Interview with Cynthia Sax and a peek at The Cyborg’s Secret Baby #cyborgs #scifi #authorinterview #romancebooks @CynthiaSax

I have the wonderful Cynthia Sax on my blog today! Everyone say hi!! Cynthia is a truly talented author I discovered quite a while back. I fell in love with her Demon Chronicles back in the day, and now she’s writing sexy cyborgs! I’ve already pre-ordered her upcoming book, and I can’t wait to read it!

Now, let’s find out a little more about Cynthia Sax, USA Today bestselling author.

 

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

Cynthia Sax: I’ve always written. From the time I could hold a crayon, I’ve been writing stories. But it took a long time for me to realize writing could be a career.

I grew up dirt poor. We worked hard, all of it backbreaking manual labor, to earn every penny. Name a dirty thankless job. I’ve likely done it.

That someone would pay me for the thoughts in my head was beyond my comprehension.

But it happened! I was first paid for writing in high school. Two newspapers, a daily and a weekly, asked me to write for them. Although they mentioned paying me, I didn’t believe it until I received that first check.

I was being paid for writing! That concept blew me away!

 

Do you have a favorite type of hero or heroine to write?

Cynthia Sax:  My favorite type of hero to read and to write is the Beast hero. I could read a book a day with the Beauty and the Beast premise.

Why do I love Beast heroes so much? They’re raw and primitive, often in pain and often misunderstood. They have dark rich histories and are often survivors. I find them extremely interesting.

 

When you’re writing, do you prefer silence or background noise?

Cynthia Sax:  I normally start with silence and then if the words aren’t flowing, I’ll try a variety of background noise or music until something works for me. Every scene, every story is different and requires different things. Sound is one more tool in a writer’s toolbox.

 

What is the scariest thing you face as a writer? How do you handle it?

Cynthia Sax: The thing I fear most as a writer is disappointing readers. I fear this so much I often have trouble writing the next story.

How I work around this is ensuring I have the next story already written before the current story releases. There’s always one story between the most recent story, the one I’m currently receiving reader feedback on, and the story I’m currently writing. That distance allows the words to flow.

 

As a writer, I’m sure you also love reading. Do you have a favorite book and what do you love about it?

Cynthia Sax: Loretta Chase’s Lord Of Scoundrels is my benchmark book. It is the book I re-read when I’m getting lazy with my own stories. That book has so many layers. Every line means multiple things. That depth is what I aspire to achieve with my stories.

 

I know most authors have a love/hate relationship with it. Have you found that to be true, and do you have any recommendations for new or aspiring authors?

Cynthia Sax: (grins) Yes, I don’t know many writers who LOVE the marketing parts of our wonderful jobs.

I have a huge issue with self-promotion, I think many of us do.

I remind myself that while talking about my stories might seem like self-promotion, it truly isn’t. I have a team behind me – an awesome cover artist, a wonderful editor, a savvy formatter.

I’m merely the face of this team and, as its face, it is my responsibility to talk about the stories. No one will see my cover artist’s beautiful covers if I don’t show them to people. No one will see my editor’s incorporated insights or my formatter’s easy-to-use table of contents if I don’t put my stories in the hands of readers.

I have to promote my stories. I can’t let down the team.

 

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The Cyborg’s Secret Baby

 A fierce cyborg warrior and his curvy human female share a no-longer-so-little secret.

Stealth, a K Model cyborg, knows his passion for Zebrina, the commander’s human daughter, is forbidden, yet he can’t resist the curvy female. He craves her touch, cherishes her sounds of pleasure, would do anything to keep her safe.

When he’s faced with the choice of protecting his fragile human or living to see the next sunrise, he chooses her, always her, sending Zebrina halfway across the universe to safety. He doesn’t realize their stolen moments had consequences neither of them believed possible.

After hearing her warrior died in battle, Zebrina focuses on the last gift he gave her. Doing what is right for their child is her sole priority. She will put their son’s happiness first, even if that means choosing another male over the love of her life.

 

The Cyborg’s Secret Baby is a STAND-ALONE story loosely connected to the Cyborg Sizzle series.

It is also a Second Chance Cyborg SciFi Romance set in a dark, gritty, often-violent universe.

Pre-Order for September 25, 2018:

Amazon US

 Amazon UK

 Apple/iTunes

 B&N

 Kobo

 Smashwords

 

Check out more of Cynthia’s books by visiting her website: http://cynthiasax.com/

 

 

Interview of Hearts on Fire Books, a small press in Missouri

Melissa Miller, owner of Hearts on Fire Books, previously known as Hearts on Fire Press, agreed to do an online interview.  I hope that as a writer, you will find this information to be informative.  If you’d like to contact Ms. Miller, she has provided her email at the end of the interview.

What genres does Hearts on Fire publish?
We accept all genres except for erotica and picture books.
 
Do you have an open submission policy? Do you accept books from anywhere in the world?
Yes, we have an open submission policy. You can find out requirements on the FAQ sections of the website. At this time, we are only accepting submissions from within the U.S.  However, that may change in the future so please keep an eye on our FAQ section for any changes.
 
Does Hearts on Fire publish just e-books or also print books? Are all of your books in print or just certain ones?
 We are an ebook publisher, as well as a print publisher. Since we are a small press, not all of our books are in print. The main deciding factor is word count and the popularity if your genre. Short stories are not in print at this time.  That does not mean that your book has to be a huge novel. However, the shortest books that we have in print are on average 150 pages in length. We may look into exceptions on a book by book basis.
 
If you have a top seller list, what are your top three best selling books?
At this time, my top three sellers would be: Casino, My Sister’s Keeper, and The Martin Files.  The first two are romance novels and the third book is a detective mystery.
 
Where can customers find your books? Any plans on where they will be found in the future (such as Barnes & Noble, Borders, etc)?
Hearts on Fire Books, Amazon, Coffeetime Romance, Manic Readers have listings of our e-books. Both Hearts on Fire BOoks and Amazon also have titles in print.  E-Titles on Fictionwise will be available in the near future; Barnes and Noblewill have print copies in the near future.
 
What do you look for in a prospective writer?
I look for well written stories that only need minimul editing. We don’t mind doing some editing, but we don’t want to sit down and rewrite an entire story.  We look for writers that don’t mind hearing some advice on how to better their work.
 
How many books do you put into print each month on average?
On average our policy will be 1-2 a month in print more in ebook. The number can vary depending on how many we have that needs to go into print. Our release date is the 15th of every month. We have been working around the clock getting books in as many places as we can but for a general rule: It will be just a couple a month.
 
Anything else you would like to say? Any suggestions for writers out there who are hoping to be published?
My advice for any writers that want to be published would be this: Take your work seriously, because if you don’t then editors won’t. Don’t send in sloppy work. Make sure you work has been edited and fine tuned to the best of your ability before sending it in. We want to see the very best from writers not their first rough draft copy that they spent a couple of hours on. If you feel are you ready to be published, we would be happy to look at your work. Send your submissions to heartsonfirepress@live.com