MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR KRYS FENNER
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Krys Fenner, YA Fiction
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
The first book in my series is Addicted and there are a lot of parts that came together for the idea. I got part from my personal experiences, part from Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, and part from Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. I wanted to tackle rape from a before and after perspective, as well as show just how far down the rabbit hole a person could go to escape from reality.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I think my personal experiences played a major role in this. I was severely depressed as a teenager and when I was eighteen, I attempted suicide. I had made the first cut, which wasn’t very deep, when my roommate knocked on the bathroom door. After that, I turned to other outlets to make myself feel better. I got help when I was much older and thought that it would be great if there were books out there that didn’t just show the aftermath, but really got into the cornerstone of how sexual assault can change a person.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I have an Associate’s in psychology, but I wasn’t certain how a group session would work so I did a little bit of research on that. I also researched New Mexico law, plus information on the police force.
Can you tell me about your Series?
The series is called “Dark Road” because sometimes we have to take the darkest of roads to get to the light. Every book in this series is going to have some major, but dark subject it will address. The first book begins with rape and gets into drug addiction, which continues into the second and leads to suicide, while the third covers depression. The fourth book (slated to come out Fall 2019) Burned will get into gang life and domestic violence.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
Avenged is currently my favorite, but I think Burned may end up giving it a run for its money.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
Honestly, life sucks about 30% of the time, but then there’s the other 70% where its good. And I wanted to showcase that. I wanted to take the darkest of the dark and see what it would take to find the light.
Was it always meant to become a series?
Yes. I didn’t know it would take me three books to get the first full ARC out, but I’ve always intended for it to be a series. At the moment, I have six books total planned, but I know that there are more than that when it comes to “Dark Road.”
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
Okay, so I am a busy, busy bee. I have a full-time and part-time job. I’m in school part-time working on my Master’s Degree, so I write on my off days. Sometimes even after I get home from my part-time job I’ll do some writing. I don’t set word count goals, instead I set scene goals. Most of the time I write at my desk in my office with all three of my dogs curled up at my feet.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I do have a new book in the works. Currently it’s under a working title of The Sight. It’s a novella that will introduce my Urban Fantasy series.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Names are super, super important. For example, the main character in the first three books of my “Dark Road Series” is Maylin Nadalia Christabel Naughton. Now the last name is completely made up, but the other three I looked up and researched to find the perfect name. Maylin is Chinese and it means “beautiful Jade” because the character is like a beautiful and rare gem; Nadalia is Brazilian Portuguese and it means “born on Christmas day” because the character is the greatest gift any one could ask for, and Christabel is Spanish and it means “beautiful Christ follower” because the character is a follower of Christ.
Where do your ideas come from?
My brain. Well, they do, but really I look at people and I think about what is or has gone on in their life that we know absolutely nothing about. I take the thought of the glass house and I explore what’s beyond the glass.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
I’m really looking forward to diving into my Urban Fantasy. I love that it kind of pulls from so many different worlds and kind of throws them all together in one.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Sitting down and doing it. I don’t want to say it like that because I absolutely love writing, but sometimes sitting down to write when there are a million other things that require your attention can be daunting. Yet, I wouldn’t change it for the world.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I’m split on these. I like the idea of book trailers and I’ve seen some good ones, as well as ones that make me go “What?” So I’m kind of 50/50 on creating one. It might be good for the Urban Fantasy, but I don’t know that it would work well for the YA Fiction.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Getting the third book out. I was literally finishing up the final edits the night before it released. Second to that is getting into the emotional depth of the second book. I really dove into my own past for that one.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Exploring other worlds. It isn’t just the ones I read from other authors, but the ones I create. I love seeing how far my imagination can take me.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Writing three or four series full time with a couple of kids chasing the dogs in the backyard and my husband watching them nearby while I work.
Have you always liked to write?
Fiction, yes. Non-fiction, no. I created fantastical worlds when I was a kid as a way to escape my life. Or make it better. And I still enjoy writing those tall tales. Just not the papers I have to write for school…. thankfully I think I’m past the non-sense part.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Be prepared to work. This is no longer the type of industry where you do nothing but write. Now, you have to do it all.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I’d be a Commissioning Editor. I’d love to be the one who reads a book and puts a bid on it. Let me purchase books.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
Yes, I read them. 99.9% of the time I do not respond to them, good or bad. I have, at least once, shared a review that I absolutely loved! As for the bad ones … I read it, scream at my monitor for a minute or two, then I get a stiff drink.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
I know most authors will tell you editing is their least favorite part, but that’s not me. I actually like editing. Yes, I know, I’m weird. But I love reading something and then going, “Ooo.. I wrote that.” Especially if I get a kick out of the line. My least favorite part is writing the blurb. I think I’m horrible at it.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on my Urban Fantasy series. The first book in the series is a novella titled The Sight. It’s a working title as I like to keep to a pattern with titles. I just haven’t thought of something else that fits at the moment.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
The wind howled through the cables of the Rainbow Bridge. As the sun set and the lights of the bridge started to come on the madness of the city died down. Carrying people home, cars motored down the road. Beneath one end of the bridge was a large group of trees where nothing could really be seen. The trees were so bunched together that they kept the action hidden from prowling eyes, even those in the cars leaving the nearby warehouse.
A young woman with fire red hair lay sprawled out on the ground. Blood trickled from the corner of her rose colored lips and down her cream tinted chin. A very subtle groan escaped her throat as she slowly regained consciousness.
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
This will actually be the first year I’m publishing in more than one genre. And if I can keep up a pace of a book about every three months, then I’ll be okay with maintaining all the genres I’m writing in. We shall see.
Where did your love of books come from?
I honestly have no idea. Neither of my parents are prolific readers and neither write. My dad had a dream of doing it, but didn’t follow through. I can only say it comes from my extensive love of the unusual and creative.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
J.R. Ward and Janet Evanovich. Yes, I know they write VERY different genres, but I love them both. Oh! And Colleen Hoover. She is my idol. The woman started self-published, then got picked up by one of the five major publishers.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favouriteand why?
This is a toss-up. Because I love, love Niamh from my Urban Fantasy series. She’s an Irish, sarcastic red-head. Who wouldn’t love her? And then there’s Aurora from my “Dark Road” series. She’s also a sarcastic, red-head (Yeah, I know, it’s a thing) and she’s fun too. Especially when she interacts with David.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
That depends on the scene. If I’m working on a scene and I get REALLY excited about it, I get energized. If it is an emotional scene, then it can be exhausting.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Facebook or my boyfriend. They can both be a distraction.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Original. While it’s important to deliver what readers want, if you can’t keep it fresh, they will turn to someone else who can.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Shay Stone, Danica Raimz, Stephanie Ayers, Shannon Bell, C.L. Roman, E.L. Perez, Megan Grooms, K. Williams, Marie Vermisoglou, Teresa Little
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
How do you get into the mindset of your villain? –
There’s this trick that an author friend of mine taught me. I interview my villain. I figure out what his views are so I can understand how he’s right from his perspective. Then I go over that a few times before I write a scene from his point of view.
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Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️