When darkness creeps in, sometimes finding an anchor is the only way to survive.
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?
What inspired you to write the Dark Road series?
I went through a lot as a teenager. Not just the normal insecurities, but depression, reckless behavior and a suicide attempt. It wasn’t until I was much older that I really dealt with any of that. Therapy made me really look into how things have changed over the years. Sadly, the only thing that has changed is that rape, drug addiction, suicide, and so on are just more prevalent. And they’re just as taboo as they once were. Although we’ve gotten better, we’re not where I wish we were as a society. I believe it’s because these topics aren’t talked about. That’s what inspired me to write this series. Not only do I hope that if someone who has been through anything similar to what happens in these books will find comfort knowing that they aren’t alone, but that for people who haven’t experienced these things…it gives them understanding. It starts conversations, gets people talking. Because with conversation comes change and that is what we need as a society.
As a reader, these books drug me through an emotional roller coaster. Is there any point in the books that you found incredibly hard to write? Did you ever need to set the books aside for a bit to clear your mind?
Yes. “Damaged” is the one that got the most emotional for me. When I wrote that, I used my past with suicide, my own emotions, to elicit the most out of Bella. It became extremely personal, and I had to set it aside several times, especially after I finished it. This is actually why I write other genres.
Were any characters difficult for you to write? Were any easy?
While I’d like to think Bella was easy since I based some parts of her on myself, I think Heather has actually been the easiest. Her book is next and she’s already talking to me. Aurora was probably the most difficult. I say this because she still hasn’t fully opened up to me and there were things in her book that I don’t feel came through, but at the same time did.
How much control of the story did you have personally? How much was vastly impacted by your characters?
I feel like I should say, see above. I have no control over the story. It’s fully controlled by the characters. Their personalities, their actions, and what they decide they will or won’t do. They just like to make me think I’m in control by telling me what should happen. For the most part, they stick to that. Occasionally they throw me for a loop and put something in that I didn’t expect. I’d tell you about something in Burned, but then I’d give things away.
How long did it take you to write each book in the series?
Addicted took the least amount of time: 6 weeks. Then it went through several revisions to become what it is today. Burned took the longest for various reasons: nearly two years.
What can we expect in the future with this series?
I can already tell you that Twisted, the next book in the series, is going to be darker and rawer than the last four combined. It’ll showcase things that you may or may not have realized occurred in the first book and take a deep-dive into Heather’s past. Honestly, I think it’ll set the precedent for future books. Or at least the two that follow Twisted. Right now, I don’t know where the series will go beyond that. Though I can say, there are four high schools in Rescate County. They each have their own stories.
Tell me about Brigit Rosé. What books do you write under this name? Can we expect more books under this name in the future?
Romance. Lots of love and smut. Currently, I have two series under this name. Love’s Worth, which I have two more books planned to close the series out. At least currently, that could change in the future. And then I have my Fairytale Retelling Series, which I have several books planned for in that. There is another book that is planned as a standalone, but could change into a series.
I’d love to hear more about the The Guardhian Series. What are your plans for this series in the future?
This actually started as characters I created for online White Wolf. Everything that you read is all part of Niamh’s past. I have a total of ten books planned for this series, which will introduce readers to different parts of the world. And as there is three years between the first two books, I’ll be posting short stories exclusive to my Patreon that cover that timespan.
I know you’re working on a series with a few other authors called the Prisma Isle series. Can you tell me more about this series? What can we look for in the future with this series?
Prisma Isle follows the lives of various species. The isle was created as a safe space for species like fae, shape shifters, dragon shifters, sirens and more where no humans existed. We now have young, inexperienced characters trying to figure things out through all the mayhem they’re now facing as they find love and their place in the world.
I can tell you this is an ongoing series with multiple characters searching for their HEA. And lots of mayhem in the process. We have years of ideas already, so I’m not seeing an end at all in the near future. We’ve also got two spin-off series planned as well: The Atlis Chronicles and The Scarlet Sanctum Chronicles. We’re hoping to release the first book in each of these series next year.
How did you meet the authors that you’re working with? Can you tell me a little bit about each author?
All three of us were originally part of a larger group working together on a project. Livi and I had talked about writing a prequel to that series with our characters (Thalasia and Aurelia) being best friends. Some things happened in that group and before we got the prequel out, we decided to leave that project and start our own series. When it came down to things, it ended up being myself, Livi, and Nikki.
Livi has a love of all things dragon-related. As well as coming up with great character lines. We’ve turned ‘peacock’ into a running joke that we’ll never get tired of putting out there. She lives in Virginia, has a big heart, and is very much a selfless nurturer.
Nikki is a mother of three living in Indiana and I think she’s the glue that holds us together. She’s extremely creative, even more so than I am. She’s always ready with an ear whenever it’s needed. Oh, and she’s telepathic, but don’t tell anyone that. Okay, I’m kidding. Sort of. She and I have a rather interesting mind-meld thing going on when it comes to our characters. It’s something she shares with Livi too. Hmm, maybe she is telepathic.
The three of us have become good friends over the last two years. We whole-heartedly support one another in any way we can. I’m blessed to have both of them in my life.
About The Author:
Krys Fenner, also known as Brigit Rosé—like the wine, not the flower, has been infinitely passionate about writing and creating fantastical worlds since high school. Having already published over ten books, she avidly works on multiple series from social issues to paranormal romance. While she loves everything she writes, she’s genuinely excited about her new Fae Academy series, the next books in the Dark Road Series, and the two series she’ll be co-authoring as part of the next phase in her career. Krys received an Associate of Arts in Psychology, a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing, and is currently working on a Master’s degree. When she isn’t writing, she’s reading, baking, hanging out with her family, or spending time with her three fur babies, Bones, Luna, and Lola. To learn more about Krys Fenner and her upcoming book releases, visit her official website: https://kbfennerrose.com.