Interview with Aziza Sphinx

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I'm a Georgia peach born and raised and my characters have an affinity for Georgia as well. From the beach to the mountains, waterfalls and marsh lands my characters have a vast playground to live and roam. I love to add bits and pieces of my home state in my writing to give my readers a taste of GA they may never experience first hand.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing since I was a least seven or eight years old. My mother was an English teacher so I've had a fascination with reading and writing since a young age. I didn't write my first full length novel until I was an adult but I spent the years before that writing bits and pieces of stories and song lyrics.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Allowing my characters to share their stories is the greatest joy of writing.
What are you working on next?
I have a couple of projects I am currently working on. One is a haunted house story with a bit of a historical flare. The other one is a romance with the main female character having a job in a traditionally male dominated line of work.
Who are your favorite authors?
Laurell K Hamilton, Amanda Stevens, Shirley Hailstock, Charlaine Harris, Lysay Sands, Amanda Ashley, Kelley Armstrong.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a game junkie but I also like to get out of the house and enjoy nature. I may take a drive to the mountains or spend the day at the drag strip. I also love foreign films so when the weather doesn't permit me to spend too much time outside you'll find me parked in a movie theater or in front of the television watching a movie.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
A Moment Before Midnight was the first story I ever wrote. Though it has changed a lot from its original version, the core of the story remains true.
What is your writing process?
My process varies depending on what I am working on. For some of my books, I am able to sit down and just write. I tend to know how a story starts and how it ends and it is just a matter of how the characters have gotten from the beginning to their end. I've done some using outlines but they are usually more notes jotted down as the ideas come to me.

In many cases I don't write my stories, my characters do. They vie for attention in my head and whoever wins out is whose story I work on. Some days they play nice, others it is like a concert crowd yelling in my mind. But in the end I feel its all worth it when they smile in my mind after their story is complete.
What do you read for pleasure?
I currently have an affinity for paranormal books at the moment. I love some hunter series like the Anita Blake series but I'm also enjoying Kelley Armstong's YA trilogies.
Published 2013-08-22.
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