Interview with Crimson Syn, Author of Scarred By Pain
15 Sep 2020
What can you tell us about your new release, Scarred By Pain?
Scarred by Pain is part of the Royal Bastards MC world. Taron ‘Knuckles’ Brown is the newly appointed Sergeant at Arms who doesn’t quite seem to fit in with the rest of the members. He believes he isn’t deserving of love, that is until he meets Dyanara. She herself has suffered at the hands of her family and when she meets Knuckles, she sees him as so much more than how he sees himself. It’s an explosion of emotions and has become my favorite book to write.
What or who inspired you to become an author?
I was bullied all throughout elementary and high school. A teacher once told me to write what I felt in a journal and instead, I started writing short stories. At the age of sixteen, I wrote my first book, a vampire story. I got so lost in that make-believe world, I just kept writing and haven’t stopped ever since.
What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?
Top five books are hard but these are the ones I’ve read the most:
Pride & Prejudice by Judith McNaught
Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton
Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught
Mr. O by Lauren Blakely
The Second Child by John Saul
It’s a mixture of Romance and Horror, for sure.
Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask
Laurell K. Hamilton would be my first guest and I’d ask her how in the world she keeps track of all her characters. Who inspires her, and if any of her characters have ties to her life.
What’s your favorite thing about writing?
Creating different worlds where my characters could play and my readers could indulge.
What is a typical day like for you?
I am a Human Resources Manager. So for the most part I work full time at a resort in Florida. I get home, take care of my family, feed the dog, and then sit down in my comfy chair and put some words down. I feel like I’m getting somewhere in a storyline or in my work if I type at least 1000 words a day.
What scene from Scarred By Pain was your favorite to write?
There’s this one scene where Knuckles has to go visit a powerful Voodoo Priestess by the name of Madame Laveaux. She lives deep in the bayou and he’s afraid of what he may find when he meets her. Their interaction, and the way she sets him in his place, was one of my favorite scenes. I also enjoy learning new languages when writing. The book is filled with Spanish and Creole phrases.
Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?
One can only help those who make an effort to help themselves. I live by that motto on a day to day basis.
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