When I first started out as a writer, hoping to publish, I had no one to go to for help. I had to do it on my own, learn on my own, and fail on my own. Thinking of the countless writers out there feeling as alone as I did pushed me to start Write with Fey. My goal has always been to help aspiring writers like me find inspiration and advice.
On January 6th, 2012, I published my first blog post, Catching a Spark. The post was about finding inspiration for a story, which I called a spark.
“One day, when you’re least expecting it (that is always the moment) your eyes will widen and you’ll think “that would make a great story!” and voilà!
Now capture that spark with both hands and set it on a piece of paper to blaze."
In that post, I used a cropped image of my nephew holding up a sparkler. From that point on, "sparks" became my symbol, my logo, my inspiration. They are on my banner and my business cards.
"Sparks" became an unconscious theme for Write with Fey. I say "unconscious" because I didn't have to think about it, my posts automatically became sparks for writers.
On Write with Fey, I've shared posts to help writers write a novel from beginning to end. But, I didn't stop there, because writing doesn't stop there. I published posts about editing, publishing, and marketing. Each one...a spark. If you search my blog you'll also find advice on how to write specific events and characters such as kidnappings, torture, ghosts and angels. You can find the full list here: Writing About.
Now, I am consciously looking for sparks to share.
When I say "Write with Fey" not only do I mean to write with me, but to write with fey. What is fey? MAGIC! Writing is magical. We need to embrace that magic and infuse it into our beings, into our stories. Put your life, your world, your happiness, your sadness, your anger, your memories, your EVERYTHING into your stories. Your sweat, your blood, your tears, your hopes and dreams.
This is FEY. Use it...and write with me!
Chrys Fey is the author of the Disaster Crimes Series, a unique concept blending romance, crimes, and disasters. She’s partnered with the Insecure Writer's Support Group, running their Goodreads book club. She’s also an editor for Dancing Lemur Press.
Fey realized she wanted to write by watching her mother pursue publication. At the age of twelve, she started her first novel, which flourished into a series she later rewrote at seventeen.
Fey lives in Florida and is always on the lookout for hurricanes. She has four cats and three nephews, both keep her entertained with their antics.
LONG BIO (My Story)
Chrys Fey is the woman I become when I am writing. In other words, she's my alter ego. I step into her shoes whenever I sit down at my desk or pick up a pen. “Chrys” is a playful spelling for one of my nicknames, a spelling that I thought was elegant and mysterious. And “Fey” means “magical.” At the time when I created my writing alter ego, I was writing a series steeped in the supernatural and I wanted my name to reflect that. Since then “Fey” has become a goal, whether I write speculative genres or not. It’s a goal to treat the act of writing as magical.
When I was six years old, I became interested in writing thanks to my mom, Elaine Kaye. She would pen children’s stories at our dining room table, type them up on a typewriter, illustrate them, bind them herself, and read them to my siblings and me. Her passion gave me passion.
I started writing with the hope of publishing when I was twelve years old. I got the idea for a book when I discovered a rusted screw with a crooked tip buried in grass. My imagination soared. This was no ordinary screw. No, it was extraordinary. It was a key to an unknown world. I grabbed pen and paper and started to write. I wrote for every day after that.
Four years and three books after the discovery of that screw, I hit writer’s block. I thought I was doomed until I uncovered the reason for the block; I had grown up and my books didn’t reflect my adult mind. So, I took on the task of rewriting my series from book one, page one. This series, from writing the old version, starting over, and finishing the new version, took eleven years.
After I finished Book One, I sought publication. After I finished Book Two, I tried even harder to publish Book One. And so on. I wrote a four-book series but couldn’t get an agent or publisher. I decided the fix would be to build my resume, so I wrote poems and flash fiction and published a few online, but I wanted more. A lot more. I continued to submit unsuccessfully. During this time, I was also querying Book One with no luck.
Desperate. Depressed. That was me.
I needed to break into the publishing world another way. But how? I had nothing written except for the series that I couldn’t get representation for.
At the time, I was reading a book set during a blizzard. When I finished reading it, I realized how many winter stories I’ve read, but I had never read one about weather I knew…hurricane weather. On Christmas Day 2012, I started writing Hurricane Crimes. Once completed, I sent it to the first place on my list, The Wild Rose Press. And I got an acceptance from the senior editor of the Crimson Rose line for romantic-suspense. It was the answer to my dreams. Since then, I’ve published two short stories, three novellas, and two novels with them. I hope to publish two more novels with them to finish what I started with the Disaster Crimes Series.
Once the Disaster Crimes Series is over, I have other ideas for books I want to submit elsewhere, and I am actively seeking an agent, so my journey has just begun.
You can email me at ChrysFey(at)yahoo(dot)com
THE INSECURE WRITER'S SUPPORT GROUP BOOK CLUB:
The Insecure Writer's Support Group Book Club is for writers to read/learn about the writing craft. We will swap back and forth between craft books and fiction books that demonstrate aspects of storytelling. We will read one book every two months. There will also be polls, exclusive freebies and giveaways, and Discussion Day fun. Run by Chrys Fey, Juneta Key, and Toi Thomas.