Author Interview: Cyd Sidney

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1.      Paperback, hardback, audiobook?

All of the above! I just love reading ❤️

2.      Pick a genre, any genre!

Romance and erotica are my preferred genres, but I also enjoy mysteries and fantasy novels (especially with romantic subplots).

3.      What is the first book you remember reading?

I grew up with a lot of Dr. Seuss books. Fox in Socks is one my first!

4.      What book shaped your childhood most?

Probably The Wizard of Oz. My mother read many of the Oz books to me, even after I could read on my own. They were bursting with color and imagination and I’m so grateful I could experience them with my mom.

5.      When did you first start writing?

I’ve dabbled in fiction since college, but something changed for me in recent years and I’ve gotten much more focused and dedicated.

6.      What made you want to write? Does it still hold true?

I have lots of stories in me and an imagination that won’t quit. It’s always been that way!

7.      What book/poem are you most proud of creating?

I wrote one really awesome poem in second grade, but beyond that, I’m most proud of my upcoming novella, One Step Forward, Two Steps Back. It’s my first book-length romance and it was so exhilarating to write.

8.      Did you publish your first book or is it for your eyes only?

I did! The only things I won’t publish are the things I don’t finish (there are quite a few of those).

9.      How many books/collections have you published so far?

Two: A novelette, A Fairy Tail Love; and a short story as part of an anthology, Erotic Bedtime Stories: A Faerie Tale Anthology.

10.   What genres do you write in (or hope to)?

Romance and erotica❤️.

11.   Do you do research for your writing or is it all in your head?

I do a little research, but I’m impatient so try to write things I know a bit about or can imagine easily.

12.   To plan, or not to plan your plot?

There is always a plan in my head, and then there’s the reality of what happens😅.

13.   What route of publishing have you chosen? Do you plan to stick with it?

I’m self-publishing now. I would switch to another route if I found a convincing reason to do so. I haven’t so far!

14.   If you could live inside another author’s universe, which one would you pick? (Ex: Middle Earth, Narnia, etc.)

Oz of course.

15.   Do you currently have a WIP?

I do! I’m writing a series of books set in the LA entertainment world and I’m working on the second instalment now. They’re each standalone romances with a few crossovers. My current WIP is the romance between a disgraced ballet dancer and the acting coach he’s had a crush on for years. Tropes include friend’s little brother, pining, opposites attract, and a dash of kink.

16.   Tell me about the character you’ve created who is dearest to your heart.

Joshua is one of the MCs of OSFTSB. He’s a young guy who’s kind of an old man at heart. I just love how spooked he gets about anything trendy or new. He’s super set in his ways but there’s so much he hasn’t experienced in life. It was fun writing uncomfortable opportunities for him to grow, and of course, find love.

17.   What do you consider your *current* magnum opus?

It’s funny but One Step Forward, Two Steps Back is my current magnum opus. I tend to write short, so 35K words feels like an epic accomplishment for me! Plus, I’m very proud that it’s a true-to-genre romance.

18.   Do you have a favourite romance in your books? Or, if yours features no romance, tell us about your favourite character friendship!

The one I’m working on now where one MC has had a massive crush on the other for years is fun, because they’re both at very different parts of their romantic journey. One is like, “This guy is cute,” the other is like, “I will love him for all of my days.”

19.   Do you listen to music as you write? Recommend a favourite writing song.

I sometimes listen to music, especially if I’m trying to drown out other noise. I have my favorite go-to bands I listen to on repeat, including OK Go, Scissor Sisters, and Death Cab for Cutie.

20.   Do you have any character art for your books, whether by you or another artist? (Be sure to credit/link if you can!)

I have a cover design and promos for One Step Forward, Two Steps Back from Kon Black (@BlackeKon). You can see them all over my Twitter profile and social media. I love them so much!

21.   If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring author, what would it be?

Just do it! You may never feel like you’re good enough on the inside, so learn as you go and don’t wait for someone else to tell you you’re ready.

22.   Have you entered any writer contests? Tell us about your experience!

Not yet! Except maybe a French essay contest in high school. Third place, hooray!

23.   Who are your top 5-10 favourite writers?

Alexis Hall
Charlotte Stein
Tessa Dare
Talia Hibbert
Cat Sebastian
Kon Blacke
Sibley Stamps
S. Rodman
A.E. Bennett
Lysander Arden

And I have a lengthy TBR full of folks that I’ve met here [on Twitter] and can’t wait to read!

24.   Link us your book/twitter/goodreads or wherever we can best connect with you!

Instagram | Twitter | TikTok | Website [where you can sign up for the newsletter!] | Books

Thank you for having me!

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