Hello everyone! Welcome to another Spooky Author Spotlight ! These will be posts where I discuss and showcase, predominantly women and people of color, their writing talents and published works. So without further ado let’s get on with the Author Spotlight!
Meet the Spooky Author
Aziza Sphinx is a firm believer that reading and writing go hand in hand. A southerner through and through she loves her peaches and pecans while curling up with a good book. A master of resourcefulness, her love of research leads her down paths of discovery that touch every aspect of her writing. Her love of reading ignited her passion for writing leading her to frequently fill page after page with tales of her beloved characters’ adventures. An influence and an adversary she loves to sprinkle facts about her beloved Georgia throughout her fictional worlds.
What and when started your love for writing?
I started off as a lyricist. Music was my first muse. I didn’t venture into full length novels until 1998-1999 and I’ve been writing them ever since. I’ve always been a reader and being surrounded by music and literature my entire life the love of words has always been with me.
Of all of the book genres, what drew you to write about yours?
Ironically, I don’t know that I actually “chose” to wring in my genre. As an empath I channel my characters and transcribe the stories they give to me. I do read a variety of speculative fiction, so I am sure that plays a role in the tales my characters tell.
What’s your favorite Halloween/Horror/Mystery story or character?
The Raven. Its not just the subtle macabre of the story itself; the memory and mourning of the main character and the rueful psychological undertone, but the rhythm and cadence of the way the story is written. I love the description and user of Onomatopoeia that gives it a melodious feel while toying with the idea of seeking answers from nature.
What is one thing about Halloween or the spooky season that you can’t stand?
The age limits placed on people having fun. If a teenager wants to trick or treat I am more than happy to share in the moment. There are so many other things they could be getting into than trying to get candy from those willing to give it away.
What makes your book(s)/writing special?
I think it is the story behind the story. Not just from a thematic approach but the relationships of the characters and how people can see a bit of themselves even in the discussion of darker topics. And while a lot of what we are seeing pushed right now in the realm of Black Speculative Fiction is serious in nature, I’d like to think my stories are more fun fiction and quick reads that don’t necessarily focus on politics and overcoming societal struggles.
So…what are you working on now?
I have a couple of stories I’m toying with. I am hoping to release the first two books of my Wraith of Reapers series in 2022 where Death broke “the rules” and now everyone must pay. I also have a sci-fantasy I am nearing completion which explores my character’s approach on the existence of life on planet Earth and beyond.
It was so great to meet you Aziza ! I’m wishing her all the best in her amazing writing journey. If you want to get in contact or connect with her you can through:
Thank you all for reading and remember:
Live. Love. Laugh.