflect my adult mind. So, I took on the task of rewriting my series from book one, page one. This series, from writing the old version, starting over, and finishing the new version, took eleven years.
After I finished Book One, I sought publication. After I finished Book Two, I tried even harder to publish Book One. And so on. I wrote a four-book series but couldn’t get an agent or publisher. I decided the fix would be to build my resume, so I wrote poems and flash fiction and published a few online, but I wanted more. A lot more. I continued to submit unsuccessfully. During this time, I was also querying Book One with no luck.
Desperate. Depressed. That was me.
I needed to break into the publishing world another way. But how? I had nothing written except for the series that I couldn’t get representation for.
At the time, I was reading a book set during a blizzard. When I finished reading it, I realized how many winter stories I’ve read, but I had never read one about weather I knew…hurricane weather. On Christmas Day 2012, I started writing Hurricane Crimes. Once completed, I sent it to the first place on my list, The Wild Rose Press. And I got an acceptance from the senior editor of the Crimson Rose line for romantic-suspense. It was the answer to my dreams. Since then, I’ve published two short stories, three novellas, and two novels with them. I hope to publish two more novels with them to finish what I started with the Disaster Crimes Series.
Once the Disaster Crimes Series is over, I have other ideas for books I want to submit elsewhere, and I am actively seeking an agent, so my journey has just begun.
Why Heroines of Steel?
When I was a child, I looked up to strong women – Jo from Little Women, Xena the Warrior Princess, Erin Brockovich, and so many more. I wanted to be just like them, but I was a scrawny thing, shy, and a little nerdy. I felt as far from these strong women as possible. They were lionesses, and I was Dumbo. So, when I started to write, it’s no wonder that my first character was my age but was everything I wasn’t. From then on, all of my heroines became what I wish I could be. Beth (from the Disaster Crimes Series) is a kick-ass self-defense instructor. I want to be as physically strong as her. Dani (from 30 Seconds) is smart, sexy, and has a great sense of humor. I want to be as attractive as her.
At the age of fifteen (a day after my birthday), I had spine surgery to correct scoliosis. Now, I have a steel rod screwed into my spine. Years after my surgery, I wrote a personal essay called Woman of Steel. I am a woman of steel, and because all of my characters are tough women, so are they. They are my Heroines of Steel. I can live vicariously through them, and so can my readers.