The Fighting Chance is a fictional self-defense studio run by Beth Kennedy/Goldwyn in the Disaster Crimes series by Chrys Fey. In the books, it is a place where people (men, women, young and old) went to learn confidence, strength, and how to defend themselves.
"She also had The Fighting Chance—a place she went to in the real world and a place that dwelled inside her." - from A Fighting Chance (Disaster Crimes 6)
In the book A Fighting Chance, Amanda, a sexual assault survivor and assistant self-defense instructor, mentions how she came across the website for Beth's studio and how it had changed her life. That's how Chrys Fey got the idea to create a website fashioned after the fictional studio. Her goal was to make it a resource for people, especially women, who want to learn more about self-defense, what to do if you're experiencing domestic violence (or any time of abuse), and how to be an advocate.
"Donovan had been amazed when he saw Beth’s studio the first time. She had done a great job creating her business and studio. White walls with purple words—Strength, Rise, Strive, Live—encouraged her students as they learned to protect themselves." - from Seismic Crimes (Disaster Crimes 2)
"She parked along the side of the strip mall and entered her studio. The orchids on the front desk sweetened the air by the front door. She inhaled the scent, filling her lungs with it. Closer to the mat, she smelled the antibacterial she used to wipe down the equipment between classes. Beneath that was the tang of sweat. Sweat earned." -from Flaming Crimes (Disaster Crimes 4)
Wall of Signatures:
Fashioned after the Wall of Signatures in Beth's studio, there is
a the Wall of Signatures page where you can comment the name you'd like shown on the wall. For safety reasons, you can comment anonymously your first name, nickname, initials, pseudonym, or other alias. No full names, unless it's a pen name. To keep the page orderly, all comments will be deleted as names are added.
Authors, would any of your characters like to attend a (fictional) class by Beth? Comment their names and one book/series title.
Read about the Disaster Crimes series that inspired this website.
Young Chrys Fey:
Chrys Fey lived through domestic/sibling abuse through most of her childhood. Those experiences have influenced Chrys in her writing. Most of the heroines she writes about have a history of (some kind of) abuse, are survivors of abuse, or are actively trying to help victims.
Her characters are also what she calls Heroines of Steel. When Chrys was a child, she looked up to strong women–Jo from Little Women, Xena the Warrior Princess, Erin Brockovich, and so many more. She wanted to be just like them, but she was a scrawny thing, shy, and a little nerdy. She felt as far from these strong women as possible. They were lionesses, and she was Dumbo. So, when she started to write, it was no wonder that her first character was her age but was everything she wasn’t, with supernatural abilities. From then on, all of her heroines have become what she wishes she could be. Beth (from the Disaster Crimes series) is a kick-ass self-defense instructor. Chrys wants to be as physically strong as her.
Why Heroines of Steel?
At the age of fifteen (a day after her birthday), Chrys had spine surgery to correct scoliosis. Now, she has a steel rod screwed into her spine. Years after her surgery, she wrote a personal essay called Woman of Steel. She is a woman of steel, and because all of her characters are tough women, so are they. They are Chrys's Heroines of Steel. She can live vicariously through them, and so can her readers.
In Chrys's own words: The semi colon tattoo represents that something always comes after my hardships. I’ve gone through depression, burnout, many surgeries and health issues, disability, poverty, anxiety, insecurities about my lack of a high school diploma, and what I have come to realize was domestic/sibling abuse from when I was a child and teen, and PTSD from those experiences. But after all of that, after whatever I go through, there was always something on the other side. For me, that something was magic. That’s what “Fey” and my pen name mean. Surviving, learning, persevering...that is all magical. The strength I gained is pure magic. The wisdom, the growth, the self-love, and even the tears...all beautiful and magical. So, I know that whatever I go through in the future, there is so much for me on the other side, like a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. And that is extraordinary!
Chrys Fey is the author of the Disaster Crimes Series, a unique concept blending romance, crimes, and disasters. Fey also authored Write with Fey: 10 Sparks to Guide You from Idea to Publication. Catch the sparks you need to write, edit, publish, and market your book! She runs the Insecure Writer’s Support Group Book Club on Goodreads and is also an editor for Dancing Lemur Press.
Fey realized she wanted to write by watching her mother pursue publication. At the age of twelve, she started her first novel, which flourished into a series she later rewrote at seventeen.
Fey lives in Florida and is always on the lookout for hurricanes. She has four cats and three nephews, both keep her entertained with their antics.