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Saturday, April 15, 2006

Guest Blogger Sylvia Day

Everyone please welcome Scamps and Vamps guest blogger and bestselling author, Sylvia Day! She's answered some of the questions you asked last week. Please feel free to ask more, though!

1) Who is your favorite bad boy (does not have to be one you have written)?

The Rock. Yum. *licks lips*

2) If you could turn any of your books into a film which one would it be and why and who would you like to play the lead roles and why.........
Emma

I would turn SAPPHIRE'S WORTH into a film. It's a futuristic with heavy historical elements, so visually, it would translate beautifully onscreen. It also has a lot of action, and those are my favorite movies--action/adventures with lots of special effects. The Rock would play my hero. I'm not sure about my heroine. She's brunette and extremely kick-ass, but very voluptuous. Angelina and Charlize are too tall. Jennifer Garner isn't buxom enough. Salma Hayek would be closest to perfect, but her accent isn't right for the setting.

It's extremely rare that I base my characters on actual personalities. Some authors use photographs or clippings, but I don't, so it's hard for me to cast the roles. :)


3) Which is your favorite genre?

As a writer, I love futuristics, but think I write historicals best. As a reader, 90% of the books I read are historicals.

Who is your favorite hero?

That I've written--it's a tie between Wulfric in SAPPHIRE'S WORTH and Gerard in THE STRANGER I MARRIED.

That I've read--I've got a ton. Christopher Antoli (from Shelby Reed's THE FIFTH FAVOR), Ruark Beauchamp (from KEW's SHANNA), Jack Devlin (from LK's SUDDENLY YOU), Rhett Butler (from Margaret Mitchell's GONE WITH THE WIND) and Remington Carr (from Betina Krahn's THE LAST BACHELOR) That's only a few of the many. *g*

In real life--my mom, for being a single parent to two wild daughters with no support at all from anyone.

With which heroine would you like to swap the place? Oh man... Any of the heroines from the stories I listed above.

If you could travel back in time, which historical person would you like to meet and why? Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. What a character she was! A trendsetter and renowned great beauty, she gambled and partied like mad, had a famous ménage relationship with her husband and another woman, was an intimate of Marie-Antoinette's, had a child not her husband's, and countless other goings-on. Never a dull moment.

4) How do you manage to juggle a family and writing for different publishers?

I'm blessed with children who have a variety of interests and don't require me to entertain them. In fact, they often tell me to leave them alone because they're busy. *g* I'm also blessed with editors who work with my agents to schedule my releases and due dates to maximize my time and distribution. I still end up at my computer about 16 hours a day, with no days off.

What is your typical writing day like?

I get up, turn on the computer, and while it's downloading mail, I start a fresh pot of coffee. I read email while waking up, then I start work. I work until bed usually, which is around 1-2 am. It's not all writing though. There's Passionate Ink business that needs attending, and a host of writing-related items that need to be managed everyday.

Tell us about you next book and when it will be out. - Karen

My next book is DREAMS OF THE OASIS II with Ellora's Cave. My futuristic short story "Treasure Hunters" is in there, along with six others from various fabulous authors. That releases June 21st. Then in August, I have DECLASSIFIED: DARK KISSES (the print anthology of my Ellora's Cave vampire series) and my next Brava ASK FOR IT. It's the story of a popular rake who falls in love and is jilted by his fiancé. Four years later they meet again when secrets from her late husband's past come back to haunt her. It's the first book I ever wrote, so I have a soft spot for it.

ASK FOR IT - Brava
England, 1770. Beneath the silk and lace of London society lies a secret, elite organization of spies. Protecting the Crown from its enemies is hazardous, but for Marcus Ashford, protecting his heart from an unyielding passion is the far greater peril…

A MATTER OF DANGEROUS INTRIGUE…

As an agent to the Crown, Marcus Ashford, the Earl of Westfield, has fought numerous sword fights, been shot twice, and dodged more than any man’s fair share of cannon fire. And yet nothing excites him more than the primitive hunger his former fiancé, Elizabeth, arouses. Years ago, she’d jilted him for the boyishly charming Lord Hawthorne. But now, the elegant widow is his to defend, and he will do so while tending to her other, more carnal needs, showing her the depth of a real man’s desire…

…AND UNDENIABLE PLEASURE

Dangerous secrets led to the murder of Lady Hawthorne’s husband, secrets she now holds in a diary many would kill to obtain. But to entrust herself to the protection of the most seductive man she’s ever known? Outrageous. Unthinkable. Irresistible. For it was Marcus’s strong passions and burning desire that frightened her into abandoning him years ago—and her answering craving has never waned. Now he means to be at her service, in every sense. And perhaps the only sensible course isn’t to resist temptation, but to surrender to it completely…

Excerpts and covers are on my site, if you want to check them out. :)

5) How did you feel the first time you walked into a bookstore and saw your book on the shelf with your name on it?

Relief. Borders and Barnes & Noble both had issues with getting BAD BOYS AHOY! out of the box and on the shelf. So the first time I actually saw the book on the shelves was when a reader emailed a photo she took when she went to buy a copy. When I finally saw it on shelves in my town, it was mostly relief I felt. *g*

47 comments:

Billie Jo said...

Good Afternoon Sylvia,

I have not had the pleasure of reading your work yet, but was wondering;

What did you do to celebrate the first piece you had published?

Great answers on the interview.

Billie Jo

Annie Owl in GA said...

Hi, Sylvia! hoping your holiday weekend is wonderful! i've enjoyed reading your answer to these intriguing questions. How lovely that you credit your mother as being your real-life heroine! I assume that this was in an earlier generation where being a single mom was really hard {no, i'm not ageist here}, i was a single mom of 3 and even while the dad was still around , i was a single mom.:{
i also plan to research Georgina, Duchess of Devonshire; she sounds like quite a gal.
Thanks, Sylvia,i've really enjoyed reading this.
Annie Owl in GA

Anonymous said...

Hey Sylvia! Great answers to great questions! I'm always looking forward to what you have coming up next! Thanks for being here!

I'm having to post anonymously as I've forgotten my password and can't sign in!

Laurie D.

Dannyfiredragon said...

Hi Sylvia,

thanks for doing the interview. The answers are great.

You wrote that you like writing historicals, which is your favorite time period?

Sylvia Day said...

What did you do to celebrate the first piece you had published?

Well...honestly...I haven't celebrated yet. *winces* BBA was bought on the basis of one novella so I had to write one more and get a third print-ready. Immediately after the turn-in of that book, I was contracted for two more, and had my EC titles to write and edit, and a couple shorts for AQP. Pretty much, I've been working non-stop for a year and half. BUT... I do plan to celebrate at some point.

Still, lack of a bonafide celebration aside, I'm having a wonderful time making a living doing something I love desperately, so everyday is a celebration!!

Stacy~ said...

Ack! My computer is evil! Been giving me grief this morning :(

Sylvia, I absolutely loved BBA and thought you did an amazing job with these historical novellas. You had just the right amount of emotion and sexual tension mixed together to capture my attention and not let go. I am anxiously awaiting "The Stranger I Married"

Great interview here, btw. I enjoyed your answers. Are you going to RWA this year?

Sylvia Day said...

I assume that this was in an earlier generation where being a single mom was really hard.

Yes. The cost of childcare for two children was a killer, costing her thousands of dollars a month. Without child-support of any kind.

i also plan to research Georgina, Duchess of Devonshire; she sounds like quite a gal.

Doesn't she? *g*

Sylvia Day said...

I'm always looking forward to what you have coming up next! Thanks for being here!

Thank you, Laurie! (((hugs))) I'm thrilled to have been asked.

Sylvia Day said...

You wrote that you like writing historicals, which is your favorite time period?

I'm torn between Regency and Georgian. So I write in both! *g*

Stacy~ said...

Sylvia, can you tell us a little more about Passionate Ink - and is it only for writers?

Sylvia Day said...

I am anxiously awaiting "The Stranger I Married"

Are you going to RWA this year?


Yay! I love that book. I know... *sigh* I wrote it so I must love it, right? I love that book especially. I hope you enjoy it. Maybe you'll try ASK FOR IT, too? AFI has my favorite Brava cover so far. It's perfect for the book.

Yes! I'll be at both RT and RWA. Are you going to the signing? I'd love to meet you!

Dannyfiredragon said...

Regency and Georgian are fascinating eras.

If you could travel trough time, would you visit those eras or another one?

Which genres would like to try out writing in?

Dannyfiredragon said...

Sylvia,

which books will you at the RT booksigning?

Billie Jo said...

Thank you for the answer Sylvia!

What do you do to unwind when the characters give you a hard time?

Billie Jo

Alyssa said...

I read The Fifth Favor a few weeks ago and loved it. Chris is a great hero! I haven't read the other books. I may have to give them a try.

As far as heroes go, I am on a campaign to give Hugh the respect he deserves. The poor guy is often overlooked in favor of Sebastian and Lucien. Readers, read Hugh's story in Bad Boys Ahoy! You'll love it!

Sylvia Day said...

Sylvia, can you tell us a little more about Passionate Ink - and is it only for writers?

Passionate Ink is a Special Interest Chapter of Romance Writers of America. It's just for writers--a place to find support, market news, and topics of interest to authors of erotic romance. PI members must also be members of RWA, which requires applicants to sign a statement declaring that they are actively pursing a career in romance publishing.

We do offer a monthly contest to readers, and send out a monthly newsletter to the general public and booksellers, listing that month's new erotic romance releases. More information can be found on the Passionate Ink website.

:)

Sylvia Day said...

If you could travel trough time, would you visit those eras or another one?

Which genres would like to try out writing in?


I would rather visit the future. I really enjoy the modern conveniences. *g*

I'm presently writing in all the genres I have an interest in--historical, contemporary, futuristic, paranormal, sci-fi, erotica, and erotic romance. I can honestly say that I'm completely fulfilled with my career at this point, although I never stop actively working toward future goals.

Sylvia Day said...

which books will you at the RT booksigning?

I'll only be signing BBA. The only other book available at that time will be DREAMS OF THE OASIS II, and EC is donating only older titles this year, not the newer ones.

ASK FOR IT is a July 26 release. Barnes & Noble and BAMM will most likely begin shipping it around the first week of July to readers who pre-ordered it (Amazon won't. They're getting later and later with their shipments). I'll be thrilled to sign AFI at the signing, but readers will have to bring it with them. Kensington won't be supplying it, because it's an August release. So 'technically' it won't be on sale at the time of the RWA Conference.

Sylvia Day said...

What do you do to unwind when the characters give you a hard time?

I give them the 'silent treatment' and move on to another ms.

When they're ready to play nice, they come and find me. *g*

Sylvia Day said...

I read The Fifth Favor a few weeks ago and loved it. Chris is a great hero! I haven't read the other books. I may have to give them a try.

That book hit me so hard. I couldn't put it down, I cried, I fell in love with Christopher, I hated that the story ended. I wanted to stay with him. It's in my top 5 romances on my keeper shelf, and Shelby is an auto-buy author for me. And I only have two of those--her and LK.

As far as heroes go, I am on a campaign to give Hugh the respect he deserves. The poor guy is often overlooked in favor of Sebastian and Lucien. Readers, read Hugh's story in Bad Boys Ahoy! You'll love it!

LOL! ((hugs)) Thank you so much. I love Hugh, too.

Dannyfiredragon said...

Thanks for the informations Sylvia.

Looking forward to meet you at the RT.

snowflake said...

Hi Sylvia

Happy Easter! What is your favourite movie and has any movies given you any inspiration for your books?

Alyssa said...

I'm presently writing in all the genres I have an interest in--historical, contemporary, futuristic, paranormal, sci-fi, erotica, and erotic romance.

You've been published for less than a year and you're only writing in seven subgenres? {Cough} Underachiever.

LOL! (You know I'm kidding, right?)

I'll only be signing BBA. The only other book available at that time will be DREAMS OF THE OASIS II, and EC is donating only older titles this year, not the newer ones.

{Bitter weeping}

That is seriously vexing. You know that RWA only lets you take 5 outside books into the signing, right? This caused me serious trauma last year.

Ali said...

Hi, Sylvia! Hope you have a Happy Easter! I loved your "Bad Boys Ahoy," novel! I just wanted to ask, how long does it usually take you to complete a novel?

Sylvia Day said...

Looking forward to meet you at the RT.

Ditto!! I can't wait. ((hugs)) I'm very shy though, so be gentle. *g*

Sylvia Day said...

What is your favourite movie and has any movies given you any inspiration for your books?

GONE WITH THE WIND is my favorite movie.

THE MUMMY inspired "Treasure Hunters", which will be in DREAMS OF THE OASIS II. That's the only one inspired by a movie. :)

Sylvia Day said...

That is seriously vexing. You know that RWA only lets you take 5 outside books into the signing, right? This caused me serious trauma last year.

Yikes! I didn't know that. :(

Well, if you have DotO II with you, leave it in the car or room. I'll sign it over margaritas in the bar. ;)

Sylvia Day said...

I loved your "Bad Boys Ahoy," novel!

Thank you so much, Ali! I'm so happy you enjoyed BBA.

I just wanted to ask, how long does it usually take you to complete a novel?

Too long. :(

I'm on an every 5-6 month release schedule with Brava, and the same with Avon. I also have novellas interspersed in there. So 2-3 months per ST. 3-4 weeks for novellas.

I'm guesstimating, but that sounds about right.

Alyssa said...

Well, if you have DotO II with you, leave it in the car or room. I'll sign it over margaritas in the bar.

Oh, cool. Sounds great!

Jennifer Y. said...

I have enjoyed reading your answers! Thanks for visiting the blog!

BTW, I LOVED Bad Boys Ahoy!

Pamk said...

Good afternoon Sylvia, I haven't had the pleasure of reading your books. But they are on my tbb list. I love futuristic. That is my favorite genre too. What would you idea of a perfect alien man be like.

Sylvia Day said...

I have enjoyed reading your answers! Thanks for visiting the blog!

BTW, I LOVED Bad Boys Ahoy!


Thank you for stopping by! I'm so glad you liked BBA. ((hugs))

Sylvia Day said...

Good afternoon Sylvia, I haven't had the pleasure of reading your books. But they are on my tbb list.

Thank you! I hope you enjoy them.

I love futuristic. That is my favorite genre too. What would you idea of a perfect alien man be like.

I'm writing him right now for Avon, as part of my new series. :) He's tall, dark, quite muscular, and devastatingly handsome. (I'm in love with him. *blushing*)

But I also have a hero who is far more alien in appearance. ;)

Lori said...

Sylvia
I am so sorry that I could not be here today. I unfortunately had to work. It was a wonderful intervriew. Thank you for taking the time to do it.
Lori

Billie Jo said...

Happy Easter Everyone!

Sylvia,

What book of yours would you recommend to someone who has not read your work?

Thanks for being here and the great answers.

Billie Jo

Stacy~ said...

Thank you for the info on PI and I look forward to seeing you at RWA.

I love your website and your blog, and really appreciate how you take the time to respond to your fans. It definitely keeps me coming back and keeping up with your latest releases. I know it's time-consuming for you, but it really means a lot to me as a reader to get a response to a question or find out more about your books. Not that I expect to have you waiting by your computer, but the fact that you take the time, when you can, really shows your respect for those of us who read your books - thank you!!!

Sylvia Day said...

I am so sorry that I could not be here today. Thank you for taking the time to do it.

It's my pleasure. Thank you for stopping by!

Sylvia Day said...

What book of yours would you recommend to someone who has not read your work?

If you like historicals, I would recommend BAD BOYS AHOY! first before my other stories. It's a thick book, divided into three interconnecting stories, so you'll get a mix of my style.

If you prefer contemporaries, try WISH LIST. It's one of my favorites. :)

I also have vampires, futuristics, sci-fi. What's your favorite genre?

Sylvia Day said...

Sylvia, I absolutely loved BBA and thought you did an amazing job with these historical novellas.

Thank you! ((hugs)) I'm so happy you enjoyed them.

I love your website and your blog, and really appreciate how you take the time to respond to your fans.

It's a joy for me, no work at all! I really appreciate you coming by and visiting. It means a lot to me. A published story is like sharing friends between author and reader. To me, my site and weblog is like sitting down for coffee and gossiping fondly about people we both know. *g*

Billie Jo said...

LOL Sylvia,

I love all the genres you mentioned. Uh Oh this is going to be a toughy, lol.

I guess it is the eeny meeny miny mo method.

Thank you!

Billie Jo

ellenbunch said...

Sylvia,

I enjoyed your answers in the interview. I'll have to check out Georgina - she sounds like a fascinating woman. I enjoyed Bad Boys Ahoy so much. I've recommended it to so many people. I look forward to reading Dark Kisses and Ask for It. This year has been so busy and productive for you. Remember to take some time out for Sylvia.

Ellen

Caffey said...

Hi Sylvia!!!! Loved the AQP e-books! I love too that you write historical, hot ones. They were ones always close to my heart, so i'm always looking for them to read and was thrilled hearing about your Brava. Really congrats!
I hope too the vamp books going to print from EC soon?

Sylvia Day said...

I enjoyed Bad Boys Ahoy so much. I've recommended it to so many people.

Ellen,
Thank you so much! I'm grateful. ((hugs))

I look forward to reading Dark Kisses and Ask for It.

I hope you enjoy them! I'm excited to see DARK KISSES in person. The cover looks so amazing online. Syneca did a fabulous job, as always.

Remember to take some time out for Sylvia.

Thank you. I plan on relaxing and enjoying myself silly in Daytona. I'm looking forward to it!

robynl said...

Love your blogging, Sylvia and all the news you share. Great questions and answers; thanks.

Sylvia Day said...

Loved the AQP e-books!

I'm glad you enjoyed the shorts. They're so much fun to write.

I love too that you write historical, hot ones. They were ones always close to my heart, so i'm always looking for them to read and was thrilled hearing about your Brava. Really congrats!

Thank you! I'm so grateful to be writing hot historicals for Brava. It's just the perfect home for them.

I hope too the vamp books going to print from EC soon?

Yes, the first two books in the series will be printed together in one volume -- DECLASSIFIED: DARK KISSES. The book will hit the presses in June, and reach bookstores in Aug. or Sept. It might be available on the EC eBay site in July. Not sure. :)

I can't wait! *g*

Dannyfiredragon said...

Sylvia,

I am also a shy person and the shy persons have to stick together.

Sylvia Day said...

I am also a shy person and the shy persons have to stick together.

Awesome! Sounds like a plan! ((hugs)) I'm glad I'm not the only wallflower.