Author Spotlight: Krys Fenner

This week’s author is Krys Fenner. I met her a few years ago at a convention. I know. There’s a trend here with meeting authors at this convention. This is one of my favorites. I will forever be grateful that I met her and discovered her books. She quickly became one of my favorite authors of all time. Her books can be rather dark, but I love them. Her dark road series has helped me heal many unhealed wounds. I will always recommend them.

Her Books (Click book photos to buy):

When darkness creeps into Bella’s life, finding an anchor in Jeremiah is her only hope of survival.

Sixteen-year-old Bella Kynaston has been the victim of a brutal rape, by someone she can only describe as ‘the scar-faced man.’ With little recollection of what happened, she must somehow rebuild her life. Being the person she once was, proves more difficult than she imagined.

To complicate matters, Bella has just met Jeremiah Detrone, the new guy in school. He’s attractive, funny, and smart. All things she’s ever wanted in a boyfriend. Too bad she’s conflicted over so many unexpected emotions. Without realizing it, she falls down a rabbit hole and begins walking a dangerous line between addiction and self-preservation.

As Bella works together with the police to bring her attackers to justice, will she be able to see it through to the end? And even if she does, will it only bring her more pain and misery? Or will she find an anchor in Jeremiah and figure out how to move forward?

For Niamh, discovering her powers is only half the battle; saving her family is the other.

Niamh has always known she was a little different. Perhaps not as unique as her brother, but definitely not normal. Before she understands what’s happening, she begins seeing things she has never seen before and speaking with creatures she always assumed were regular house pets. Just as her powers are awakening, her parents find themselves in trouble. With only her catalync as a guide, can she learn how to use her newfound abilities to save her parents from the darkness trying to steal them away? Or is she doomed to fail and lose them forever?

More than one force threatens to pull them each apart.

Life is perfect. Not only has Logan officially mated Ambrosia, but for the first time in eighteen years, he has most of his family back. He couldn’t be happier. Until he discovers Ambrosia has been keeping a secret, putting a new strain on their relationship.

Pierce didn’t think he’d get his happy-ever-after with Jocasta. Just when it seems they’ve gotten over the horizon and their new life together has begun, the last thing either of them expected comes their way.

Although it wasn’t the perfect arrangement, Gavin and Parthenia worked within the confinements of their villages to spend time together. Then everything implodes, and they suddenly find the precautions they’ve taken have proven ineffective.

As if their new emotional struggles weren’t enough, each male is hunted more than ever before. Can they each find tranquility through the chaos?

Love outside their own species, even their own form, has always been outlawed.  One look and each of these three male shape shifters was smitten. They will do whatever it takes to be with the females they’ve met. Even if it means sneaking around in the hopes that their relationships are never discovered.

Falling in love was the furthest thing from their minds, each for their own reason. Never mind the fact that the males who caught their attention are shape shifters, which created a whole other set of complications. But a strong female never backs down from a challenge, even if it is a bit reckless.

In the end, will these couples risk it all for love? Or will the forces against them prove to be too much?

When the trumpets of destiny are blown, two young heroines must summon the strength to turn the tides of fate.

Aurelia, the newly risen Matriarch of the dragon-shifters, struggles to adjust to her role. Lost in a sea of political drivel and centuries-old bickering between the draconic houses, she’d do anything to satiate her thirst for adventure. Even at the risk of her own life.

An oddity amongst sirens, Thalasia has spent most of her life on the run. Following the promise of her latest vision, she finds herself in a new realm. She’ll do whatever it takes to call this place home, even walk beside a dragon-shifter she isn’t certain she can trust. The two soon discover Thalasia’s arrival disrupted the magical barrier between Prisma Isle and Candescent Isle. They must set aside their differences and rely on each other to repair the barrier before the two realms collide and war is waged. In the end, it may prove more than they can handle alone.

About Krys Fenner:

Krys Fenner, also known as Brigit Rosé—like the wine, not the flower, has been infinitely passionate about writing and helping people for as long as she can remember. Having already published fourteen books, she avidly works on multiple series from social issues to paranormal romance. While she loves everything she writes, she’s truly excited for the two series she’ll be co-authoring over the coming year. Krys received an Associate of Arts in Psychology, a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and is nearly finished with a Master’s degree in Creative Writing. When she isn’t writing, she’s crafting and making a mess of the dining room table, reading, baking, or spending time with her three fur babies, Bones, Luna and Lola.

Interview With Krys Fenner:

Tell us about the books you’ve published so far. Can you tell us about some of your upcoming novels?

To date I’ve published 14 books, either under Krys Fenner or Brigit Rosé, in various genres ranging from YA to fantasy romance. The majority of my stories have some kind of romantic undertone regardless of the primary genre. Those that are romance in the forefront, I generally publish under Brigit Rosé. There has recently been one exception to this and that’s Prisma Isle. When I began working on that series with two co-authors, I never intended for my part of the story to be romanticized in any way. The characters had other ideas.

Unfortunately, with all the time I dedicated to Prisma Isle, a lot of my other series got pushed to the side. That’s something I plan to rectify over the coming year. I have about five to six books I’m hoping, crossing my fingers, to get out by next December.

I began by going to back to the series I started my writing career with—Dark Road. As much as I love the other works I’ve written, this will always be my first love. It is labeled as YA, but due to the nature of the content, I don’t generally recommend it for teenagers under age sixteen. If someone younger does pick it up, I forewarn parents I don’t pull punches. I say this because I want them to be prepared for the possibility their child may have questions. I’m picking up with book 5 in the series as I work through some kinks in book 4. When I initially planned things out for this series, what is ‘now’ going to be Book 5, Twisted, was intended to occur later on in the series. Like I said, the characters have other ideas.

Now, Twisted, is actually going to be a story that occurs simultaneously as Burned (book 4). This isn’t something I’ve done in the series before. Typically, the following book either picks up where the last one left off or a set period of time after. However, I didn’t want what happens in Heather’s story to take away from what happens in David’s story. If things work out the way I hope, then I’ll also be able to get book 6, Betrayed, published as well. That part is still up in the air as there are other series, I want to release the next book in too.

For example, I’ll be going back to the Guardhian Series and working on book 3, Inherited. If you recently attended Literary Love Savannah and picked up the Young Adult anthology, the short story I have in there gives you a glimpse into that realm. You’ll meet the main character, a kitsune named Nira. She gets to address some trouble caused by Thalasia, a siren, who travels between realms. Everything in that story occurs four years before Prisma Isle takes place, which is where you learn the most about Thalasia. That short story isn’t the only time Nira and Thalasia cross paths.

Those novels aren’t the only thing I’m intending to get out next year. I’ll also be working on book 2 in my Fairytale Retelling Series, Through the Looking Glass; book 3 in my Love’s Worth Series, ReUnited; the prequel to The Atlis Chronicles, Hunted, which will be an expansion on the aforementioned short story; and the next two books in the Prisma Isle series. I have a lot of writing ahead of me. I guess it’s a good thing I’m practically a hermit.

What was the moment you knew you wanted to be an author?

This is a bit of a two-fold answer. I decided in high school I wanted to be a published author. Then sometime during my junior year this changed. Instead, I had planned to become an ASL teacher, but that didn’t happen either. In fact, I barely graduated high school and didn’t attend college until four years later when I got my Associate of Arts with a major in psychology. It was during my two years in community college that I got reminded of my love for the written word. Yet, I didn’t truly find my passion for it again until around 2006. That’s when I started fleshing things out for the Dark Road Series. It became really important to me and it took me over ten years to make it what it is today, but it’s something I’m quite proud of.

What are some things you do to overcome doubts about your writing?

I have people in my life I consider my soundboard. When doubts arise, these are the people I turn to, either so I can vent or run ideas by them. Sometimes being able to talk to them about whatever problem I’m facing or my concerns helps alleviate them. Other times, I just need to take a step back from the project and work on something else. This way when I come back to it, I’m returning with fresh eyes.

Have any actual life experiences reflected in your writing?

Yes. It’s one of the reasons my Dark Road Series is so important to me. Some of what occurs in the first three books is based on my own life experiences. In the second book, Damaged, the main character, Bella, gets addicted to painkillers in an attempt to deal with her sexual assault. It really doesn’t help much with her depression, and at some point, she attempts suicide. Not only did I attempt suicide, but I was assaulted as a teenager. It wasn’t something I ever reported because I really didn’t think of it that way. All I knew was how I felt afterward—like I was always dirty. I used these experiences to help get into the emotions that Bella would be feeling, even when she truly started getting help dealing with her depression.

Who was your easiest character to write about and why? What was your hardest and why?

I’ve been trying to think of an answer for the first half of this question for days and I got nothing. None of them are easy. They are each complicated and irritating in their own way, though I do love them all… most of the time. Some days I want to chuck them in a volcano until they cooperate. Other days, I can’t get them to shut up and let me sleep. Or drive. Or take a shower in peace.

Every character I create or pops up in my head has some kind of traumatic history. Whether it’s an addiction they had to kick, some form of abuse they had to overcome, or something else entirely, something made them the way they are in their current predicament. Or you’re seeing it unfold, like with Bella in the Dark Road Series. They each have their difficulties.

As for the hardest, before Prisma Isle, it used to be Gervasio. I had a hard time getting in his head. It wasn’t until a friend suggested I interview him that I began to understand his perspective and why he believed his actions were right. After Prisma Isle, hands down, it’s Thalasia. She’s hard because she doesn’t want to give me her secrets! See above in regards to volcano. She’s one of them I wanted to throw.

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