Interview with Cynthia Sax

What do your fans mean to you?
I write for myself. I publish stories I think other people might enjoy. I call my readers 'reading buddies' because I hope they will be with me for years. I never want to disappoint them.
If this is part of series, how did you come up with the idea for the series?
Dark Thoughts is the first story in the Refuge series. We first meet Kralj, the hero of this first story, in one of my other series. He was so fascinating I knew I had to write his story. Dark Thoughts is a standalone and assumes you haven't read any of my other stories.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love 'meeting' new characters and finding out more about them. My characters drive my stories.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I started as a Trad writer, publishing with small publishers, mid-sized publishers and eventually a big New York publisher. I enjoyed that experience but I didn't enjoy the lack of control, especially around my series. I didn't like that other people were deciding how many books I could write in a series, ending my series before I wanted to end it. It was pure luck that I was able to finish many of my series. Indie writers are able to write as many stories in a series as we want. That makes me and my readers happy.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
I need to have the next story written before the current story releases. If I don't, my muse goes on strike. I get wound up and the words don't flow. This is a challenge because it means I can't release a story as soon as I have it completed. But on the upside, readers always know what is releasing next.
When did you first start writing?
I've always written. My first stories were written with crayon on the wall (my Dear Wonderful Mom wasn't thrilled about that - grins). I sent my stories to publishers to help pay for my reading habit (I read, on average, a book a day).
Describe your writing process
I'm a pantser and a linear writer. Pantsers write by the seat of their pants. I start a story with a glimpse of the first scene and that's it. I don't know how the story will end. I don't know what the next book in the series will be. I'm also a linear writer which means I have to write the scenes in order, starting with Chapter One and writing until the end. I can't jump around with scenes like some other writers can do.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I'm the granddaughter of a farmer. I grew up in the country. My fascination with evolutionary biology, the science that factors heavily in my SciFi Romances, is rooted in my family's farming background. Farmers ARE scientists. They might not always use the fancy science terms but, for example, every farmer would tell you to choose the top egg producing hens to supply the next generation of chickens. That's evolutionary biology.
What drives you to keep on writing?
I love writing. I have always written. When I was a young girl, I wrote in my diary every day. I blog under different pen names for fun. Writing non-fiction allows me to organize my thoughts. Writing romance allows me to escape the world for a while, go on grand adventures, meet new 'people.' I might stop publishing my stories if readers no longer want them but I'll never stop writing stories.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Indie publishing isn't as difficult as you think. Because I thought going Indie would be challenging, I delayed taking that step until I absolutely had to go that route. Then I found out, by partnering with a great cover artist, editor, formatter, an awesome company like Smashwords, being Indie published wasn't much more difficult than being Trad published. And WOW, I had so much more control over everything. It's wonderful and I love it.
What’s your vision for the future of publishing?
There IS a future of publishing. I think that's important to know. When I first started writing, folks talked about how reading was doomed, in a decade, we'd all be watching videos, not reading, the days of books were numbered. Now, a decade later, folks worry that one bookseller is too large. In contrast, isn't that a nice problem to have?
There will always be a need for great storytellers. The formats might change but the need will remain.
Published 2018-07-14.
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Books by This Author

Warlord's Bounty
Series: Chamele Barbarian Warlords. Pre-release—available May 14, 2019. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,240. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Wanted: One Barbarian Warrior. The bigger the bounty, the more dangerous the target. Khan, a Chamele Warlord, has a huge bounty on his head. His enemy wants him captured and is offering any being in the universe an outrageous number of credits to accomplish that. Khan wants to be captured, but only if the being apprehending him is a tiny, brown-eyed female.
Choosing Chuckles
Series: Cyborg Space Exploration. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,560. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A Cynical Cyborg Meets A Bad, Bad Female. Chuckles hates all humans. In the past, humans betrayed him. That treachery caused permanent damage to his muscular form, resulting in a lifespan of pain. When the primitive D Model cyborg answers a distress call sent by a pink-and-blue haired, sparkly human female, he knows it’s a trap. He still has to respond to her fake cry for help. She belongs to him
Warlord Sky
Series: Chamele Barbarian Warlords. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,390. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
No one grounds a barbarian warrior. Qulpa, a Chamele warrior, lost everyone he loved in the brutal Succession Wars. Flying is the only thing that brings him joy. Serving as his team’s pilot is the sole duty he has left. Then a horrific crash leaves him injured and unable to fly. The one being who can help him is also his gerel, the female destined to be his.
Dark Arsenal
Series: Cyborg Sizzle. Price: Free! Words: 19,440. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
A cyborg warrior and a Rebel female’s first mission together might be their last. Arsenal considers himself to be a disposable cyborg. He drifts from assignment to assignment, forming no connections to anything or anyone. When the cyborg council requires a warrior for a high-risk mission, Arsenal volunteers. He believes no one will miss him if he dies. He doesn’t realize he’s one female’s fantasy.
Dark Cure
Series: Refuge. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,590. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
A warrior seeking forever faces a medic living in the moment. Gisella, the Refuge’s medic, is dedicated to her role. She doesn’t have the space in her lifespan for love, a mate, or children. Healing is her entire focus. But she’s also a female in her prime. She has needs, wants, cravings…especially for a scarred, long-haired barbarian warrior temporarily residing in the settlement.
The Cyborg's Secret Baby
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,160. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
A fierce cyborg warrior and his curvy human female share a no-longer-so-little secret. Stealth, a K Model cyborg, knows his passion for Zebrina, the commander’s human daughter, is forbidden, yet he can’t resist the curvy female. He craves her touch, cherishes her sounds of pleasure, would do anything to keep her safe.
Dark Warlord
Series: Refuge. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,130. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Battling the Barbarian… All Chamele Warlords have a destined mate, a gerel they are fated to spend their lifespans with. Batu, being genetically enhanced, believes he’s the sole exception. He devotes himself to battle, is resigned to living a solitary life, dying with swords in both of his hands. Then he sees her.
Dark Fire
Series: Refuge. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,480. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
What the Beast wants, the Beast gets. Dare’s savage nature has made him an outcast among his kind. The silver-scaled Dracheon warrior can’t control his inner beast. It’s too strong. When his primitive instincts told him his destined mate was on Carinae E, he had no choice. He had to travel to the outlaw planet. There, he hoped to meet a female powerful enough to survive his Drache.
Taking Vengeance
Series: Cyborg Sizzle. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,360. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
The only force stronger than their hate is their love. Vengeance hates all humans. They killed every being he ever cared about. When the huge C Model cyborg is told he’s genetically compatible with the enemy, he makes it his mission to capture the female and use her to expel all humans from his home planet. That should be disappointingly easy. She’s a weak, fragile human.
Dark Strength
Series: Refuge. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 55,840. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
The Bigger They Are, The Harder They Fall. Balvan, the Refuge’s Gatekeeper, is huge, green, and has a reputation for crushing skulls. He’s a modified humanoid, genetically designed to be the ultimate warrior. One of a kind and considered monstrous by many, he never expects to find his mate, the one female meant for him.
Knowing Zip
Series: Cyborg Sizzle. Price: Free! Words: 12,830. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Abducted by the cyborg warrior of her dreams. Zip is the last of his friends to find his female, the one being meant for him. He isn’t certain she exists until he hears her voice over a transmission. A self-proclaimed systems deity, he researches his curvy little human and discovers she dreams of being abducted by a big, strong warrior. Zip plans to make his female’s fantasies come true.
Seeking Vector
Series: Cyborg Sizzle. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,200. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
A cyborg with a secret… A female seeking the truth… Vector, the C Model captain of the Freedom, is a cyborg many warriors wish to emulate. He fights fiercely, leads with honor, has earned the respect and loyalty of his crew. But no being, not even a cyborg, is perfect. Vector has been hiding a dark truth about his past. If his secret is exposed, he could lose everything.
Dark Flight
Series: Refuge. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,790. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
His mission. His challenge. His forever. Orol has been given what he believes is a simple mission—escort two human females to the settlement. The winged warrior arrives at the meeting site to find one of the females missing and the other aiming a gun at his head. To rescue the first, he must capture the second. Once he has Rhea in his talons, however, he realizes he never wants to let her go.
Ghost Of A Machine
Series: Cyborg Sizzle. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,920. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
(5.00 from 1 review)
Fragile. Stubborn. His. Ghost, a C Model cyborg, has disconnected his machine from his human side. Severely damaged, he knows two things—the curvy human female on his ship belongs to him and he must keep her safe. He’ll stop at nothing to protect her, claim her, make her his.
Dark Thoughts
Series: Refuge. Price: Free! Words: 59,720. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Can love redeem a monster? The Refuge is home to the most violent beings in the universe. Kralj, its leader, reigns over the remote outpost with terrifying ease, ruthlessly squashing any rumors of rebellion, killing anyone who breaks his rules. Primitive, deadly, powerful, he’s a monster, scarred both on his face and his soul. He has never met a being he couldn’t control. Until he meets her
Hers To Command
Series: Cyborg Sizzle. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,100. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Three Battered Hearts. One Perfect Love In the midst of a war, enemies can become lovers and loyalties can change in a moment. Can a forbidden relationship between two cautious cyborgs and one unbending human Commander survive?
Jumping Barrel
Series: Cyborg Sizzle. Price: Free! Words: 12,710. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
He requires an Expert. She needs a hero. Barrel requires an Expert for the Tau Cetian orphans. Nola wants the role Barrel is offering so badly she bends a few truths. When a fact-morphing human academic meets her battle-worn cyborg warrior, deceptions are revealed, passions flare, and circuits sizzle. The candidate least qualified for the role becomes the one candidate Barrel can’t let go.
Chasing Mayhem
Series: Cyborg Sizzle. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 55,640. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Wild. Free. Hers. Mayhem has spent his lengthy lifespan obeying the Humanoid Alliance’s rules. Finally free from their cruel control, the cyborg warrior plans to cause chaos. He infiltrates a remote settlement, provokes the savage locals until they want him dead, and allows himself to be captured by the sexiest little Retriever he has ever laid his mechanically-enhanced eyes on.
Being Green
Series: Cyborg Sizzle. Price: Free! Words: 13,980. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
Can a stubborn scientist and a sexy cyborg make love grow? Green, a cyborg warrior, cares for one being—his plant Windy. When Windy becomes sick, he’ll do anything to heal her, even venture across the universe to visit a worlds-renowned plant doctor. He doesn’t expect to find love. Being Green is a short companion story in the Cyborg Sizzle series and is meant to be read after Releasing Rage.
One And Done
Series: City Sizzle. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,470. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
He wants one night. I want forever. Hit it and quit it—that’s Smoke Sheridan’s relationship philosophy. The tall, dark, and dangerous club owner never spends more than one night with any woman. He seduces the broken-hearted, leaving them with smiles on their faces and a sexual confidence other men can’t resist. I need his services.
Seducing My Billionaire Boss
Series: City Sizzle. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 25,740. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
This job and this man are mine. I have to land the position Robert Reyes, the CFO of Powers Corporation, recently posted. My friend’s health depends on it. I’ve heard the rumors—that Rob will require… extra duties from this new hire. He’s young, handsome, intelligent. Pleasing him won’t be a hardship. Not falling in love with him will be the big challenge.
Defying Death
Series: Cyborg Sizzle. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,960. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk
He’ll risk it all for one moment of happiness. Cyborgs don’t show emotion. Death learned that lesson early in his long lifespan. To survive, he hides his fierce passions behind a stoic wall. He calls no warrior friend. He never admits to caring for any being. Even the human female he’s destined to love.
Crash And Burn
Series: Cyborg Sizzle. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,860. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk
Crash was manufactured to be one of the best warriors in the universe. The cyborg has spent many human lifespans fighting the enemy. But, unlike his battle-loving brethren, he doesn’t enjoy killing. When he escapes the Humanoid Alliance, he vows to never end another life. Then he meets Safyre, an infuriating human female, and he considers breaking his vow.
Breathing Vapor
Series: Cyborg Sizzle. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 55,530. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Vapor is the most advanced cyborg the Humanoid Alliance has ever developed. He’s a finely honed weapon, a warrior without parallel, half man and half machine. No lock can contain him. No being can stop him. Whatever he wants, he takes. He wants Mira Breazeal, the Designer’s daughter.
The Good Assistant
Series: City Sizzle. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,460. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
My boss, John Powers, represents everything I want in a man. He’s the CEO and founder of a powerful company, that position having made him a billionaire, striking in an I-survived-a-bar-brawl sort of way, and too clever for my sanity. I’m his assistant and desperately in love with him. I’d willingly serve him both in the boardroom and in the bedroom.
Releasing Rage
Series: Cyborg Sizzle. Price: Free! Words: 58,440. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Half Man. Half Machine. All Hers. Rage, the Humanoid Alliance’s most primitive cyborg, has two goals—kill all of the humans on his battle station and escape to the Homeland. The warrior has seen the darkness in others and in himself. He believes that’s all he’s been programmed to experience. Until he meets Joan.
One Night With My Billionaire Master
Series: City Sizzle. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 26,000. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Erotica » Romance
One night. No one must know. This is the text I sent Logan Ross this morning. The billionaire financier is my father’s number one nemesis and has been pursuing me for months. He wants to own me, completely, promising exquisite pleasure balanced by equally intense pain, vowing to dominate me, to show me wicked things a virgin like myself shouldn’t be interested in.