Published: September 29th, 2017
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?
1. What is the history of the Dark Road series?
I originally released Destroyed as the first novel and Punished as the second in the series while I was with a partnership publisher. Due to some legal issues her and I split ways. After all legalities were settled, I spent about six months working on shaping up both books. I had to revise the title on both books as part of the legal requirements. Addicted is the new version of book one Destroyed and Damaged is the new version of book two Punished.
Honestly, I don't think it's difficult. It's just a matter of being real and not holding any punches. The entire point of writing about these topics is to initiate conversations. I believe that if we open the lines of communication, we can make a difference in our society.
3. Having in consideration the plot, what are in your opinion the responsibilities of an author?
I think the author is responsible for being honest, but not offering up an instructional either. With young adult, even if the author writes a suggestion about the book being for an older audience, the author has to take into consideration how young the reader could end up being. For example, I had a father who picked up Damaged on pre-sale for his thirteen year old daughter. When he asked me how dark the book gets, I answered him honestly. I told him the truth. There is one scene that addresses suicide, but I don't romanticize it. I don't go into detail about how the main character gets the pills, however I do address the reality of attempting suicide.
When you're addressing social issues like sexual abuse, drug addition, suicide, I don't believe there is such a thing as HEA. Maybe HFN, but I think it's more hope for a better tomorrow. That is what I give in Dark Road. The end of each book in the series, while addressing a different social issue, will offer hope. There is light at the end of the dark road.
5. “Writers exist because they have a story to tell” – about art it is said that 1% is talent and 99% hard work. What do you think about that and what is hard work for a (YA) author?
It's absolutely true. I think talent is all about having the ability to come up with the story, but the hard work starts with making it come together. There's a lot involved. First, the author has to be true to themselves. Whether it's regarding the cover or the editing or even the storyline. Second, the author doesn't just have to know their YA audience, but they also have to know about their parents. A YA author is marketing to two audience groups and they're each looking for something different. Third, an author, YA or otherwise, has to understand that if they traditionally publish, their part doesn't end with simply writing and revising the book. The author is building a name for themselves and they are responsible for contributing any way they can. If the author self-publishes, they are completely responsible. It all falls on them.
6. What is next for the author Krys Fenner?
The second book Damaged is slated to release on the 20th of November. With that done and ready to go out, I'm focusing on the third installment, Avenged, which will come out next spring. Of the three, I think it's my favorite. Everything with Jeremiah and Bella comes to a conclusion, I introduce a new character running from her past, and reveal the truth behind David's and Heather's parents. I even have a small competition going on regarding it with a friend of mine.
About the author:
Krys Fenner has been infinitely passionate about writing and helping people for as long as she can remember. To date, she has published two books, numerous poems, and is now avidly working on a fantasy series. Krys received an Associate of Arts in Psychology and is currently working on her B.A.
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