Hi Chrys! I'm so excited for your book, "Hurricane Crimes," coming out from The Wild Rose Press on November 25. Can you tell us what your inspiration was for the book?
I was reading a book about a deadly snow and ice storm, and when I finished it I thought, I live in Florida and we don’t get snow storms here, we get hurricanes. And with that thought the wonderful idea to write a story about two people stuck in a hurricane sparked in my mind. I started writing it immediately . . . on Christmas Day.
What is THE most important thing writers can do for themselves to get an agent/publisher in today's market?
I think it all comes down to research. Read book after book about publishing until it feels like the words are tattooed on your skin. Devour information from agents and editors who share what they say will get you published, and do them! Then pour yourself over books and blogs with tips that can make your manuscript shine. If a writer does all of this research, they will have a greater shot at landing an agent/publisher.
If you could have done anything differently with your writing career so far, what would it be?
Since my career is just beginning, I don’t think there is something I’d do differently at this point. The one thing I had to sacrifice though is the dream of publishing my supernatural-thriller series first, but that decision led to publishing Hurricane Crimes and I definitely would not change that for anything!
Who are your writing role models, and how have they influenced you?
My mom is definitely my biggest role model. I watched her write when I was little and I realized then that I wanted to be a writer too. When I got older, I discovered Nora Roberts. And without her even knowing it she became my mentor. Her writing made me want to aspire to be just a fraction as good as she is. I don’t know if I’m there yet, but I am working on it.
What's one fact about you that most people don't know?
Oh, there’s a lot you don’t know about me, but I’m going to keep most of it a secret. For now, anyway. One thing I can share that many people don’t know is that I have my GED, but I am a firm believer that you don’t need a special diploma to be an amazing writer.
I know people will want to check you out online. Can you give us your website links and contact information?
Of course, I love to connect with readers and writers!
Google +: www.google.com/+ChrysFey
Here's a taste of HURRICANE CRIMES with a blurb and excerpt:
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?
HURRICANE CRIMES Excerpt:
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.
She went back into the living room and began replacing all the medical supplies into the first-aid kit. Behind her, a reporter was explaining that the driver of the car was believed to be a murder suspect.
“The name of the—”
The lights flashed, prompting Beth to snatch up her flashlight.
Her fingers went cold around the plastic tube as ice frosted her veins. She straightened her spine and turned stiffly to the television, her heart wasn’t beating in her chest. On the screen was the picture of the man who was right now changing in her bedroom. Above it was a caption in bold letters that read—SUSPECT.
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!
Check it out on Amazon next week (November 25) when HURRICANE CRIMES is available in e-book format.
Good luck, Chrys--thanks for doing your big REVEAL on my blog!
Happily My Ever After,
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