Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
Cynthia Sax: Hi Fiona! I’m so thrilled to be here. I’m Cynthia Sax and I’m old enough to avoid answering questions about my age.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Cynthia Sax: I get that question a lot. (laughs) I AM from Earth. Don’t listen to the rumors about me being an alien. Only a few of them are true.
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Cynthia Sax: I write SciFi, contemporary and paranormal erotic romances. I was a business babe in my previous life, which is why my contemporary romances have business settings. I LOVE biology and evolution. You’ll find quite a bit of that in my SciFi and cyborg romances. I’m happily married to the Dear Wonderful Hubby. We travel as often as we can so you’ll also find different terrains in my stories.
Everything writers do is research, isn’t it?
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Cynthia Sax: Seeking Vector, my next cyborg romance, is releasing October 3rd and is available for pre-orders right now. If you are new to the series, Releasing Rage, the first story, is currently free. You can try out the series with no risk.
‘Cause that’s how I roll. (grins)
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Cynthia Sax: I started writing as soon as I could hold a crayon. I became serious about my writing, sending my stories to publishers, when I turned 40. Writing can be done at any age so I played in business, which is age-sensitive first. My goal was to pay for my awesome reading habit. (grins) I’ll always be a reader, first and foremost.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Cynthia Sax: I’ve always considered myself to be a writer. Key points in my writing life have been first seeing my name in print and the first paycheck. That happened in High School. I was asked to cover a school event for the local newspaper. I still have a clipping of that first article. I wish I had taken a photo of that first check too.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Cynthia Sax: My first published story (a 40 page short story) featured dragon shifters set in a Medieval fantasy (this was before Game Of Thrones became popular – I hadn’t heard of that series then). I loved Medieval romances and was sad because there weren’t many of them being published. I also LOVED dragon shifters. The combination felt right to me (and clearly to George RR Martin).
The inspiration for Seeking Vector, my upcoming release, came from a vacation the Dear Wonderful Hubby and I recently enjoyed. We were talking with cruise ship crew and they told us about folks who hid on the ships for monthsbefore being detected. Kasia, the heroine of Seeking Vector, stowaways on an enemy battle station.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Cynthia Sax: That first story was called Dragon Lord’s Mate. The hero was a dragon shifting lord and the heroine was his mate. (grins) I didn’t know what I was doing at that time.
In Seeking Vector, my upcoming release, the cyborg hero’s name is Vector and the heroine is searching for him. He’s trying to find himself also, coming to terms with the different sides of his personality and the secret he’s been hiding.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Cynthia Sax: I’m a pantser. I write by the seat of my pants, not knowing what will happen next in a story. Often I’ll close my eyes and picture the next scene, like watching a movie in my head. I love writing this way.
There are some challenges. I can’t tell readers what will happen next in a series, for example, because I don’t know. But I wouldn’t trade it for any other style.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Cynthia Sax: I write about fantastical and futuristic situations but the emotions are ALWAYS real. In Seeking Vector, there’s a scene in which the hero believes he has lost everything. I’ve felt that. I think most of us have. We might not be fighting the baddies on a battle station in deep space but we’ve experienced loss.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Cynthia Sax: My current stories are set on battle stations in space or alien planets, so I can only arm chair travel for those stories.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Cynthia Sax: The always awesome Amanda Kelsey of Razzle Dazzle Design crafts my covers for my current releases. All of my cyborg and SciFi romance covers are designed by her. She’s talented. I love her work.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Cynthia Sax: Everyone is deserving of love. My heroines are all different sizes, shapes, backgrounds. My heroes often have darkness in their backgrounds. They’re far from perfect and sometimes they’re not ‘good’ beings. My hero of Dark Thoughts, for example, is a cannibal. He eats his enemies. But all of these characters find lasting love.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
Cynthia Sax: Laurann Dohner was the writer who really got me interested in SciFi and Cyborg Romances. Ral’s Woman was a game-changer for me. I love beastly heroes and she writes those really well. And I love that her stories focus more on the romance than the world building. The world building is still there but it is secondary to the couple.
Cara Bristol isn’t a new writer but she is a writer I wish more readers would discover. Her Breeder series is SO good and, of course, her cyborg series rocks!
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Cynthia Sax: I’ve been helped by almost every writer in Romanceland. (grins) They’ve been simply amazing and I hope to return that favor over my writing life.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Cynthia Sax: Writing is a part of me. Publishing my stories is a career.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Cynthia Sax: I wouldn’t change anything in Seeking Vector, except I would write it faster. (grins) I was battling writer’s block and missed my self-imposed deadline by a month with that story.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Cynthia Sax: I had a serious case of writer’s block with Seeking Vector. It wasn’t the mild ‘I don’t know what will happen next’ kind. I knew what would happen next in the story. That wasn’t the problem. It was the ‘I looked in my brain and there’s nothing – no words’ kind. I had never experienced that before this story and it scared me. But I got through it (by getting more sleep and by taking time off) and I’m a stronger writer for that experience.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Cynthia Sax: I’d like an unknown actor and actress to play the leads. They would then look back years later and say ‘That movie adaptation of a Cynthia Sax book was when I got my first big break. I was on the verge of giving up and the Director plucked me out of the abyss.’That would be cool.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Cynthia Sax: If you need advice, ask for it. You’re not alone. There’s someone out there in Romanceland who has been where you are right now. There are many more writers who are currently where you are. Don’t struggle solo.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Cynthia Sax: I love my reading buddies and I appreciate them. They’re the reason I publish my stories. All of my stories are different so I don’t expect reading buddies to love them all but they should never be bored. That’s my promise to them.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Cynthia Sax: I just finished Ruby Dixon’s The Corsair’s Captive and I loved it. Ruby Dixon never disappoints.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Cynthia Sax: My Dear Wonderful Mom read to us from birth so I don’t remember the very first book. One of my favorite childhood books was Felix Salten’s Bambi. That was a dark story so I wasn’t surprised that the stories I write are dark also.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Cynthia Sax: It doesn’t take much to make me laugh or cry. I LOVE terrible puns, real groaners. My buddies know that and often post terrible puns on my Facebook profile. I always cry when other people cry. That’s a guarantee.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Cynthia Sax: I’d love to meet Jane Austen. I saw some of her manuscripts in The British Library and enjoyed reading her margin notes and deleted scenes.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Cynthia Sax: I love reading. I will always be a reader first. And I love to travel.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Cynthia Sax: I love Game of Thrones. The storytelling is tight and the plot arcs are deliciously long. I can tell it is written by a novel writer.
I love Lucifer. That’s light and fun.
For films, I love anything SciFi. Set it in space and I’m there.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Cynthia Sax: I love chocolate, the color blue (the color of the sea and the sky), and all types of music from Opera to Country to Pop.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Cynthia Sax: I’d be dead so I wouldn’t be doing much. (laughs) I can see a future where I no longer publish my stories. I don’t publish all of my stories right now, only the story I think reading buddies will enjoy. I can’t see a future where I no longer write. Writing is a part of me.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Cynthia Sax: Out of toner.
(grins) That’s the battle cry of writers everywhere.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Reading buddies can find me here
Thank you so much for interviewing me, Fiona! (tackle hugs)
A cyborg with a secret… A female seeking the truth…
Vector, the C Model captain of the Freedom, is a cyborg many warriors wish to emulate. He fights fiercely, leads with honor, has earned the respect and loyalty of his crew. But no being, not even a cyborg, is perfect. Since arriving at the Homeland, Vector has been hiding a dark truth about his past. If his secret is exposed, he could lose everything – his position, his ship, and his life.
Kasia excels at uncovering secrets. Half a lifespan ago, her curiosity placed her on the Humanoid Alliance’s kill list. Now she has accessed information the cyborg council would prefer remain hidden. Their warriors are hunting her and won’t rest until she’s dead.
When Vector arrives on her battle station, all grim determination, gray skin, and bulging muscles, Kasia knows he has been sent to kill her. That doesn’t stop her from wanting the dominant cyborg. She senses the savage nature under the male’s controlled exterior, sees the mysteries in his brilliant blue eyes, craves the roughness of his touch. She will risk all she has to experience his embrace.
Kasia braved the cyborg council’s ire for a reason. If she doesn’t convince Vector to act on the information she uncovered, the enemy could destroy his home planet and render every cyborg in the universe immobile.
Can a doubting C Model warrior learn to trust and to love before it is too late?
Seeking Vector is Book 10 in the Cyborg Sizzle series and is a STAND-ALONE story.
It is also a Cyborg SciFi Romance.