Celebrating POC Authors in Fantasy: Aziza Sphinx
Pounds of pecans and plates of peaches, a southern drawl to boot; Aziza Sphinx sees the world through a canopy of weeping willows while stopping to smell the roses. Family matters, and not just blood, for those who take care of us are the truest who stand and fall during the winding road. When the hills and valleys of the journey summon and the pen becomes mightier than the sword, this is the world Aziza Sphinx breathes for.
Interview with Kish Knight
What genre(s) do you write in?
Speculative fiction and Fairytale retellings
When did you decide that you wanted to write in your Genre?
I had little choice in the matter for I am but the scribe bowing to the whims of the voices in my head.
What things in your life do you draw inspiration from?
I draw inspiration from people watching and nature. The more I read and broaden my horizons about history and heritage the more my characters float to the forefront to tell their tales.
What is the purpose of your writing? Is there a specific message that you hope to convey?
For myself and my characters it is always the story behind the story. Navigating the complexities of the human condition and explore perspective and possibilities through an unconventional eye. My stories specific place women in roles traditionally dominated by men and provide an example and foundation to the beauty that can exist when challenges are approached from a feminine perspective.
How much of yourself is reflected in your writing?
I think more of me shows up in some stores and less in others. I definitely see much of my spiritual beliefs and perspectives in the approaches my characters use to overcome obstacles. I am very much open minded and willing to learn from others, work together and sacrifice for the greater good which is reflected in most of my characters' experiences. And having walked with darker side of life for most of my life those bumps in the night and perspectives on Death are challenges we, me and my charterers, face together in their tales.
What can readers expect to see from you in the next year? Any new releases, features, or celebrations?
My Book A Licentious Storm is set for release October 2020, Book 2 of the Naverro Vampire tales is scheduled for release early 2021, I also have a Hansel and Gretal short story to be included in and anthology entitled Villains. 2021 will also be the introduction of my Wraith of Reapers Series with book 1, Read'em and Reap, scheduled for late 2021
Plan A? Free herself from serving her demon, finish college, and then get the hell out of Dodge. You see, it wasn’t Alicha’s fault that her life was on borrowed time, since her mother had saved her life as a child by turning to one of the Dark Princes. So escaping that life was Alicha’s plan until her master sends her out on a Dream-Walk that lands her dead-center in the middle of an immortal show-down. Scratch Plan A, and Plan B too….New plan, C? Gather her team, seize one of the Dark Kingdoms, rise to power in the immortal world and….. and maybe she can be left the hell alone for once. Once she has enough dark power, she can make herself fully human again. Only….She didn’t expect to find Hunters living in her town, Hunters who existed solely to eradicate any and all dark forces, no exceptions made. A cruel twist of fate then, to find herself falling deeply in love with one of these Hunters. Can Alicha rise in the ranks in time to regain her humanity before her lover is forced to slaughter her next?