Sylvia Day Answers Some Questions...
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!