Where do you get your inspiration?
Some of my inspiration comes from my own personal experiences. As a teenager I dealt with depression and even attempted suicide when I was nineteen. About nine years ago, I realized that these are issues that are still ongoing issues for teenagers. I thought I’d create fictional stories to help bring these issues to light and let teenagers know that if they are going through these things, they are not alone.
Can you tell me a little about each book?
The first series I started working on is my Dark Road Series. I have two others, but that one is the one I use a lot of my personal experiences to create. The first three books in the series deal with the first major story in the series. Book 1, Addicted, begins with a 16-year-old girl (Bella) who is raped and dating for the first time. As a result of the rape, she becomes addicted to drugs. It is only briefly mentioned because her habit begins in the first novel. By the second novel, Damaged, she is truly addicted and can’t go a day without her pills. Things really get tough and she winds up attempting suicide. Bella’s story wraps up in the third book, Avenged, which addresses her recovery and desire to get revenge on the man who started it all. The series will continue to address the tabooer issues teenagers deal with in a rather realistic approach.
I don’t want to get into all of my books, but the other two series take slightly different approaches.
What inspires you to write?
I have stories to tell. It’s just that simple.
Tell me about how you got started as a writer.
I’ve always been interested in creating alternate worlds. I have a creative imagination, so it started with my love for roleplaying and expanded from there. I used to write fantastical short stories in high school and then switched to my first taboo story. I took a little bit of a break for a few years and got back into it in college.
When did you first publish? How did publishing make you feel?
I published my first book in 2014, however a year later my publisher and I parted ways. After I got my rights back and reworked Addicted with a brand-new cover, I re-released it in 2017. Honestly, it wasn’t until I re-released the book with the new cover that I actually felt any type of joy. For the first time, I could imagine my book in bookstores.
What advice can you give future authors?
Don’t be afraid to take your time and find a good support team.
What was the easiest book for you to write?
This is a tough one because I can’t say that any of them were easy to write. That’s not true. My romance series, Love’s Worth, has been the easiest to write. Probably because they’re a bit lighter. After that, the second book in my Guardhian Series, Disillusioned, was the easiest to write.
What was the hardest?
Damaged, book 2 in my Dark Road Series. It was an emotional rollercoaster and it took a lot of energy to get through it because of that.
What is your biggest challenge as you’re writing?
Not getting distracted. I get easily distracted by social media. Other than that, sometimes I don’t know what’s going to happen next. In that case, I have to take a step back and come back at it later.
What do you think of promoting your work? Do you find it easy or hard?
I’m still figuring this out. I have two PAs who help me out a lot with this. Though, I have figured out that you can’t just depend on social media for promotion. You also have to attend local signings if you expect to get anywhere in this business. I think the hardest part of this is that a lot of authors are natural introverts and we have to actually put ourselves out there and socialize with people.
How would you describe your writing style to people who have never read your work?
I have a very realistic approach to writing. I do write in third person, but I like giving multiple points of view so the reader is in more than one head and gets the bigger picture.
Have you ever participated in Nano? If so, did you make the goal?
I did participate in Nano this past year and I didn’t make my goal. I had a lot going on, but it hasn’t stopped me from completing four books since then. It also won’t prevent me from participating in Nano in future years.
How supportive is your family of your books?
My family is super supportive. They help me out with a lot of stuff including getting swag put together, shipped out, and even attending events with me.
Have you ever had anybody in your life ever try to discourage you from writing? How did you cope?
When I was younger, I did have family members who didn’t think I’d ever get anywhere. I’m stubborn so if someone tells me I can’t do something, I do everything in my power to prove them wrong.
Do you have a team that helps with your writing process and promotions?
I do have a small team. I have two PAs, I have an illustrator, cover artist, and an editor that I work with regularly. I don’t think I could do half of what I do without them.
How many drafts do you write before you are pleased enough to publish?
I write one draft all the way through, then I go through that and rework anything that I don’t feel like it works or fits. Though I may change scenes along the way of the first draft. That will go to my editor, I get it back, and once I’ve completed all the edits, it should be ready for publication.
Are any of your books in audio? If not, is it something you eventually want?
Currently, they are not in audio. It is something I’m working on getting done before the end of the year.
What are some of your favorite books and authors?
I’m a huge J.R. Ward fan. I also love Janet Evanovich, though I’d love to see Stephanie Plum make a choice already. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher just to name a few.
Can you tell us about some of your upcoming books?
If everything works out, I should have two more books releasing this year. The fourth book in my Dark Road Series, Burned, which will get into gang life and mental abuse. The other book will be Grace’s Beast, a paranormal romance; my own version of a fairytale retelling.
Where can we find you on social media?
If you’re looking for my Krys Fenner side, I’m on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, plus my website www.krysfenner.co. If you’re seeking my romance side, Brigit Rosé, I can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and my website https://brigitrose.wordpress.com/.