Interview & Contest: Synithia Williams

Synithia WilliamsJen:  Today we welcome Synithia Wiliams to Romancing the Book.  Synithia, will you share a short bio with us?
Synithia:  Synithia Williams has loved romance novels since reading her first one at age 13. It was only natural that she would begin penning her own romances. When she isn’t writing, this local government gal balances the needs of her husband and two sons. You can catch up with Synithia online at www.synithiawilliams.com on Facebook at facebook.com/synithiarwilliams, and on Twitter @SynithiaW.

 

Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Synithia:  From One Night to Forever is the latest book in the Henderson Family series and is the story of the youngest son, Aaron Henderson. Aaron is the wanderer of the family. He doesn’t like to sit still, and in the previous books you’ve gotten glimpses of his carefree lifestyle, which includes the way he casually dates various women. He’s used to having one-night stands and moving on with no problems, until he meets Kacey. He wants her again after their one night, but then he realizes that not only does she turn down his attempts to see her again, she’s the baby sister of his future business partner.

Here’s a short excerpt:

He looked back at Kacey, and when her wide, dark eyes met his, he forgot what he was going to say. A woman hadn’t struck him speechless since he was in middle school.

“Your singing voice. It’s beautiful, by the way,” he blurted out.

“It’s a family thing,” she said with a shrug.

Aaron glanced at the new bartender and then her sister. “Are you all related?”

“Most of us who work here are in some fashion or another. But not everyone.”

He pointed toward Monique. “After talking to you, I wouldn’t have pegged you two as sisters.”

“Most people don’t, but why do you say that?”

“Most sisters have similar vibes. You’re more intense than her. It hit me the moment we made eye contact.”

Kacey’s brows drew together. Aaron couldn’t believe he’d let that slip out. He’d spoken the truth, but knowing she liked to call him on his “tired” lines, he doubted she’d believe him. In that case, he might as well voice all the expressive thoughts she conjured up in him.

“What’s that supposed to mean?”

He sipped his drink. “I’ll have to work a little bit harder to get to know you better.”

Her brows relaxed, and she slowly lifted her head up and down. “Aha, I see.” She lifted her shoulder. “Maybe you should go the easy route.”

He leaned his elbow on the bar and met her eye. “I like a challenge.”

“Most men do, but that doesn’t mean having a good time with you tonight includes me sleeping with you.”

He liked that she dropped the innuendo and put the idea out there, even though he didn’t believe she wasn’t considering taking him home.

“I don’t think I have a chance in hell to get you in bed. But I never refuse a conversation with a beautiful woman.”

She smiled. She had the thickest, sexiest lips, which, like her eyes, made him lose his train of thought when he focused on them. Aaron cleared his throat and glanced around. If he stared too long his body would give an adolescent reaction to her sexiness. “So, tell me, what do you do when you’re not working here?”

“What do I do?”

“Yeah, tell me.” He leaned forward and took another sip of his drink.

She raised a brow. “What do you do when you’re not trying to pick up women in bars?”

“I’m driving Bertha.”

“Bertha?”

“My truck.”

She frowned. “You’re a trucker?”

He heard the distaste in her voice and disappointment filled him. “You disapprove?”

Her face cleared and she shook her head. “No, truckers come through here all the time. I’m just surprised. So, why Bertha?”

He shrugged, but felt as if he’d lost some points with her. No problem, he’d encountered that with women before, and he usually overcame any doubts they had about his success.

“She just felt like a Bertha.” Kacey’s chuckle made him grin. “When I’m not driving, I’m hanging with my family. I’m the youngest of three boys with one sister after me. I like playing video games, baseball, and sometimes still think about pursuing my childhood dream to hold professional wrestling’s intercontinental championship.”

Kacey cocked her head to the side. “Why not the world heavyweight champion? I mean, that’s a title worth holding.”

Aaron leaned back and his eyes widened. “What do you know about world heavyweight championships?”

She shrugged and smirked. “I know the heavyweight champion is pretty much the face of wrestling. And they have the bigger belt.”

So she knew a little bit about wrestling. “Bigger isn’t better.”

“Is your insecurity showing?”

He was really starting to like her sassy mouth. He wagged a finger at her. “Aha-ha, you’ve got jokes.”

“Just an observation.” She dragged out the last word before taking another sip of her beer.

Aaron’s thoughts fled, chased away by the sight of those luscious lips wrapped around the long neck of the bottle.

 

Jen: Are you a plotter or pantser?
Synithia:  I’m a little bit of both. When I first started writing I was a puntster. I had an idea of what I wanted to happen, but just sort of went with the flow. Later I started plotting, and now I can’t imagine writing a novel without an outline at least. I still give myself the opportunity to stray from the outline if the story calls for that.

Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?
Synithia:  I keep a notebook in my purse. But I also use an app on my phone (Evernote) to jot down ideas for a new book or the next chapter in my current WIP. It’s been very helpful, especially since the app links to the same app on my laptop.

Jen: Is there a genre you’d like to write?  Is there one you’ll probably stay away from?  Why?
Synithia:  Yes, I love paranormal, and I think I may try my hand at that one day. I also love historicals, but I don’t plan to ever write one. I don’t think I have the dedication required to handle the research needed for a historical romance.

Jen: What’s been the highlight of you career to this point?
Synithia:  Getting feedback from readers saying they loved my stories. Writing is hard, and in the middle of a book I tend to think it’s crap and that I should just give up. Whenever a reader says they enjoyed the book, it makes it that much easier to keep writing the next one.

Jen: What’s next for you?
Synithia:  I have an idea for a spinoff for the Henderson Family series and I hope to start working on that next year. I also have other projects I’m wrapping up this year.

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