Please welcome with us today Synithia Williams, author of the opposites attract contemporary romance Worth the Wait! I got to ask Synithia all questions about the story, her favourite TV shows and what we should be on the lookout from her. So join us, and if you share with us your favourite playboy, you could even win one of her books!
Stella: Hi Synithia, welcome to Book Lovers Inc! Can you please tell us a bit about yourself?
Synithia: Hi Stella! Thanks for having me here today. I started writing with my first book when I was six. It was a hobby that I always went back to, but didn’t actively pursue until 2010 after watching a colleague drop everything to pursue her dream. Outside of writing, I work full time on sustainability issues in the Midlands of South Carolina. I’m married with two boys (who are a handful but loveable). Outside of the working, writing family stuff, I’m a sucker for British television programs. I’ll spend all day watching Merlin, Sherlock, and Downton Abbey just to name a few.
Stella: Are you a planner or pantser? Can you tell us a bit about your writing process? How do your novels come to life?
Synithia: I’m a little bit of both. Usually my books start with a “what if” idea that can go anywhere. Lately I’ve worked harder on making outlines. I plot out the main points and what the purpose of each chapter should be in an effort to make sure my pacing doesn’t fall off. But my spontaneous nature can’t be suppressed, and I often go in different directions when the characters start taking over.
Stella: What do you think is the difference between a reader and a real Book Lover?
Synithia: A reader only does it because they have to. Just think about our high school classmates that rushed through a book because a report was due. A real Book Lover has a hard time switching to e-books because they love the feel of a real book. And even when they switch and love the convenience there are still certain books they have to own. A Book Lover can spend an entire day ignoring everything and everyone around them because they’re so engrossed in a story. A Book Lover wants to smack individuals who say “I don’t read” as if it’s something to be proud of.
Stella: Your latest novel, Worth the Wait was published on 6 January, congratulations! Can you tell our readers what they can expect of it?
Synithia: Thanks so much! Worth the Wait is a modern take on the virgin sleeps with a playboy theme. I took the leap of making my heroine an older virgin who’s grown frustrated with the difficulties her virginity has caused in her dating life. The book opens with an example of what she’s up against. I included a snippet below.
“Look, Tasha, It’s been fun going out with you, but unless we have sex tonight this needs to end right now.”
Tasha Smith’s jaw dropped. She stepped back from her date, clenching her keys in her hand. She was at the end of what was previously a nice dinner and movie date with Charles Worthington, a software developer her sister had introduced to her weeks before. It’d been so nice that she had planned to invite him in for coffee, and only coffee, but apparently he wanted more.
She raised an eyebrow as her eyes narrowed in on him. “Excuse me?”
He tugged at the corner of his shirt and shifted slightly, his caramel skin and hazel eyes quickly losing their appeal. He stopped fidgeting and stood straighter, his stance becoming defensive, and she glared back.
“Look, it’s commendable that you’re a virgin, but I’m a man with needs. If you can’t satisfy those needs, then it’s best we move on.”
She looked away from Charles’s face to the silent street before her home. There were a few lights on in the other single family houses. Ten minutes earlier the cool night air and faint scent from the roses along her porch would have been romantic. But now they set the scene for another disappointing date. She’d hoped—in vain—that Charles would be different.
Stella: Could you introduce the hero and heroine of Worth the Wait to us?
Tasha Smith 29
Tasha is the Deputy Director at the Central Midlands Recreation Commission. Tasha is a strong woman, but slightly naïve. She enjoys reading, watching basketball and working in her garden. Her family is very important to her. Every Sunday is spent having dinner with her family. She likes her job, but really wants to get married and have a family one day.
Jared Patterson 33
Jared is a personal trainer who started his career helping Hollywood stars get in shape. He now owns a production facility where his line of health food products is manufactured and several gym franchises. He’s against falling in love and has witnessed the fickle nature of women. He thinks he can enter into this deal with Tasha with no repercussions, but ends up falling hard.
Stella: If Worth the Wait were to be made into a movie, who would be your perfect cast?
Synithia: Jared would be played by Dolvett Quince from the Biggest Loser. Tasha would be Cree Summer back during the early seasons of A Different World.
Stella: Now can you tell us 3 reasons why people should read Worth the Wait?
1. It’s a different twist on a familiar theme.
2. Every time you think you know what’s going to happen the story goes in another direction.
3. The passion between Jared and Tasha is hot.
Stella: Could you please summarize Worth the Wait for us Twitter-style (in 140 characters or less)?
Synithia: A virgin tired of her nonexistent love life asks a playboy for a one night stand? Will it be Worth the Wait?
Stella: What is your favourite part of a romance novel to read or write? The beginning, the first meeting, first kiss, getting to know each other, first love scene, big fight, HEA, or something else?
Synithia: I love the first kiss. It’s nothing like reliving those moments of anticipation to kiss that person that get’s you all hot and bothered. And of course, I love the happily ever after. If I do a silly school girl sigh at the end of the book then it’s definitely a keeper.
Stella: What is next on your schedule? Any future plans you’d like to share with us?
Synithia: Yes, my third book A Heart to Heal is scheduled for release May 6, 2013. If you read Worth the Wait then you’ll meet the characters in A Heart to Heal. The hero, Devin, is Jared’s friend and the heroine, Shalya, is a friend of Tasha’s. They have a rocky past that they must overcome to find their happiness.
Stella: Could you share with us something, a trivia that not many people know about you?
Synithia: Hmm, I collect tea pots and really want to have a tea party one day.
Synithia Williams has loved romance novels since reading her first one at the age of 13. It was only natural that she would begin penning her own romances soon after. It wasn’t until 2010 that she began to actively pursue her dream of becoming a published author. Her first novel, You Can’t Plan Love, was published by Crimson Romance in August 2012. When she isn’t writing, this Green Queen, as dubbed by the State Newspaper, works to improve air and water quality, while balancing the needs of her husband and two sons. You can learn more about Synithia, and her novel, by visiting her website, where she blogs about writing, life and relationships.
When a virgin frustrated by her nonexistent dating life asks a playboy for a one-night stand, can they really ignore their attraction after the affair?
After Tasha Smith is dumped yet again because of her virginity, she decides it’s time to stop saving herself for marriage and start dating like women in the twenty-first century. She sets out to find a man rumored to be good enough in bed to relieve her of the nuisance, but discreet enough to keep her request a secret.
Jared Patterson seems like the perfect candidate. Yet after one searing kiss, she wonders if she’ll escape a night with him unscathed. Jared’s job as a successful fitness instructor and entrepreneur has helped him keep a string of meaningless relationships from the east to the west coast. After learning the hard way that women can’t be trusted, he has no qualms going from one sex-only relationship to the next. Although Tasha is one of the few types of women he avoids—a good girl—the man in him can’t turn down her tempting offer.
What starts out as a onetime thing quickly turns into an affair neither want to stop. But when an unexpected situation drastically alters their relationship, it leaves them both asking if it was Worth the Wait.
Synithia has generously offered an ebook copy of You Can’t Plan Love to one lucky commenter!
All you have to do is answer Synithia’s questions: Who is your favorite book, tv, or movie playboy?
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This giveaway is open to everyone!
Giveaway ends on 9 March 2013 and we will announce the winner on Sunday.