MY INTERVIEW WITH MY AUTHOR SORAYA NAOMI
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
My name is Soraya Naomi and I write contemporary romance and romantic suspense.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
I’m a huge fan of mafia stories. I like stories with an edge and darker themes. I don’t like mundane, perfect characters. I prefer characters with flaws, and they fit well in an anarchic world like the mafia.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
Because of Godfather, Goodfellas, and The Sopranos
What kind of research did you do for this book?
A lot of research is needed to write mafia. You need to learn everything about guns and drugs and torture methods. Most research comes from books, peers, and Google.
Can you tell me about your Series?
I’ve written the Chicago Syndicate series, which is a mafia series (currently 9 books published) consisting of standalone novels.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
Yes, Black Hat Hacker (book 6)
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
Godfather, Goodfellas, and The Sopranos
Was it always meant to become a series?
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I write best in the mornings. I don’t set daily writing goals. I write when I feel most creative.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
Yes, Where the Devil Hides
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Some have a special meaning. Sometimes I pick names just to diversify. I don’t want a book with names that all start with an “A”, for example.
Where do your ideas come from?
Everything. From daily life, news, friends, shows
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
Yes, Historical Romance because I adore reading it.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
I’m multilingual, and English is not my native language, so sometimes I edit way too much.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I think they’re cool, but for me, they haven’t generated extra exposure.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Having a successful series in Kindle Unlimited
What’s the best thing about being an author?
You can plan everything yourself. You decide when it’s time for writing or when it’s time for marketing. And you can work wherever you want In the world!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Still being a writer 😉
Have you always liked to write?
Yes, I was a Narrator Champion in high school (I read The Witches for the entire school and won first place). And I’ve always entered writing contests since I was little.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Don’t look at others. You have to make your own plan and find what works for you.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
Then I’d be (cover) designer
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I read some reviews, but I never respond. A review is one person’s opinion and I know that my books are edited well and that I put a lot of time in plot and characterization. Authors must learn to not let all the opinions affect your course.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Sometimes it’s a lonely existence
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
They call him the merchant of death.
I call him the devil.
After I met Jackson Bale, I never forgot the
commanding man who was so devastatingly handsome yet equally vicious. Even
though he doesn’t remember me at all, that one chance encounter changed my
However, when I make one mistake, he cages me.
I’m dragged into the illicit underworld of Noir, where ruthless Jackson reigns
supreme. Where he tries to break me.
Jackson thrives on playing sensual games with
his opponents. On being in control.
And he terrifies me, even as he draws me in.
Until I discover that there are secrets inside
Noir that will crumble the foundation of his empire.
The same secrets that will save me.
What starts as a kidnapping gone wrong turns
into a sordid love affair that may destroy our lives forever.
Where did your love of books come from?
Roald Dahl and Disney
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
So many, but one of my all-time favorites book is The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Adriano Montesi because he’s badass and naughty to the max
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Other books distract me!
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
My series is known to be original. I do use tropes, but I take a lot of time in tweaking unique plotlines that haven’t been done yet.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I kind of do my own thing in my own little world
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Life always goes on
Where can your fans find you and follow??
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For more information about the novels and author:
WEBSITE – www.sorayanaomi.com
FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/sorayanaomi.author
READER GROUP – https://www.facebook.com/groups/chicagosyndicate/
TWITTER – www.twitter.com/Soraya_Naomi
INSTAGRAM – www.instagram.com/soraya_naomi
BOOKBUB – www.bookbub.com/profile/soraya-naomi
AMAZON AUTHOR – amazon.com/author/soraya.naomi
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️