What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?

My name is Chandra Trulove Fry

Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?

I consider myself a multi-genre author. My debut novel that is coming out is considered Teen-Lit. Other genres that I have or am writing are Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Paranormal, Contemporary Romance, Horror, Dystopian, and Children’s books.

Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?

My new release “Trials of the Heart” is Teen-Lit. I have always been told that I should write my life story and had always wanted to do so. There are a lot of ‘sensitive’ bits in the story that could stir up some stuff for others involved. So, I took my life story and brought it to life through Devon. It was not easy to write this story. There were a lot of bits in my past that I did not want to relive. I think that is why it became a novella rather than a full on novel. It is my hope that my novella will reach the hearts of many and give them hope.



How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?

This is not a genre that I am particularly interested in. It is simply what genre it became. There will be a book two called “Strength of the Heart”. It will start up shortly after book one ended. I think it will be much easier to write since it is fresher in my mind and though there are a lot of difficult bits, there is also a lot of good bits too.

What kind of research did you do for this book?

There was really no research needed other than delving back into my mind and having to ‘re-live’ the moments as best I could.

What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?

My work days are inconsistant mostly because I am not a consistant person. I often find myself striving to find the balance between my ‘work’ and my family. It is not easy to find the time to write with little kids. I usually do most of my writing while everyone is in bed, that way I have a completely quiet atmosphere to be able focus in. The downside is that I am often too tired to think straight. Somehow I manage to write despite the difficulties. You will usually find me lounging on my couch with my laptop on my lap and me typing away furiously.


Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?

I have about five different anthologies that I am currently writing stories for. My story “Psychosis” will be in the Stories from Beyond anthology. My story, “Tainted Heart” will be in the Love Sucks Anthology. My story “Mastermind” will be in the Love is a Myth anthology. The other two anthologies are still in the works.


The next novella that I am currently writing is called “Maid of Virtue”. It is a contemorary romance. I hope to have it released sometime in January.

How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?

For the most part I just think of character names that I feel will flow well in my story. Every so often I will look up names and their meanings if it pertains to the story itself.

Where do your ideas come from?

I get most of my ideas from reading. I am an ecclectic reader, so I wind up with a plethora of ideas from many different genres. My husband is another source. Often times we will get into ‘what if’ discussions and thus a story is born.

What is the hardest part of writing for you?

The hardest part of writing for me is finding the right time and place. I spend a lot of time on my couch. I am considering rethinking my set up though, since I tend to find myself getting way too comfortable and want to nap a good portion of the time. Hehe


What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?

I love book trailers. I have watched quite a few and think they are pretty awesome. I have not done one or had one done as of yet. If my book is a success, then I will consider having a trailer done for it. It may be a good investment.

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?

My best accomplishment is becoming a published author! It is a dream come true. I am still in awe of the fact that it’s real. I did it!

What’s the best thing about being an author?

The best thing about being an author is knowing that I am providing worlds and characters for readers to fall in love with. An author is nothing without readers.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Where do I see myself in ten years? Well, I’m hoping that I will be well off in my writing career, with a good hundred or more books out! That shouldn’t be too lofty of a goal should it?


Have you always liked to write?

I have always enjoyed writing. It is therapeutic to me. I used to handwrite constantly. Unfortunately, I deal with arthritis, so now I do all of my writing via typing.

What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?

Aspiring writers, my advice to you is… go for it! Do not let anyone discourage you or keep you from pursuing your dream of becoming an author! Only you can make it happen.

If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?

If I didn’t like writing? Hmm….I would pursue gardening. To work in a garden nursery would be a lot of fun. Nothing beats being an author though.

Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?

My book has not come out yet, so there are no reviews at this time. I will definitely read them. Not sure about response. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I want to learn from the reviews. I will do my best not to let any negative ones get me down.

What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?

As for the process, I really enjoy working with others. I have an amazing Publisher and Editors. My cover designer and formatter is great and so much fun. I am surrounded by some awesome fellow authors who help encourage me along the way.


What are you working on now?

Right now I have set aside my actual writing to focus on promoting my debut novella. I will resume writing next month. My focus will be on the other anthologies that I am working on, then my other novella. After that will be the sequel to “Trials of the Heart”, then I have a Dystopian Horror called “Zombie Whisperer” Let’s just say that I have many WIP’s.

Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?

I love to write in many different genres. If I want to write in a particular genre, then I immerse myself in that genre, by watching movies or reading books. That helps me get into the mood of the genre itself.

Where did your love of books come from?

My mother taught me how to read when I was really young. It became a passion. I loved Bunnicula and The Nancy Drew Files. Nancy Drew was my heroine. When a reading class opened up in High School, I got in there immediately. We would read a book and then write an essay. What do I do now? I read a book and leave a review. Who knew that that class would be preparing me for today? That class is where I fell in love with the world of Tolkien. I’ve been reading ever non stop ever since.


Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?

Okay, do you have time for this? Favorite authors: Ali Winters, Wendy Knight, Miranda Brock, Andy Peloquin, Rachel E. Carter, Frost Kay, Bella Emy, Stephen Lawhead, Stephen Donaldson, Roger Zelazny, Mark Lawrence, Cheryl A. Smith, and so many more!

Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?

Favorite books: The Hunted Series, The Toil and Trouble Series, The Queen of Thieves Series, The Amber Chronicles, The Falcnon and the Serpent, The Keepers Way Series, The Song of Albion Series,The Armian Feuds Series, The Black Mage Series, The Broken Empire Series, and The Thomas Covenant Series.

Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?

Needless to say I am a total Bibliophile.

Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?

I tend to create badass women who don’t put up with crap and always find romance. Every now and then I create a guy and well he gets into all sorts of trouble. Hehe My favorite character right now is Malchus. He is my main character in Zombie Whisperer. He has this odd ability to understand zombies. He’s tough in some ways but his main strength and weakness is compassion. I think most people will find him odd. Maybe some will fall in love with him. We shall see.

Where can readers go to discover more about you and your books?

I am on just about every social media you can think of. Facebook is my hub though. I am on there almost 24/7, much to my hubby’s dismay.


Does writing energize or exhaust you?

It really depends on what I write. If it’s a fun scene then it will energize me. If it is a deep emotional scene, then it can drain me.

What is your writing Kryptonite?

My Kryptonite? Being easily distracted! If there is too much going on, well then I just can’t write.

Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

I think I focus more on being original. I write what comes to mind and just let the creative juices flow. If readers like it, then awesome. If not, well no hard feelings. I know my writing won’t be for everyone.

What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?

Ali Winters and Bella Emy have been huge pillars to me. I would not be where I am now if it were not for them. There are many authors whom I have friended this year and they are all like family to me.

If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?

If I were to write a book about my life, what would the title be? “Trials of the Heart” Lol

What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?

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