He's your favorite new author and I can certainly see why. Writer of Urban Fiction and Urban Fantasy with a sprinkle of erotica for your reading pleasure. What I love most about authors who aren't afraid to write Erotica is the ability to release boundaries and allow the fantasies to take flight. When Synx is not writing, he is hosting his new podcast show, 'You're on The Mic W/Synx'. Show some love for this talented and amazing author and find out what makes him tick!
◆ How are you doing on this amazing day?
Just thankful, it has been rough the last few weeks.
◆ You are an author, writer, & the host of ‘You’re on the Mic w/Synx’ Podcast. Tell me more about your writing journey, your podcast, and how you got started.
I started out writing back in elementary school. I even won a young authors contest one year. But of course, like most, by middle school I discovered reading books and writing wasn’t the coolest thing if you wanted to be in the in crowd. Like so many, I gave into peer pressure, and like that the nerd in me was dead.
In 2019 one of my friends posted that they had just written a poetry book and was selling it on Amazon. I was astonished and if we weren’t really friends the conversation could have come off as condescending in how I was asking how he was able to do it. He explained the self-publishing process to me with Amazon and just like that the fire was reignited. Prior to that moment, I wrote small things here and there as a stress reliever or something to spark the mood with my wife, but nothing serious. After that conversation, I started writing my first book, which was a collection of erotic short stories, till this day I hate the book because it lacked everything a good book needed to have, from the structure of it to the format. But after that, things got better especially after I discovered the importance of having an editor.
◆ As a writer I have found that my creativity comes from everything around me. What inspires you to create the characters in your books?
Music and life are my biggest muses. My book Power Circle: Family, Friends & Killas was based on the song Power Circle by Rick Ross and MMG. If I'm writing something that is more on the erotic side, I'm listening to R&B. Listening to music causes my mind to create a movie in my head then I try my best to translate that movie to paper.
◆ Black fantasy and urban fiction with a sprinkle of erotica. The world of erotica is often looked at with shrugged shoulders, however, it is one of the biggest sellers in books today. What do you like most about writing fantasy and erotica?
I love fantasy because it literally has no limits to what you can do. If you want to write about a stripper who was murdered and came back to life with the powers of a phoenix, you can do it, and no one can say anything about it. Lol, as for erotica who doesn’t love sex? I try not to overdo it in my books, but sex is such a real part of life that if you try and omit it, you take a part of realism away from the story in my opinion. I could be wrong though lol.
◆ How many books have you written?
At this point, I have a total of four books out. Two in my La Phoenyx series which is my urban fantasy series (La Phoenyx: From the Ashes & La Phoenyx: Ascended). I have Power Circle: Family, Friends & Killas, which is a straight urban fiction book. And I have the first book I published which is from my erotica series, Vivid Dreams: A Collection of Sensual Short Stories. I’m currently working on the third and final book of the La Phoenyx series and volume two of my Vivid Dreams series
◆ When you are not writing, what is a typical day like for you?
Daddy and husband mode all day long. If I’m not writing or at work, 99.9% of the time I’m doing something with my family.
◆ When putting ink to paper, thoughts into action, and pulling the ideas out of your head, have you ever felt stumped as a writer and needed to step away for a moment to get your thoughts in order?
Of course, I have started the process to write the third book of my La Phoenyx Series about 3 times now. Sometimes it’s just hard to get going but honestly, the thing that hurts me the most is when I get going and must stop. Once I get rolling, I can easily knock out 10,000 words in one setting. But if the session gets interrupted, it can be months before I can get going again.
◆ I’ve often heard that being a great writer requires reading the work of others. Do you agree?
Yes and no, it really depends. For example, it really benefitted me to read other books in my genre after starting back up just to get an understanding of how things are supposed to go. At the same time, you must be careful not to let someone elses story becomes yours. It’s easy to find inspiration from others but you must stay authentic to who you are. You don’t want to be version 2 of whoever you were reading.
◆ What would you say to the younger Synx?
Pick the pen up and get to work.
◆ Where can I find and support your work?
All my books are sold on Amazon. I have a website as well, but currently, everything is out of stock there. I’m in the process of rebranding things and switching some things up.
◆ I love positive vibes and energy. Is there a mantra that you live by?
Just keep it respectful lol.
◆ What’s next for Synx?
Getting these two books out, La Phoenyx Volume 3 and Vivid Dreams Volume 2. I’m also revamping the podcast so it can get rolling again.
◆ In closing, is there anything else you would like to say?
Thank you for reaching out to me, it has truly been what I needed. Also, to all the readers of indie authors, leave a review it matters so much. I personally look at every review and try to pull and learn from it negative or positive.
It's been a pleasure Synx. From one writer to another, happy writing and much continued success in all that you do!
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AJ is a creative writer and storyteller writing from her home in Indiana.
"This is how you do it; you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it's done. It's that easy, and that hard." -Neil Gaiman