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Meet Up and Coming Author, Cydney Rax


Single mom Tracey Davenport became a mother at 17, the same age her daughter, Lauren, is today. Now, at 34, Tracey is too hot to trot, and Lauren may not be able to compete. Although Lauren has been seeing her college-age beau, Aaron, for a few months now, to her mother’s relief, she wants to wait before having sex. Of course, that doesn’t mean that mom has to wait! When Aaron catches Tracey off guard one day, and catches her eye, the attraction between them heats up the room—and Lauren begins to wonder what’s up. Now, what began as a harmless May-December flirtation is turning into a steamy secret affair that could very well end in heartbreak for all


Cydney Rax Interview with PeopleWhoLoveGoodBooks


When did you decide you wanted to write?


I think wanting to be a writer is a result of reading a lot of books. As a youngster I read voraciously and it is easy to entertain thoughts of writing, but back in the day, it's like no one really makes money doing this so if you do it, you write for fun, for the love of it. But the event that specifically made me say I WANT TO DO THIS is reading Disappearing Acts by Terry McMillan. I was instantly enthralled with the novel. It was so different at the time, so contemporary, so real. And by the time I got through reading the last word, I went straight to a computer and started writing. I'll never forget that. Terry was so good at what she does, that she made a lot of other people want to be writers.


How many novels in all have you written? To be honest, I have written many novels, probably five or so, plus there are a lot of partially written stories. What happens is you think about all the books you've written and you try to pick the one that you feel has the most commercial appeal. My Daughter's Boyfriend was the third novel I'd written but it was the one that I can envision being on a bookshelf.


How long did it take you to write your first novel? I wrote from December 1999 to October 2000. It was amazing because you're so excited and you just can't wait until you're done. Writing block attacked me a few times and that was a scary experience but I managed to write that last word and immediately started looking for an agent. The funny thing about it is even after I'd written the book, I was still changing things around, new scenes were coming to me, so the process was ongoing.


Where do you get your inspiration for your stories? Let me tell you, I think I get ideas for stories on a weekly basis. Whew! And those ideas stem from things I read in a magazine, a newspaper, wherever. One thought leads to another and you began to ask yourself 'what if'. And all these ideas start blasting off in your mind and you really have to put a stop to it or there will be too many unrealized ideas which isn't a good thing.


Are the characters based on real people?? One time I tried to write a character based on someone I know and the results were disastrous. So based on that experience it seems better to just let the characters emerge. I try to give them real, emotional reactions and feelings to make them seem genuine, but no, the characters will not be based on actual people.


What made you decide to write a story like "My Daughter's Boyfriend"? I was sitting in the lobby of a movie theater one Saturday and thought what would happen if a guy had a girlfriend but started liking his girlfriend's mother. That's it! You do the 'what if' question and you start thinking about characters, their ages, what they are like, how would they react, etc. The story isn't based on me (I don't have a daughter), or on anyone that I know. I had to use my imagination. But, interestingly enough, I read an article in Teen People Magazine. It was about these girls whose mothers were babes. Their moms were youthful looking and very attractive, and the girls' boyfriend would be checking out the mom. So this does happen but people don't talk about it a lot. It's scandalous and they don't want people to know that they're attracted to their daughter's boyfriend. But it seemed that the scenario would make a good story so I went for it.



After writing your first novel, did you self-publish?? If so, how was that experience?  I didn't self-publish. It was my third option, my plan C, so to speak. I always wanted to get picked up by a major publishing house, but if that hadn't worked out, I probably would have self-published, or approached a small press. I feel very fortunate that my debut novel was published by Random House, a place I never imagined would pick up my book.


Do you plan to write a sequel to "My Daughter's Boyfriend"? I do not seriously plan to do a sequel, but from time to time have entertained those thoughts. I am thinking if I did a sequel, it wouldn't focus on the mother, but on the daughter during her college years.


What feedback have you received from fans?  So far, everyone that has e-mailed me have enjoyed the book. People liked the story, but they don't like the mother Tracey. They see her as very selfish, which is understandable. But I was hoping that even though we have this main character who makes bad choices, that people would still look past that and hopefully find the novel entertaining and thought-provoking. The reaction has been amazing and I am grateful to all the book clubs and author promotion websites that have featured My Daughter's Boyfriend. It's a dream come true.


What authors do you admire? Did one of them inspire you? Lots of authors inspire me; and I admire so many of them. I always mention Terry McMillan because she was my initial inspiration. I love her dialogue and she's very funny in her books. I wish I could be like her, writing universal and wide-reaching stories about strong women. I also like the works of Margaret Johnson-Hodge, Sheneska Jackson, Bebe Moore Campbell, and Marissa Monteilh. Cheryl Robinson is a newer author and I love her style. As far as male authors are concerned I love Alexs Pate, E. Lynn Harris, RM Johnson, and a slew of others. I just cannot name them all. I remember years ago, I said I wanted a career like Kimberla Lawson Roby (minus all the traveling). Her audience has grown with each book and that's what every author desires.


Is writing your only passion? I absolutely love reading magazines. It's an addiction and I mostly like mags such as Essence, Today's Black Woman, and Upscale. But I also gotta get my celebrity entertainment news so US Weekly satisfies those cravings. Anything that has to do with entertainment, women's issues, fashion and shopping, things like that, I feel passion for those things. Oh, and getting spiritually fed is important too.


Where do you see yourself in 5 years? My dream is to keep writing fiction and to do different kinds of novels with non-traditional characters. I want to spread my wings and start doing socially conscious storylines that make people think, and feel, and nod their head in agreement, or squirm because the material is filled with painful truths. Being safe, valued, happy and fulfilled are very important and that's where I want to be in five years.


What advice would you give aspiring authors? I would say please know that the industry is crowded right now. It seems that everyone is writing and publishing a book. This means that the industry is more competitive, readers have more choices and they might not automatically choose to buy your book so you have to come out strong and hard. You should have an original voice with a story that demands attention. Make people care about what you've written, write with passion, include different twists, and bring honesty to your work. Don't let rejections get you down. Be determined to succeed, keep the Lord in the mix, and you may fulfill your literary goals.


What would you like readers to learn from your stories? A Cydney Rax novel is not going to be like everyone else's, at least not my initial books. Right now the stories that are coming to me include characters that people may find difficult to understand, but please know even if you aren't likable, it doesn't mean you don't have a story to tell. Be open to the different ways that stories are told, don't put writers in a box thinking they have to do stories the same old way all the time, and know that every experience we have, good or bad, causes us to be the people that we are. I think that's what my stories say: we've all been through hell and we all can survive those troubling times.


Are you working on another novel? What is it about? The second novel is called My Husband's Girlfriend; it's a steamy and controversial love triangle between a husband, his wife, and a tripped out other woman. I've worked very hard on this book and I hope people will check it out.


Where can people purchase your books? Do you have a website? You may buy my book online at or . It's also available in national chain stores such as Waldenbooks, Barnes and Noble, and Border's.


Please visit my website(s). I have two of them:


Thanks Shay for the marvelous interview questions. And thanks good people for buying or reading My Daughter's Boyfriend. You've made my dreams come true. God bless!

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