Author Spotlight #18

The Author: SaymyAli

SaymyAli is a romance writer crafting stories of dark love, life, and empowering female leads. She enjoys dancing, nature, horror movies, reading books, and laughing until her stomach hurts with friends and family. SaymyAli is an avid romance reader, and has gained over six thousand reads of her first published story Friendship Love Life.

The Book: The Past and Our Love

Having a bad past always ends your future. Worse yet, your future is filled with problems. Harley Davidson, married to a billionaire who is a monster she didn’t now. With a past that is chasing her, she is going through a lot. “How many men have used your pussy?” He said and I felt my heart spread shocks over my organs Matthew Perry, the youngest billionaire in the world. His lust for money is more than anything. Nothing will ever stop him from getting what he wants. “He was living my life. He stole my mother’s love, my money, my everything. And what did I get at the end? Nothing,” Matthew said, I was losing my control. Xavier knight, Matthew’s brother and the past of Harley. “I don’t remember anything but for one damn sure thing, this is my fault.” Guilt was eating me alive. What will happen if Xavier knight returns? What if he loves her? Will she forgive him and fall for him?

The Review: 3 stars!

The Past and our love is a story about fear and oppression in a dark relationship. This book deals with a lot in a small space, so be prepared to have your emotions torn to bits very quickly. It should come with a trigger warning, too – so many dark themes ahead!

It is a fast-paced window in the life of our MC, Harley, who has had to deal with some pretty dark stuff in her life. She’s managed to remain sweet and somewhat naive through it all, though, and finds herself married to Matthew – who seems to be the perfect partner for all of two seconds.

As the story gets going, we learn that the relationship is anything but perfect, and Matthiew is a man to be feared. He is cruel and cold and only adds to Harley’s problems. I felt bad for her – like I wanted to pull her from the pages and keep her safe.

Enter Xavier, the brother-in-law. I HATED him so much initially, thanks to some awful memories that pop up in our confused Harley, and although there are a few redeeming qualities in him, I couldn’t bring myself to love him by the end. I felt that he offered Harley what she needed when she needed it; a safe harbor, a friend, and an ally against Matthew and his deplorable rage-filled personality, but it all seemed a little too late.

The twists within the plot were interesting; SaymyAli kept spinning the truth and had me second-guessing everything. The changes of POV came a little too often for me; I would have loved to stay in each character’s head for longer, been given more detail and a longer piece of the story from each of them. This book truly is a snapshot, though, giving the reader a tiny glimpse into three characters that seem to live a high octane life. Throughout the book, the use of broken memory flashbacks was done well, adding to the characters’ tension and confusion and building the sticky web our protagonist used to keep everyone else entangled.

I hope that SaymyAli continues their story, digging deeper into the issues and chemistry between them all. But, with the ending she gave us here, I’m a little scared to enter this world again – who knows what terrifying things might happen!

The Interview:

What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book?

Nothing was surprising except how the readers interacted with the story, and how the story took its place.

Can you share with us something about the book that isn’t in the blurb?

When Xavier told Harley something important while she was on the bed at the hospital trying to survive.

Does one of the main characters hold a special place in your heart? If so, why?

Harley Davidson does hold a special place in my heart because of how she is dealing with her situation. Most people struggling with life think that ending their lives will help, but no, fighting is.

What was the inspiration for the story?

I started this story because of the pandemic actually and how the increase in rape abuse.

What is the key theme and/or message in the book?

First: Don’t ever judge a raped girl. She is already going through a lot. Second: Every past does define your future. That’s a fact. Third: Forgive and love.

What is the future for the characters? Will there be a sequel?

Of course, a sequel for sure. I’ve started writing it already, and have a few chapters left.

What were the key challenges you faced when writing this book? What was the highlight of writing this book?

I want to affect my readers, and that was the main challenge. I wanted to highlight what a raped girl suffers.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

Actually I don’t know. My brain just popped it out and I started writing.

Who is your favorite author, and why?

I don’t have a favorite, but if I have to choose, it would be Abbi Glines because her books affect so much

What are you reading now?

At the moment, I am a high school student and I’m fighting to get the best university and my book in the way so I haven’t planned yet.

Favorite book/story you have read as an adult, and what was your favorite book when you were a kid?

As an adult: The Rosemary Beach series, and as a kid: Dork diaries

What do you like to do when you are not writing?

Drawing, writing poems, studying.

What advice would you give a new writer, someone just starting out?

Have a heart of a tiger and never give up.

How do you handle writer’s block?

Ignoring it, and it worked.

What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?

Grammar, punctuation, and plot twists.

What comes first, the plot or characters? How do you develop your plot and characters?

Plot, then characters. Once you plan out the plot, the characters will develop eventually.

Describe a typical writing day.

Suddenly, I have an idea, and I take my essential equipment to a quiet place and drive to my imagination.

What is the most difficult part about writing for you?

Grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure.

When you’re writing an emotionally draining scene, how do you get in the mood? How do you deal with emotional impact of a book (on yourself) as you are writing the story?

I will cry and argue with myself to write the scene, but at the end, I will still write it.

How do you handle literary criticism?

I would get upset for an hour, but then I will get over it and start improving.

Do you hear from your readers much? What do they say?

Yes, in fact I made most of them my friends. They motivate and support me.

Where can readers find out more about you and your book, and are you on social media? Can your readers interact with you?

I’m not on social media often, but you can find me on Instagram, Facebook, and Goodreads.

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