Burnout and Natural Disasters

I’m happy to welcome Wild Rose Press author Chrys Fey. Today, Chrys shares a poignant post about a challenging period and her new release, Frozen Crimes.

Here’s Chrys!

In 2019, after suffering from writer’s burnout for two years, I did everything I could to get back to writing.

Since Seismic Crimes came out in April 22, 2016, I’d been publishing a Disaster Crimes book a year. Tsunami Crimes came out January 2017. And Flaming Crimes came out in January 2018, which was when I acknowledged my burnout. I was in a tough place. In my mind, I had to write Frozen Crimes and submit it to my publisher that year so it could be published in 2019. That pressure burned me out even more.

I wrote the first chapter with Beth, when she hears tapping at her bedroom window. I tried to write Chapter Two with Donovan, and I got one paragraph in and couldn’t get another word out. I knew what I had to write; it was plotted out, but I couldn’t. I was exhausted. Mentally and physically.

In 2018, I worked on healing myself and getting back to writing. (You can read about my struggle and what I did to reverse my burnout in Keep Writing with Fey: Sparks to Defeat Writer’s Block, Depression, and Burnout.)

In 2019, I was better, but still not writing as much as I usually did.

Finally, motivation struck. I wanted to have Frozen Crimes ready for my readers at Space Coast Book Lovers 2020, which meant I had to buckle down. (UPDATE: Due to Covid-19, the event was eventually canceled.)

I spent September 2019 writing Frozen Crimes. And I did it! I finished!

That same month, a historic winter storm hit Montana…after I spent all of September writing about a blizzard.

Being the author of a series centered around disasters is tough, because natural disasters are occurring more and more.

The same day Seismic Crimes had its world wide release, an earthquake hit Ecuador at a devastating 7.8 on the Richter scale. The earthquake in Seismic Crimes is a 7.4.

Let’s just say that I’m happy to be getting closer to ending this series.
Did you notice that?


I’m not quite done yet. 😊

When disasters strike around every corner, is it possible to have a happily-ever-after?


Beth and Donovan are expecting their first child. Life couldn’t get any better…until a stalker makes his presence known. This person sends disturbing messages and unsettling items, but it isn’t long before his menacing goes too far.

Hoping for a peaceful Christmas, Donovan takes Beth to Michigan. Days into their trip, a winter storm named Nemesis moves in with the goal of burying the state. Snowdrifts surround their house, and the temperature drops below freezing.

Except, the storm isn’t the only nemesis they must face. Everyone’s lives are at stake—especially that of their unborn child. Will they survive, or will they become a frozen crime?


The crunch of the shovel pounding into the snow and ice filled his ears. It was all he could hear. The rest of the street was silent beneath its wintry blanket. Breathing was difficult with the icy air clogging his lungs. His nose burned. His throat was dry and on fire. But he ignored it, focusing on his task.

Crack, crack, crack.

He jabbed the shovel into a hunk of snow. On the third hit, it shattered into several pieces. He scooped them up and flung them to the side. He surveyed what remained. There was one big ball in the middle of the path that needed to be dealt with next. He moved over to it and struck it. That one impact had it severing in two. He was about to hit it again when something crashed into the back of his head.

Explosions of white light danced over his vision. Pain enveloped his skull. The shovel slipped from his fingers. Blackness cloaked his mind, coaxing him into its depths.

Beth. Her name was a whisper in his head, as if his thoughts were being sucked into a wormhole.

His legs collapsed under his weight.

Cold. It seeped into him, consuming him. And then his consciousness fled down that same void that ate his thoughts.

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About the Author

Chrys Fey is author of the Disaster Crimes Series, a unique concept that blends disasters, crimes, and romance. She runs the Insecure Writer’s Support Group Book Club on Goodreads and edits for Dancing Lemur Press.

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