BJ Cyprian, Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight

In this intriguing, page-turning, and slyly humorous tale, readers will find themselves pulling for three unforgettable women confronted with an unusual opportunity to address age-old social, political, racial, and economic hot-button topics.

Dominique “Dom” Samuels is a wealthy, reclusive computer genius living a life full of anxiety evoked by tragedy. Her acute awareness of the injustices suffered by minority communities makes a logic-based artificial intelligence program of her own creation preferable to people. Until, that is, a man appears on her doorstep with an ingenious idea that turns her isolated existence upside down.

Rose Jenkins is a tough but compassionate urban school counselor with a mission to protect at-risk youth from the heartbreak of drugs and violence that took away two of her brothers. When another brother, Robert, is released from prison, healthy and free from his addiction, he opens her eyes to a mysterious group with an entirely new take on social justice.

Layla Green is a police crime scene technician who finds herself at the scene of a grisly murder with no physical evidence and an unidentifiable victim. Then Layla’s eidetic memory zeroes in on one solitary clue — a video game console. When a stranger helps Layla and her partner, Rachel Vasquez, access the console’s protected files, things take a twist none of them could have predicted.

Shadow Resistance leads its readers on an innovative, thought-provoking journey — and to a new take on timely social topics. Even as this book serves up its compelling story, it delivers an invitation to step into the shoes of those who may be different by remembering the humanity of others.

Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about author BJ Cyprian whose book Shadow Resistance compelled from beginning to end. I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love politics but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for BJ Cyprian, a biography of the author and an interview between me and BJ Cyprian will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful BJ Cyprian!

BJ Cyprian has harbored a passion for writing from a young age. It took her a while to get around to writing her first book because frankly, she wasn’t sure she had anything to say that others wanted to hear. After years of successfully posting Facebook posts regaling her friends with stories about her life, she thought maybe she did have a unique voice.

After the 2016 election, BJ felt just as agitated as over 50% of the population and felt like she might actually have a whole story in her mind. Tired of her underestimating herself, her wife Shauna threatened to divorce her if she didn’t just sit down and write the damn book. Well, okay, perhaps it wasn’t that serious, but Shauna did tell her she needed to do what was in her heart. (Obviously, BJ favors sarcastic hyperbole over heartfelt “aww” moments.)

Shadow Resistance is BJ’s debut work, centered around injustice, humanity and the history of racial tensions in the United States. The goal of the writing is not to anger but to make the reader think and try to find the empathy and critical thinking humanity seems to have misplaced.

When she’s not writing, she’s driving her wife insane playing Playstation 4, reminding her wife of why she married her in the first place in the form of gourmet cooking, and working to fund all three, (games, food and the wife) in the financial services industry.

Now, how wonderful does BJ Cyprian sound?! BJ Cyprian is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of BJ Cyprian’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between me and BJ Cyprian, I hope that you enjoy BJ Cyprian answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!

Thank you for joining us today at Red Headed Book Lover! Please tell us more about yourself

I was born in raised in a small town in North Texas. I was brought up in a very religious environment, which turned into great fun when I realized I was a lesbian. I spent much of my teenage and college years in the gospel music scene. I’ve been a gospel drummer, choir director, and recording artist. After I left that behind, I began a career in finance, which I have been working in for 15 years.

My biggest accomplishment was somehow sweet talking the most beautiful woman I’ve ever laid eyes on to date me and then to eventually marry me. We’ve been married for coming on 5 years in April.

Outside of writing, I dabble in the kitchen, (gotta prove my worth and all), I enjoy playing video games, and I watch TV and spend time with my wife, Shauna.

Could you please tell us readers about your book and what inspired you to write your book?

The catalyst for writing the book was the 2016 election. Lately it seems like everything has become politicized and I found my very existence and the existence of my loved ones among those politicized topics. I initially started to novel out of anger, but then I took a step back and realized that I couldn’t write in anger. That was the problem with the country already. I had to write from a place of humanity, that became my goal and I hope that I accomplished that.

The book has several themes in it. It examines the historical aspect of prejudice and racism. It talks about education, sexuality, gender issues, It tell the tale of three women (and their friends or sidekicks as I call them) who all have a reason to be angry at the world, but who instead, once they are thrown together, decide to try to change it.  However, the heart of the novel is humanity. If you strip away the differences in wealth, race/ethnicity, religion, education, and opportunity, we’re all still just humans. We are flawed, we make mistakes, but the only way to truly heal is to face the truth of how we got where we are head on.

What would your advice be for aspiring writers?

Whoa, I’m not sure I am one to give advice. At this point I feel like I’m still just an aspiring writer myself. I will say that this process is difficult, tedious, and not for the faint of heart. It’s like a relationship. Every relationship has its highs and lows, its triumphs and tragedies, but if you truly love it, you’ll stick with it… the same goes for writing.

In your opinion, what is the most important thing about a book?

I think for me, a good book should make you examine the world around you. Whether it’s fantasy, mystery/thriller, romance or whatever, all are written by people who were translating the world around them in their own creative way. I feel like any good fiction book will draw the reader in and they will look for aspects within their own life or psyche.

What is your writing process like?

I keep getting asked this and I have no idea how to answer it, really. I don’t feel like I truly have a process. I get an idea and I just see how the story unfolds. I’ve tried several different “methods” but that’s just what works best for me.  I guess I’ll keep that process until it stops working.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

For this particular book, dealing with topics like racism, homophobia, trauma, misogyny and the like… I sadly have much personal experience with all of those. The historical and medical aspects I researched as I went. I didn’t research ahead for this one, although I’m fairly sure that won’t be the case for most books.

Do you have a set schedule for writing, or do you only write when you feel inspired?

I don’t have a schedule really. To be frank, I work a 40+ hour work week staring at a computer, and there are evenings where I just don’t really feel like coming home and staring at it some more. Once I got in rhythm there were evenings where I would zone out and write for hours. Sometimes I had to marinate on what was written and determine how I would proceed.

Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

I read, but given my job, I often have to use audiobooks as a substitute.  My go-to artists tend to be Dean Koontz, Rick Riordan (Yes I know he’s YA, but I’m a kid at heart and, come on! Mythology!), Steve Berry, James Patterson… okay, this list is getting long so I’ll stop here.

Lastly, when can we readers expect to read more wonderful books from you?

Shadow Resistance is going to be a series, so you won’t see the last of Dom, Layla, Rose, Vasquez, Robert, Ryan and SARA. The last thing I want to do is rush the sequel and have it be sub par in comparison to the original. Right now I’m working on another standalone novel that *should* be considerably shorter than Shadow Resistance. (although I make no promises.) While I wish I had a big named publisher or agent, the bright side is that I have no deadlines to meet outside of personal ones. I’m hoping to have my current work in progress out by 2019.  I’m also planning on doing fun things with the Shadow Resistance on my website while I work out the next book. I just need more registered users to do it. So… READ MY BOOK!!! 🙂

Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with BJ Cyprian! If you have liked what you have read about BJ Cyprian and are interested in learning more about BJ Cyprian and reading BJ Cyprian’s work, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the preview too! You will not regret it.

Goodbye for now book lovers,

Shadow Resistance: Amazon U.S. – Amazon U.K. – Goodreads

B.J. Cyprian: Website – Twitter – Facebook  – Amazon Author Page – Goodreads Author Page


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