Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Sylvia Day Answers Some Questions...

Sylvia Day
TKA Chats
Thursday, 02-09-06
9-10PM EST

Want to know a little bit more about Sylvia? Read on! Plus, stay tuned to the blog for an exciting giveaway concerning tomorrow's chat!

1.) How do you come up with a story?
I think of familiar storylines and then find variations. For example, "Her Mad Grace" in BAD BOYS AHOY! is a gothic spoof. When gothics started to make a resurgence, I thought of the classic elements--scarred hero, creepy mansion, the young innocent who wanders into his life and saves him from himself--and then reversed the characters and made it humorous.

2.) How do you keep your ideas fresh?
I've written in most sub-genres for 5 different publishers, while hunting for more publishers *g*. The constant switching between storylines, lengths, and editors is a great way to keep the creative juices spinning in the blender. I think tossing a little bit of everything into the mix adds a different spin to things. I know I enjoy reading the works of authors who write all sorts of things.

3.) Plotter or pantser?
Pantser. 100%. No notes. No character sketches. No photos. Nothing. Just butt in chair and writing. I can't write a synopsis to save my life. I've only written a few, and every time the finished story barely resembled the synopsis. I can't tell where I'm going until I get there.

4.) Favorite book of all time? Why?
SHANNA. The hero is perfect, and I have a thing for perfect men. ;-) Trivia: My daughter's name is Shanna.

5.) What are you reading now? How would you rate it 1-10 (10 being best)? Why?
I'm judging RITA and GH entries right now. I haven't decided what score the latest book will get. I'm kind of on the fence with it. The hero says many things that a real man wouldn't say, and that's a pet peeve of mine.

Join us for the chat tomorrow night to learn more! Giveaway post coming soon!

4 Comments:

Anonymous Catherine Marie Scott said...

Sylvia,

My all time favorite book is also, unapologetically, SHANNA. I have read it so many times that I can recall many of their lines. Although I have never read one of your books, I will now-- immediately-- knowing you have such marvelous taste, and I'm also a sucker from the perfect man-- secure in himself, but a fool for love.

What's a rush for an author? Knowing there's still an untapped market out there!

Wednesday, February 8, 2006 at 11:58:00 AM EST  
Blogger Nicole Reising said...

Funny how one little comment made in passing can strike such a strong reaction... but yours did. I've not read any of your books and was mostly just skimming over the questions until I got to the one where you said your favorite book was Shanna. I love that author and it immediately snagged my attention.

Next thing I know I'm rereading the post and had to laugh to myself at the effect that one comment had. I guess what it did was tell me enough about you to create a connection. A connection that said I might really, really like your style of writing because of it. And as such, I, like catherine marie scott(who also posted a comment here) am most interested in picking up your book now.

Amazing what a simple comment in passing can do! :)

Cole

Wednesday, February 8, 2006 at 1:10:00 PM EST  
Blogger Sylvia Day said...

Sharing a favorite book does create a bit of affinity. It's rather like sharing the same friends. :)

Thank you both so much for considering BAD BOYS AHOY!. I hope you enjoy it!

Wednesday, February 8, 2006 at 3:56:00 PM EST  
Blogger Mel Francis said...

Sylvia!

Ruark Beauchamp is to DIE FOR! He is the perfect hero.

Thursday, February 9, 2006 at 4:28:00 PM EST  

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