Interview With Author Cheyenne Wright

Introduce yourself and your books.

Hello everyone!

My name is Cheyenne Wright, but I tend to share what I write online under the name Chey’s Works. I am a 19-year-old college student and a self-published author. I recently turned to Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing program to share my stories with others and have been publishing books since the August of 2018. I have always written for my friends and family and have had a knack for storytelling since I was little. I excel at reading and writing and am hoping to make a career for myself by doing what I love and sharing my stories with the world.

I tend to write books that revolve around the fantasy genre and have two novellas available on Amazon, with a third and fourth on the way.

What is/are the stories behind your books?

I am currently working on a series of books called the Lucalgian Odyssey series. It’s a four-book series that is within the fantasy genre.

The first book, A Crimson Brigade’s Creed, follows Cright Crimson and her younger brother RedFox. They live with their father, Kurt Crimson, until his death from a mysterious illness rips their family apart. Cright and Red are inseparable, but they must learn to be part of a family again when their father’s friend takes them in. The duo spend the book meeting their new makeshift family that becomes the guild, the Crimson Brigade, while taking on quests, fighting monsters, and struggling with the harassment of one of the Central City’s most esteemed hunters, Silvius.

The second book, Whispers of A Dragon Hatchery, centers around Cright and her husband Archer, as well as the rest of the Crimson Brigade. The members of the guild are ready to fight when dragon attacks begin to plague the land of Lucalgia. The Crimson Brigade works closely with the kingdom’s ruler, King Loyar, and soon find that the dragons come from an unexpected source, which threatens not only the guild, but Cright and Archer’s lives as well.

I am currently writing both the third and fourth books, which will feature an all-new cast of characters but keep similar themes and the same settings as the other books. The titles to those books will be A Prisoner’s Magic and A New Queen’s Anthem.

What inspired/inspires your creativity?

I originally got the inspiration to write this series while playing a video games. Cright was my username for the game at the time and my younger cousin’s was RedFox. Naturally, the main characters were based off of our characters and Lucalgia was a setting that I created for them to adventure in. I had written stories for my cousin before and eventually my ideas just took off. I wrote a few outlines and began to write. Before I knew it, I had written a whole book about dragons and adventure and found that I was contemplating the idea of creating a whole series.

How do you deal with creative block?

I tend to avoid creative block by creating an outline before starting a project, but when I do run into creative block I like to look at writing prompts. I often use Pinterest for finding writing and dialogue prompts and it has helped me, especially when paired with a five-minute writing session. That usually helps me deal with any writer’s block that I may run into.

What are the biggest mistakes you can make in a book?

The biggest mistake you can make when writing a book is to let your inner editor dictate how you write. If you’re constantly correcting yourself, you’ll get writer’s block and feel as though your writing isn’t good enough when you haven’t given it a chance. Save the editing for after the draft is complete, you’ll thank you later.

How do negative/bad reviews affect you and how do you deal with them?

While I have not received any negative reviews on my series so far, I have dealt with them in the past with other projects. I have learned to use them constructively and take the bits of the review that are critical to learn what I could improve upon. This way, I can use the review as a way to make notes for the next edition of the story as as references on what I should work on while writing my other projects.

Alternatively, I may also take a review with a grain of salt. If I find that there is nothing helpful about the review, then I take it as just one person’s opinion in a sea of readers. I can’t let every negative comment dictate the way I write.

How has your creation process improved over time?

I originally wrote whatever popped up into my head. I would just sit down and write with no goals or outline set. I lost momentum very quickly and a lot of my ideas died that way.

By the time I was a junior in high school, I learned that outlining my work keeps me focused and ensures that I know where my story is going and what I want to get out of it. This greatly improved my writing process and is probably the only reason why I am able to finish anything I write today.

What were the best, worst and most surprising things you encountered during the entire process of completing your book(s)?

A lot of these are from after I started self-publishing.

The worst thing I have encountered is classmates and acquaintances pitching unsolicited story ideas to me after learning that I am an author. One example of this was when a classmate in one of my English classes last semester figured out that I published books. He followed me around after class and stuck around for nearly 20 minutes to tell me about a really vague story idea he had and why I should write it. This was after I told him that I had two other books I needed to finish writing and some other projects I wanted to outline. After he was done with his rant, he then had the nerve to ask me if I could write it well enough to suit his standards. I tried my best to avoid him after classes from that point on.

The most surprising/best thing I encountered after publishing my books was how seriously people treat you after you say you’re a published author, especially other writers. Just recently, I met a girl around my age who writes stories on an online writing platform. We were in the same fantasy writing group on Facebook and she replied to one of my comments saying that she would like to read some of my writing. I privately messaged her with a link to my Amazon author page and my website and the response I got from her was hysterical.

“Oh wow, you’re actually successful!”

She seemed super intimidated by it and I was laughing at her reply for days. I shared a few samples of my books with her, answered any questions she had, and also read some of her work. I can honestly say that I made a new friend that day and meeting other writers is an amazing experience.

Do you tend towards personal satisfaction or aim to serve your readers? Do you balance the two and how?

I try to maintain a balance of both. If I’m not personally satisfied with the project or happy writing it, it will not get finished. Usually if I can’t finish an outline of a book, I will cast the idea aside until I feel like picking it back up again.

I also try to serve my readers by having one of my best friends read some of my writing and give me suggestions. My friend, Jared, is one of my most dedicated readers and I serve him by taking his suggestions and editing with him (and my other readers) in mind.

What role do emotions play in creativity?

Emotions play a major role when it comes to my creativity. For example, I can only write poetry when I am feeling upset or depressed. I tend to use poetry as an outlet for dealing with my negative emotions and it helps me manage them a lot, but I can’t write poetry when I’m happy. I also have a rough time working on my books when I am upset, because my mind will start to wander away from my work.

Do you have any creativity tricks?

Timing myself while I write helps. If I sit myself down and say that I am going to write for a few minutes, I usually tend to keep writing even after the timer goes off. Also, I get the urge to write when reading someone else’s writing.

What are your plans for future books?

First, I want to complete the Lucalgian Odyssey series and possibly create a 2nd edition where all four books are put into one. Then I’d like to work on some stand-alone fiction that are in the romance and fantasy genres. I would also like to write LGBTQ+ fiction and romance at some point as well.

Tell us some quirky facts about yourself

I am an INFJ, if that means anything to anyone.

My author’s blog/website is at www.cheysworks.com

I got my start in writing for an audience with fanfiction when I was 13.

The only novel-length work I have finished so far has been a fanfiction that I wrote for my cousin. I wrote a majority of it when I was 13. I am hoping to convert the story into an original book sometime soon.

I am a fan of anime and manga. I would actually like to help produce a manga, or turn some of my books into one, but I’m not very good at drawing.

I speak three languages.

I was published once before self-publishing by the Rio Linda Library and 916 Ink.

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