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Interview with Cyn Alexander

Where did you get your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc come from?

Cyn: My love for writing definitely came from my love of reading which stemmed from childhood. I was always a bookworm and an advanced reader in school. Once I hit middle school I got my hands on The Coldest Winter Ever and that was when my love for urban fiction began. From there I started writing my own stories until one day I worked up the courage to become published!

Any author(s) that you feel influenced your writing?

Cyn: Sista Soulja was the beginning, but I don’t feel like my writing is influenced from her. I feel like I pull more from Deja Joy King and Ashley & Jaquavis. Their abilities to keep series going and interesting coupled with their cliffhangers and u predictable plots are definitely incorporated into how I write my own books.

What inspires you?

Cyn: I'm lucky to be able to pull inspiration from a lot of things. Reading anything is my first go-to if I’m in need of some inspiration, but I’ve had cases of writers block and inspiration will strike from watching a TV show or listening to music. Sometimes my dreams even inspire my work.

What are your top 3 favorite books of all time?

Cyn: Can I co all 7 Harry Potter books as 1? Lol if so, I’ll say Harry Potter, The Hate U Give, and The Bitch Series by Deja King

Do you do anything else but writing in the literary world?

Cyn: Yes! Kenya Redd and I own a company called Indie Ink. It’s a one-stop-shop for all indie authors. We do custom book formatting, book covers, editing, flyers, book trailers, and typing services. I also took ok my first ghost writing project a few months ago and I think that’s a service I’ll start offering as well!

What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

Cyn: I honestly try and write for at least an hour every day. If words are flowing then I just write until I can’t anymore. I try to give myself weekends off, but again, if my characters are talking to me then they take too priority.

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Cyn: Don’t get discouraged. Growth in the writing industry takes a lot of time and patience. Promote your book every chance you get and keep looking for ways to better yourself. You’re a force to be reckoned with. Don’t ever forget that!

Which one of your books is your favorite?

Cyn: Now that’s a tough question. They’re all my babies and I try not to choose favorites...but if I have to I would say Baby, it’s Cold Outside. I put my all into that book and I’m very proud of it.

What are you working on now?

Cyn: Right now I’m getting ready to drop my collab with Elbie Dee titled Bosses Link Up: The Deadly Divas. That drops on 11.29! I’m also working on part two of Billion Dollar Baddie.

Where can readers find out more about you & your work?

Cyn: Join my reading group! Cyn City Reading Group. All my links are posted in that group and I also drop exclusive content in there for only my readers as well as giveaways and book discussions!

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