About Sydney Aaliyah Michelle:
Sydney Aaliyah Michelle is a Contemporary Romance writer, a voracious reader and movie fanatic who hails from Texas.
After surviving 5 1/2 years living in China, she had the courage to finally pursue her passion and become a writer.
She can recite the entire script from the 80’s teen comedy/drama “The Breakfast Club” and loves any and everything associated with the Avengers Movie, especially Tony Stark.
When it come to books, Sydney reads different genres, but some of her favorite writers are Stephen King, Alex J. Cavanaugh, J.A Huss, M. Never & Emily Bronte. Under the Dome, The Great Gatsby & Wuthering Heights are her favorite books.
What inspires you to write?
I have been creating stories in my mind for as long as I can remember. My inspiration comes from all sorts of avenues: other books, music, a line in a movie, a character trait from my best friend, a situation my friends, family or I get into. Reading inspires my writing as well. I read a lot and learn lessons from everything I read. I know a book is good if it inspires me to want to sit down and write something.
In life, anything creative inspires me. I am in awe of anyone who creates something from nothing to something, whether it’s a book, a painting, photograph, or a tattoo. I include bits and bits of everything in my world in my writing. Since being a writer is my passion, the fact that I get to write, inspires me, especially in those times when I don’t feel like writing.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am a plotter. I write character sketches, setting sketches. I create a scene list and try to assign a motive for each scene before I start writing. Once all that is done, I sit down and write. I try and stay as flexible as my brain will allow during the first drafts, so I give myself permission to create scenes or characters as I write if the need arises, but the planning is so important for me to get the words on the page.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do talk and listen to my characters. I have played out every scene with different scenarios in my head well before I sit down and write. My latest novel, one scene popping into my head and I dreamed about it several nights in a row. It came to the point where I had to write the scene before doing anything else. It turned out to be a great scene.
I love planning my novels, but it always happens, my plans take a turn because the characters want to go in another direction.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write and write, read, read, read and write more. That’s Stephen King’s advice, but I believe it 100%. To be a good writer, you have to read.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My publishing track came about because of my impatience. I would love to get an agent and publish with a top five, but the odds of that are so long and I didn’t want to wait any longer to publish. I was ready now. I did my research and have been thrilled with my choice of self publishing. I feel so much more in control of my career then I would if I had to answer to others.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think like with everything, the industry and its successes and failure will continue to go in waves. I think self publishing will continue to be a popular method of getting books out their for unknown authors, but I think the quality of those books will push the industry to a new point. Whether that’s good or bad remains to be seen.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Contemporary romance
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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