Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A Quilt Shop Arrest?

It’s a pleasure to welcome author Chrys Fey to Thoughts in Progress today to talk about her recent release, 30 SECONDS BEFORE, and an intriguing tidbit.

First, Chrys is going to explain about the arrest. Aren’t you a tad curious? Welcome, Chrys.

Years ago, my mom worked in a quilt shop. I heard many stories about women coming to look for fabric, and they took this task seriously. They would get angry if a bolt of fabric they wanted was sold out. Each year, the shop ordered fabric a year in advance. This fabric had to be ordered then because, like the fashion industry, they worked ahead, and once the fabric stopped being manufactured, it was gone for good. Quilters wouldn’t be able to get it again. The shop where my mom worked was the best and closest one for miles. People drove from out of town and out of state. A few times, women came from other countries!

When I write, I like to sneak in special little tidbits from my own life. So, things my mom told me about her job made their way into my stories. In 30 Seconds Before, when Blake recalls moments from his job as a police officer, one of them is a funny incident in a quilt shop.

Check it out:


Blake never minded patrolling. It allowed him to view the city he loved, the city he vowed to protect. He didn’t even mind getting called to sort out silly disputes or to put a scare into shoplifting teens. Once he had to arrest a man walking around naked with a red foam nose, a clown wig on his head, and a bottle of vodka in his hand.
Another time, he had to pull apart two old biddies fighting over a bolt of fabric in a quilt shop. Apparently, the fabric they wanted was no longer being manufactured, and the bolt they each held onto was the last one in the shop. At least the crazy calls made him laugh later. The other calls, the worst calls, gave him nightmares.

Title: 30 Seconds Before
Prequel to 30 Seconds
Genre: Mainstream Thriller
Page Count: 60 (novella)


Blake Herro is a cop in the Cleveland Police Force. Ever since he was a child he wanted to do right by the city he loved by cleaning up the streets and protecting its citizens. Red, a notorious mobster, has other plans.
On a bitter December night, ten police officers are drawn into a trap and killed by Red’s followers. Blake wants to bring down the Mob to avenge his fallen brothers and to prevent other cops from being murdered. Except the only way he can do that is by infiltrating the Mob.
Every minute he’s with these mobsters he’s in danger. Around every corner lies the threat of coming face to face with a gun. Will he make it out of the Mob alive or will he be their next victim?


30 SECONDS, the story that follows 30 SECONDS BEFORE, is on sale for 99 Cents. Get it at this discount so you can read the entire story from start to finish!


Chrys, thanks for joining us today. I enjoy learning that bits of elements in a story actually came from a real-life event even if they have been changed a bit.

Now for those who aren’t familiar with Chrys, here’s a bit of background on her.

Author Chrys Fey
Chrys Fey is the author of the Disaster Crimes Series (Hurricane Crimes and Seismic Crimes), as well as these releases from The Wild Rose Press: 30 Seconds, Ghost of Death, and Witch of Death. She is an administrator for the Insecure Writer's Support Group and heads their monthly newsletter.

Chrys lives in Florida and is always on the lookout for hurricanes. She has four adopted cats who keep her entertained with their antics, and three nephews who keep her entertained with their antics. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and through her blog, Write with Fey. She loves to get to know her readers!


Thanks so much for stopping by today during Chrys’ visit. Do you enjoy knowing real incidents are included in stories you read? Do you like the fact that some elements are based on real-life experience?


  1. Congratulations Chrys.
    And thank you and drat you both. I am in the middle of a book cull. I really don't need (and shouldn't acquire) more.

    1. Thank you! The good thing about 30 Seconds Before is that it's not a novel. It's short, so it's faster to read. ;)

  2. I can see two women fighting over a bolt of cloth. Breaking it up would be like breaking up a cat fight.

    1. Those women are serious about their quilt fabric.

  3. Chrys, thanks again for visiting Thoughts in Progress and congratulations on your release. This sounds like an intriguing story. Wishing you much success.

    Hi, all! Thanks for stopping by.

    1. Thank you so much for having me on your blog. I am so happy to be here. My first time! :) And the 3D book looks neat.

      Thanks again!

  4. People do take the craft work they do very seriously, so I can see how feelings might run high in a shop like that. Thanks for sharing, Mason.

  5. haha I wouldn't want to get between two women fighting over cloth. Lose an eye or an arm lol Only time I saw that was at a sale in some bargain store, women were fighting over friggin pillows, rather humorous to watch.

    1. I think you'd lose an eye just by calling it cloth. I learned the hard way, through my mom, that it's called "fabric." LOL Did they have a pillow fight?

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  6. Hi Mason and Chrys ... fascinating to bring a real story into your murder mystery ... definitely bringing Blake's world to life ... cheers Hilary

    1. I couldn't resist to make Blake more real. :)

  7. Congratulations again, Chrys. I never get tired of saying that! What's totally awesome is how many of us have new books out at the same time. How kewl is that!

    1. Aw. Thanks! :) I know. It's amazing. I've lost track of how many of use have something new out right now.


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