Please welcome Synithia Williams to my blog! Her latest release is Just My Type, a friends to lovers romance, and so far it’s getting stellar reviews. Check out the interview below and an excerpt from the book.
Tell us about yourself.
Hi Delaney, thanks for having me on your blog today! For those of your readers who don’t know me, I’m a local government employee by day, romance writer at night, and spend my time taking care of my husband and two boys in between. So basically, like most women, I’m very busy.
What inspired you to write Just My Type?
Just My Type started out as just an idea for a novella. I’ve always liked friends to lovers stories and thought about exploring that with a guy that wasn’t the typical alpha male. But, Freddy and Janiyah’s romance couldn’t be contained to the size of a novella.
Is there a scene in the book you particularly enjoy?
Yes, it’s a shower scene. I love it because it’s the first time Janiyah discovers just how much Freddy likes her. Up until then, he’s ignored or denied there was anything simmering between them, but after she witnesses what he does in the shower, it’s hard to deny. I’d love to give the excerpt, but there is a PG-13 rating for your excerpts. :)
Do you have a single book or character that’s dear to your heart?
All of my characters and books are dear to my heart. Each one seems the most important as I’m writing them.
Which of your books has sold the best so far and why do you think that is?
My second book, Worth the Wait, has done the best. I think it’s the complete opposites attract between the hero and heroine, and a little bit of the fairy tale ending. Inspired completely by the wedding scene from A Different World when Dwayne begs for Whitney.
Do you have a favorite hero/heroine you’ve written? What makes them special?
Again, they’re each my favorite as I’m writing, so I’ll tell you what makes Freddy and Janiyah so special to me. With Janiyah, I like how she decides to prove her family wrong when she realizes they view her as irresponsible. I also like how she doesn’t back down when she discovers Freddy cares for her, but also refuses to put up with his concerns when they threaten their relationship. She’s a fun, flirty, confident character that knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to go after it.
Freddy is kind of one of my fantasies. A good guy who can turn on the naughty side at the right time. He’s very principled after watching his parents struggle to pay bills and keep up with appearances. He doesn’t think he and Janiyah will work out as more than friends. But when they do get together, he puts aside the “good boy” attitude and shows Janiyah just how naughty he can be. As one reader told me, she’ll never look at accountants the same again.
Which heroine from your books do you most closely identify with and why?
I identify with all of my heroines. I love Janiyah’s willingness to try new things and not let people pigeon hole her into the type of role they think she should have. She knows herself and loves her life, and so few people have that.
On your road to mega stardom, what types of interesting or odd jobs have you held?
Let’s just hope one day I’ll become a mega star and can say my oddest job was local government employee.
What can readers expect from you next?
I’m working on proposals for the next stories in the Henderson Family series. So if you enjoy Janiyah’s family then hopefully you’ll be excited to see how love plays out for her three brothers. And, like most authors, I’m always thinking of new ideas and working on various projects.
Thanks for the fun interview, Delaney. Readers can find me online in the following locations:
My website: www.synithiawilliam.com
I’ll be doing a virtual book tour with Tasty Book Tours in July for Just My Type with lots of fun posts, reviews, and a prize. So be sure to check that out!
Janiyah Henderson may be an adult, but her dad doesn’t see it that way. Granted, she’s enjoying her post-college life of little-to-no responsibility, but when her dad announces at a family meeting that she can’t handle working a “real job”, there’s only one thing to do: land a desk job and prove him wrong. When her brother’s best friend, Fredrick Jenkins, needs a new assistant, she knows she’s the perfect candidate. So what if she’s had a crush on the conservative accountant since she was nine? She’s the last woman Freddy would fall for.
But Fredrick is far from impervious to Janiyah’s charms. Though he can’t help but be attracted to her, he knows Janiyah is more interested in eating his cereal and teasing him than viewing him as more than the good guy next door. When he offers her the job, he can’t imagine her giving up her late mornings and colorful outfits for 8:00 a.m. meetings and pantyhose for too long. But as Janiyah excels as his employee, he fears he’s in danger of falling hard for a woman he shouldn’t care for.
Pretty soon the attraction they’ve tried to ignore boils to the surface. And after Fredrick shows Janiyah the man behind the numbers, she’s ready to show him that she’s just the type of woman he needs.
Janiyah turned in the direction Marlena indicated, but her guy was nowhere to be seen. Instead, she made eye contact with a pair of light brown eyes that sent a familiar jolt through her system. It was the jittery feeling she got—and tried to ignore—whenever it came to Fredrick Percival Jenkins, aka Freddy. He was her brother Aaron’s best friend, and he’d spent so much time in her house as a kid he was like a brother.
He’d always been there. Hanging around playing video games with Aaron. Helping her with her math homework whenever she got stumped. Helping her go through college applications before graduation. Handing back her heart, crushed and broken in his hands, when at seventeen, she’d tried to give it—and her virginity—to him.
She would forever be embarrassed for throwing herself at Freddy back then. But thankfully, they’d made an unspoken agreement to never bring it up. Now they shared a close, but strictly platonic, friendship. They lived across the hall from each other. He teased her about the men she dated or her choice of colorful outfits, and she gave him grief about his exciting life of PBS documentaries and button up shirts.
She turned back to Liz. “You all were talking about Freddy?”
Liz sighed. “Don’t you know about his recent success?” Liz must have read the WTF look on her face. “You live right across the hall from him, but know nothing about what he does all day.”
Janiyah shrugged; it didn’t push away the discomfort that she’d somehow done wrong for not taking more of an interest in Freddy’s job. He was an accountant, for goodness’ sake. How interesting can it be looking at numbers all day?
Marlena grinned. “He’s smart, successful, and fine as hell. In other words, Columbia’s most sought after bachelor.”
Janiyah looked at Freddy then back at the woman. “Freddy?”
Then it hit her: Desiree was that woman Freddy broke up with a few months ago.
Freddy strolled over. “Hello, Janiyah, bright as usual.” His toffee colored gaze slowly roamed over her.
There went that damn feeling she tried to ignore when he looked at her like that, a stomach flutter followed by a slight clench. No matter how much her brain understood, her body sometimes forgot that she and Freddy were incompatible with a capital I. Freddy was as straight laced as they come, and even she would snort if someone used those words to describe herself. A complete turn off for a guy like him.
She tried not to care; he wasn’t really her type. Granted, he was good looking. If she were into conservatively dressed, light skinned guys, with sophisticated square framed glasses. He was five foot ten, taller than her, but not exactly towering. He made up for his lack of height with muscles. And, boy, did Freddy have nice muscles. He lifted weights routinely, the most exciting thing she thought he did. He also had a dimple in one cheek going for him. It only made rare appearances if she could coax a full blown smile out of him, and the canine tooth on his left side was crooked in a cute kinda way.
She gave him her brightest smile and bumped his shoulder with hers. “You love my dress, admit it.”
“You look like a stop sign,” he said in his usual voice that was part lecture and part teasing. In other words, the same tone her brothers used.
“And like that sign, I stop traffic.”
The corner of his mouth twitched. Dimple appearance a negative. “That you do.”
It was great to have you on my blog, Synithia! And this sounds like an interesting story – not just friends to lovers but opposites attract. And you’ve got me really curious about that shower scene. ;) Wishing you much success!