Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Hi, my name is Sydney (yes, like Australia) and I love reading books. Writing them came a little later in life.
I have currently published one novel titled Henry (Christian Suspense) but have many books in process. The earliest I can remember writing is in the fourth grade when my teacher taught poetry and I was amazed at how words can come together and flow like music and dance. I love rhyming words and I love it when a good rhyme comes. Poetry is something close to my heart.
My other favorites include: coffee, tea, rainy days, the ocean, Maui, and … board games. I can stay up till morning playing board games.
Oh, and ever since I was a kid I wanted to be a mermaid.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is titled Henry. I wrote the first draft the summer after I graduated high school and I guess inspiration came from the plot line idea just one day as I was thinking about it (should I reveal the secret …. hmmm…) and I guess I just saw this girl who made a choice that effected her entire life and then there is this Ex-cop with his own dark past and somehow they’ve come together — but will it work? Is Prue too naive, is Henry worth taking the risk?
I am really glad how it all came together and after edits, I decided to go the self-publishing route and four years after the first draft it is published!
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I like to wake up early and write (which is very strange because since I was a toddler I’ve loved staying up, sleeping late, and have never been a morning person. When people talk to me in the morning my usual response is a grunt noise.)
I also like to have something drink in a big glass, usually it’s iced coffee, sometimes its hot coffee in a Panda or Elephant mug. I’m a multi-tasker so I like to drink coffee, write, listen to music, play pc games, and who knows what else.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I really love Eva Ibbotson’s young adult collection. A Company of Swans is a favorite, it’s the first book on my top book shelf. She really takes you to the time and place of the book, I feel like I’ve been there myself which is the best thing a writer can do, something I aspire to do in my own books.
In middle school I read all things Tudor and Medieval Times; my first attempted book was set in that period, but I also like books in Regency. I also read all things Cleopatra and if I could travel back in time I would go to Ancient Egypt.
What are you working on now?
A young-adult fantasy series and a poetry/short story collection book. I am hoping for the first two installments of the fantasy book to be release within the next month. The poetry book should be out in the next two months or so, perhaps earlier.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Hmmm…. I think ebook-promotion websites that have email blasts are a good choice. It gives readers in specific genres announcement of your book and gives a better chance they will buy it.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I’ve seen this advice from many authors and sometimes groaned during the days I was torn between writing—and writing. The desire and the action.
But it’s good advice, who ever started it. Keep writing. Keep doing. Keep going. Don’t worry about editing until the first draft is complete and then just think about fleshing it out.
Also, take breaks. Get out of the house, breathe fresh air instead of writing about fresh air. See a movie. Whatever inspires you.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
People will leave you. That is inevitable. But Jesus will never leave, God will never forsake you. Even when you’ve forsaken Him.
I’ve had many friends walk out of my life, tearing off a piece of my heart to take with them. They didn’t care enough to think if their actions hurt me, some actually just stopped acknowledging my existence, and others . . . oh, why go into more details, you’ve probably experienced the same. But one thing I was taught was that God will never leave me. When it’s dark, when I’m alone, when the house is silent, my phone isn’t ringing, it’s Saturday night and I have no plans except watching Property Brothers or being on the computer, and I take a step back, and think about all of that, somewhere in the stillness, in the quiet, is the answer. I’m not alone. God is with me. He sees me cry, sees the tears fall, because sometimes I do feel alone even when I’m not and He knows that. And that is sometimes better than words can say. God knows, God sees, and He is with me even when its quiet.
What are you reading now?
Good question. I’ve been on the hunt for a *new* book to read (I keep re-reading my favorite books) but I need to really put some time aside to actually read.
Books on my need-to-read-soon-list:
Unbroken by Laura Hillanbrand
Split Second by Kasie West
Soy Sauce for Beginners by Kirsten Chen (I’ve been meaning to read this for a while now and am curious to see if I like it.)
What’s next for you as a writer?
Lots of things, I believe and I am excited for what is to come!
What is your favorite book of all time?
A Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotson
Second Place: Cleopatra VII Daughter of the Nile by Kristiana Gregory (this was my all time favorite book after reading it in middle school)
Answers one day could change. I have many books I love.
Author Websites and Profiles
Sydney Paige McCutcheon Amazon Profile