Happy Thursday, everyone! It’s an exciting week here at Quanie Talks Writing! This week I unveiled the cover for my paranormal novel, The New Mrs. Collins, and today I have the honor of hosting author Chrys Fey to celebrate the release of her novella, 30 Seconds. And honey, let me tell you: this is one action-packed story! The mob. Lost memories. Forbidden love. Hunky men wearing no shirts…isn’t this the stuff that great stories are made of?
Chrys was kind enough to stop by and answer a few questions about her release and writing process. Once you’re done reading the interview, be sure to add 30 Seconds to your shelf on Goodreads!
So without further adieu!
1. Tell us how you came up with the idea for 30 Seconds.
It all started with a dream. I was dreaming that I was spinning on a swivel chair to rock music when hands stopped me and lips touched mine. I opened my eyes to see a hot officer in full uniform who said, “I shouldn’t have done that.” When I woke up, I pondered a story where a woman falls in love with a cop even though she knows she shouldn’t. Not only did that dream spark the idea for 30 Seconds, but it actually became a scene in 30 Seconds.
2. Let’s talk 30 Seconds, the movie: who will play Dani? Who’ll play Blake? And tell us why:)
This is a hard question. Not because I haven’t thought of it, but because the actor who originally inspired Blake was Paul Walker, who passed away last year. I still can’t quite believe that. During the final editing rounds, I started picturing Dani as Rachelle Lefevre from the TV show Under the Dome. She once was on a show, Gifted Hands, where she was a doctor, and I think she’d make a great Dani.
3. There’s a scene in the beginning of the story where Dani is forced to hide in an enclosed space with the oh so hunky Officer Herro. If you had to pick someone to be trapped with, who would it be and why?
I thought about this question a while and finally decided on Criss Angel. Not only is he nice on the eyes but if we got stuck, he’d be able to free us with his magic. *wink*
4. The main character is a doctor. Did you have to do much research on medical terms or did you just wing it?
I did a little research on a scene when Dani is in the ER treating a young girl who has a serious head injury. I had to know what indications there would be of brain trauma and what Dani would do to treat it. But everything else came easily to me. I always used to say that I must’ve been a doctor (as well as a cop) in a past life, because it feels natural when I’m writing about it.
5. Dani has a thing for coffee flavored ice cream. If you two had a standoff over the last bowl, who would win? And why?
Hands down…Dani! She is feisty and would certainly get dirty in the battle for the last bowl of ice cream. All she’d have to do is glare at me and I’d pass the bowl to her and give her a spoon.
6. How is 30 Seconds different from your previous book?
“Hurricane Crimes” revolved around a category five hurricane, and the hero, Donovan Goldwyn, was a suspected murderer, so there was a lot of mystery around him. But with 30 Seconds, the only form of weather my characters see is snow, and Blake Herro is a good guy from the first page to the last.
7. Do you write in other genres?
Absolutely! I could never restrain myself to just one genre. I may be publishing romantic-suspense now, but I also write supernatural-thrillers, paranormal, and I’ve even dabble in science-fiction and western.
8. How does your upbringing influence the things that you write?
My upbringing influences a lot in my stories. I don’t really have the best relationship with my dad (we just grew apart), so quite a lot of my characters have dead-beat dads or absent fathers.
9. Did you have any moments of doubt with this book? How did you push through it?
I had a lot of moments of doubt and the biggest one came close to publication. I actually took it out of the galley phase to do more editing. I’m blessed to have a wonderful, understanding editor who wanted me to be one hundred percent satisfied with the outcome. I wouldn’t have been able to push through without her support.
10. Can you tell us about your writing process?
A lot of my stories usually start with an idea that manifests as a dream. I begin writing as soon as I can and I don’t stop until I type “The End” at the bottom of the manuscript. I always wait a while (maybe two weeks) before I begin editing, which usually revolves around 4-5 rounds for me. When I can finally read my story and appreciate it like a reader would, I pass it on to a couple of beta readers. With their eye and advice, I’m then confident enough to begin the submission process.
13. Tell us about your journey to publication.
You know the Great Wall of China? Imagine walking that from beginning to end. Twice. That’s how long my journey to publication felt. I was trying to find representation for a supernatural-thriller series when I realized I would have to break into publishing another way. That’s when I sent Hurricane Crimes to The Wild Rose Press and got a contract.
That all sounds very fast and easy, but I had been querying agents for my series for about five years, and struggling to even get flash fiction published. When you’re pursing a dream, it takes forever. But when it comes true, everything happens quickly.
11. Worst piece of advice you’ve ever gotten as a writer. And the best.
This one is kind of funny. The best advice I’ve ever received was from an agent who told me to cut out passive voice. The worst advice I’ve ever received was from a beta reader who told me to cut out phrases like “was walking” and “was sitting” because it was passive voice. Why is that the worst? Because it’s not true! I explain that in this post on my blog: Passive Voice Misconception.
12. What are you working on now?
I am currently working on three projects. The first is something special for anyone who enjoys 30 Seconds. The second is the third book in my Disaster Crime series. And the third is a brand new project I was not anticipating. I’m making more head way on that one than the first two works I mentioned. I’m not even sure how to define it, but it’s about individuals with supernatural abilities and the United States government.
14. What’s something that people would be surprised to know about you?
I don’t drive. I never have, because like Dani, I am afraid of being in a car accident.
15. Any advice for aspiring writers?
I have tons of advice, which I share on my blog, but the thing I always repeat is not to pay attention to every writing rule you hear. Authors and editors created rules based off how they wrote, and what they liked, but we don’t have to follow all of them. If you hear a rule that sounds absurd then you don’t have to follow it. If you hear a rule that makes perfect sense, then by all means adapt it into your writing. But don’t ever feel pressured to follow something just because people say you should. Other than grammar rules…those you should follow!
That’s it, everyone! Be sure to check out the cover, blurb, and buy links for 30 Seconds below along with Chrys’ author bio and social media links. Until next time!
When Officer Blake Herro agreed to go undercover in the Mob, he thought he understood the risks. But he’s made mistakes and now an innocent woman has become their target. He’s determined to protect her at all costs.
The Mob’s death threat turns Dr. Dani Hart’s life upside down, but there is one danger she doesn’t anticipate. As she’s dodging bullets, she’s falling in love with Blake. With danger all around them, will she and Blake survive and have a happy ending, or will the Mob make good on their threat?
Amazon US: http://amzn.com/B00N26EU9G
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00N26EU9G
Chrys Fey is a lover of rock music just like Dani Hart in 30 Seconds. Whenever she’s writing at her desk, headphones are always emitting the sounds of her musical muses -especially that of her favorite band, 30 Seconds to Mars, the inspiration behind the title.
30 Seconds is her second eBook with The Wild Rose Press. Her debut, Hurricane Crimes, is also available on Amazon.
Discover her writing tips on her blog, and connect with her on Facebook. She loves to get to know her readers!