Recently, Chrys took time out of her busy promotion schedule to tell us a little about 30 Seconds and her writing process.
Q: 30 Seconds is your second e-book. What did you learn from your first book that will make promoting your second book easier?
A: I know what will work and what won’t work. Promoting on Goodreads really worked with Hurricane Crimes, but submitting to Amazon forums did not because so many other authors are doing the same thing. With Goodreads, I can directly share with people who are interested in me and my writing.
Q: Your hero in 30 Seconds goes undercover in the Mob. Did you do research on the mafia while you were writing the book? I assume that didn’t involve actually going undercover yourself!
A: Luckily, I didn’t have to go undercover in a Mob, but part of me wants to believe I would’ve done a great job! (Or not. Darn!) I actually didn’t have to do much research on the mafia because Blake goes undercover before the story starts, and I didn’t write in the Mob leader’s perspective, although that would’ve been fun. Influences from movies about Mobs and gangs and criminals helped me to write the action scenes involving the Mob as well as nail down the personalities and appearances for those characters.
A: 30 Seconds is about a woman who finds herself in the middle of a war between a police-force and a dangerous Mob. Throughout the story, Dani falls in love with Blake Herro, the officer who went undercover and is the reason why the Mob is after her in the first place.
Hurricane Crimes is set during a category 5 hurricane and the hero is a murder suspect. The only bad weather that occurs in 30 Seconds is snowfall and a fun snowball fight between my characters. And although there’s a time when Dani doesn’t trust Blake, he turns out to be a true good guy.
Q: You help aspiring writers with writing tips on a variety of subjects. Do you feel like teaching helps you grow as a writer?
A: Definitely! The writing tips I share on my blog are all things I’ve learned, and my readers tend to teach me new things, too. It’s wonderful balance of being a teacher and a student.
Q: What has been the best thing so far about being published?
A: Getting to know and entertain readers is definitely the best thing. I’ve been writing since I was twelve, so finally seeing my name on a book cover, even an e-book, is also an amazing feeling.
Q: What advice do you have for other writers pursing publication?
A: Take your time! I know it’s tempting to rush so you can bask in the end result, but what you learn as you write, edit, and submit work will be invaluable. And I believe that when it’s meant to happen, it will happen.
About Chrys Fey
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!
If you're ready to buy 30 Seconds or add it to your Goodreads list, check out the links below. You can also learn a little more about Chrys by visiting her website or following her on Twitter.