Sydney Aaliyah Michelle is a Contemporary Romance writer, a voracious reader and movie fanatic who hails from Texas.
After surviving 5 1/2 years living in China, she had the courage to finally pursue her passion and become a writer.
Sydney has been blogging at sydneyaaliyah.com for three years, where she interviews people about their tattoos, discusses her favorite movie quotes, and journals about her writing and editing process.
Sydney's novels tackle that dramatic world that is college and professional football and she writes heroines that love their men and the sport that they play.
She identifies the sci-fi action flick "The Matrix" as the best representation of her life in the past. She is now blessed to be awake and doing what she loves.
She can recite the entire script from the 80's teen comedy/drama "The Breakfast Club" and loves any and everything associated with the Avengers Movie, especially Tony Stark.
When it come to books, Sydney reads different genres, but some of her favorite writers are Stephen King, Alex J. Cavanaugh, J.A Huss, M. Never & Emily Bronte. Under the Dome, The Great Gatsby & Wuthering Heights are her favorite books.
Genres: New Adult & Adult Contemporary Romance
Author of: Anxious Love (Love Sick Series Book 1)
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Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a Romance writer, voracious reader, tattoo lover, and movie fanatic who hails from Texas. After surviving 5 1/2 years living in China, I found the courage to finally pursue my passion and become a writer.
Are you an action, paranormal, or romance type of person?
I love action and paranormal movies. I read action and romance. I write romance. I have an appreciation for all three.
Tell us about your latest release.
Anxious Love is book 1 in the Love Sick Series. It is a story about trauma, isolation, courage and love. With over 100 reviews, its' an emotional novel dealing with mental health, overcoming trauma and finding the courage to love and be loved.
Blurb: Hopeful about his future after overcoming loss, Ryan Ware is living his dream life as a first round draft pick. He’s enjoying every crazy minute of fame, fortune, and gorgeous women.
Despite being the most sought-after writer in romance, severe anxiety keeps Leah Jones isolated. Having a regimented life keeps the triggers at bay that could put her back in the hospital, perhaps permanently.
A chance meeting in New Orleans, Leah’s brown eyes capture Ryan’s heart, and he vows to learn more about this reclusive beauty.
Can Leah’s anxieties withstand Ryan’s crazy life? Can Ryan learn enough about real love to be the right man for Leah?
Do you have any upcoming releases in what’s left of 2016?
I have a Christmas Novella coming out in Spicy Christmas Kisses 2 Anthology in November. Hope for Us All is a Christmas Novella with the characters in my Hope Series. Carrington & Jackson, newly engaged have to get through Christmas with the family, first.
What can readers expect from you in 2017?
2017 is going to be an interesting year for Sydney Aaliyah Michelle.
I've been writing all summer and hope to have several publications in 2017.
Love Sick Series Book #2 & #3, which sticks with my sports romance love.
Highland Park Chronicles - new sexy romance, light BDSM, series. I have three written already, Salvage Him, Educate Him, Observe Him.
I also have a couple of novella and another Christmas novella with the characters in Highland Park Chronicles.
Which of your books was your favourite to write and why?
Anxious love was my favourite novel to date. I went through every emotion my characters felt as I wrote it. From extreme highs, to anxiety, tears, passion & love. Ryan & Leah are amazing and brave characters and I rooted for them even though I knew what was going to happen. It's the only one of my books that I have read over and over again and don't want to change a thing.
If you were stranded on a desert island with one of your characters, who would you pick and why?
Oh, that's hard. Making me choose between my children. haha. I think I would like to be stranded with Ryan Ware. He's big and strong and pretty good with his hands, so I think he could build a great existence for us on that island. He's a bit goofy, so endless entertainment. Besides, he is incredible gorgeous and knows how to please. ;-)
Have your family ever read any of your work? What do they think about it?
My cousin/BFF is one of my beta readers. She critiques my sex scenes. My mother has read my other books, but I told her not to read Anxious Love. The word f--k is in the first sentence. She may have secretly read it and not told me, though.
What’s the best reaction you’ve ever received over one of your books?
A review of Anxious Love said it had some of the best sex scenes she has every read. That's pretty cool.
I've also had people who suffer from anxiety tell me I captured it perfectly. They go through what Leah goes through everyday.
What was your favourite book as a child?
How to Eat Fried Worm by Thomas Rockwell. I still read it. It's about friendship, bullies, love, keeping your word, family support and overcoming challenges. It has gross out humour, too, which I love.
Who are your must-read/one-click authors?
Anything written by Stephen Kings. He is the best storyteller.
When I start a new novel, I read The Great Gatsby. It inspires me to pay attention to settings and description.
For romance, I one-click JA Huss, Cora Carmack, Willow Winters, Raven St. Pierre, Gemma James, & M. Never.
What book has made you cry the most?
I recently read Sordid by Nikki Sloane. The book was excruciatingly hard for me to read. The emotions were raw and triggered some things in me. I cried throughout. I loved it because I worry about pushing my characters too far in my books. Nikki took me over the edge, but she brought me back safe and sound.
What is your drink of choice while writing?
Not a very original answer, but coffee. It doesn't keep me up, so I can drink coffee all day.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
I love to travel, but it' s so expensive. If I could fly, that would save me some money and I could go anywhere I want to go. I'd be fearless if I could fly.
What is your favourite season?
I love winter. Love sweaters and boots. Love hot apple cider and chili. I usually take a trip to New York or DC during the winter months so I can wear big coats and stroll the streets people watching. I love Christmas and New Years. It's all about family, good food and lots of laughing.
Are you a morning person?
I am a wanna be morning person. I'm in morning person training. Since June, I've been waking up 15 minutes earlier every month, trying to train my body to enjoy mornings. I'm at 7:15 and at my desk by 8:00 am. I want to add one more hour to my morning.
BUT, if I had no responsibilities. I'd stay up until 3:00 am and sleep until 11:00 am every day.
What book are you reading now?
I'm a book before the movie kind of person. I'm readying Inferno by Dan Brown. The movie comes out soon. Dan Brown is another one-click author for me. He puts out a book once every 2 - 3 years, so he's easy to keep up.
For those who are new to your work, which book would you recommend starting with?
I would start with Anxious Love. It's my favourite and I've improved my writing with each book, might as well start with the best-written book. Next, I'd read Another New Life. It's my debut novel and the most personal. Deals with some heavy issues of abuse and promiscuity in the back drop of sweet second chance love story.