Tuesday, March 15, 2016
FEATURED AUTHOR: Synithia Williams
Synithia Williams has been an avid romance novel lover since picking up her first one at the age of thirteen. It was only natural that she would begin penning her own romances soon after. She's a native of
South Carolina and now
writes romances as hot as their southern settings. Her first novel, You Can't
Plan Love, was published by Crimson Romance in the summer of 2012. She's
written and published eight, novels since including her popular Southern Love
and Henderson Family Series. Her seventh book, Making it Real, was listed as
one of the Must Read Romances of 2015 in USA Today. Her first release with
Harlequin Kimani, A New York Kind of Love, released in January 2016. She's
married to her own personal hero and they have two sons who've convinced her
that professional wrestling and superheroes are supreme entertainment. You can
learn more about Synithia by visiting her website, www.synithiawilliams.com,
where she blogs about writing, life and relationships.
Kind of Love
Winning an all-expenses-paid weekend in
York with Hollywood's
sexiest heartthrob makes Faith Logan the envy of women everywhere. This
small-town nurse has too many responsibilities, including caring for her aging
parents, to be interested in fame or status. But as the sensual celebrity
escorts her to exclusive Manhattan
nightclubs and glitzy movie premieres, Faith is falling fast for the genuine,
charismatic man behind the slick media image.
More used to fanatics and groupies, Irvin Freeman is surprised and intrigued by Faith's down-to-earth personality. One impulsive kiss turns their private flirtation into public news. But paparazzi and crazed admirers are making her doubt their potential as a couple. Will the pressures of fame cause their love to fade before he can convince her they've found their own real-life happy ending?
What inspired your book?
A New York Kind of Love was completely inspired by a random thought. What would it be like to win a weekend in
Hollywood with a handsome movie star? Finding
the inspiration for the Hollywood star wasn’t
hard to do. Irvin Freeman, the hero, is a sexy British actor who makes women
melt with a smile. Three guesses who that is. Faith Logan, my heroine, is a
nurse from a small southern town that works hard to take care of her sick
What would you like readers to take away from your book?
I hope readers end each of my books with a smile on their face. I also hope readers find my characters to be relatable in some way. I strive to make my characters realistic. You may not always like them, but I hope you understand why they do what they do.
Which character did you have the most fun writing about?
I had a lot of fun writing Irvin and Faith, but heroes are usually easier for me to write. Maybe it’s because I live in a house full of guys, and my husband’s friends treat me like “one of the guys” when they visit. (Hint: Good way to eavesdrop on the thoughts of men, lol.) Faith was fun because I enjoyed writing about a woman who’d lost all of her belief in fate and good luck realize she was truly getting an unbelievable happily ever after with a movie star.
What did you learn while writing this book?
I learned the benefit of taking lots of pictures and videos when you travel. I have a good memory of my visits to
New York, but going back to the pictures and
videos I took with my cell phone at the tourist locations I visited helped me
recreate those settings.
What are three things you wish you’d known before you reached where you are now?
1. I wish I’d known how useful plotting can be. Since becoming a plotter I write faster, and have a clearer idea of the story.
2. How useful it is to attend writer’s conferences. You make great friends and learn so much about the business and craft of writing.
3. I’m responsible for my own career. As a newbie, it’s easy to get caught up in trying to get approval from agents, editors, and publishers. At the end of the day I have to do what’s right for me. If a situation doesn’t feel right, or an editor or agent doesn’t jive with you, it’s okay to move on. There will be other opportunities.
What advice would you offer to someone whose first book is about to be released?
Send out a press release to your local media. After my first book is sent a press release to local television and radio stations, newspapers, and magazines. Several of them picked up the story. More recently I did the same for an event and got a TV interview and a feature in my areas largest newspaper. It’s easy to get caught up in only promoting yourself on line, but the people in your hometown want to know about your success just as much as the people you meet online.
What’s the most interesting change in your life as a result of being a published author?
Writing has become a job for me. Yes, I still feel the creativity and enjoy making a story come to life, but I also have to treat it like a business. Deadlines are important, coming up with daily, weekly and monthly goals, and even a budget are all things I didn’t think about before starting this journey.
What’s are your three favorite social media platforms and how are you using them for promotion?
Facebook is good to connect with readers and interact with book clubs. Twitter is a great place to find out what’s happening in the romance community and keep up with editors and agents. Pinterest is great for developing story boards to help visualize my characters and settings.
Oprah always asks, what do you know for sure?
I know for sure that as long as the stories keep coming, I will keep writing them.
Anything you'd like to say to the readers of SORMAG?
If you’ve read my books, thank you! It’s the readers that push me daily to write a few words, draft a few chapters, or do a little research. If you haven’t read my books, I hope you give them a try. I write spicy southern romances with realistic characters and just a dash of drama. I also love hearing from readers, so definitely reach out to me on Facebook or Twitter.
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