Thursday, August 24, 2006

Sylvia Day GuestBlog: Sweet Inspiration

Contest from Sylvia: One lucky commenting Bella wins a CD-R of the first 2 chapters of her upcoming, "The Stranger I Married!" Ya gotta Say to Win!

I e-met Sylvia when she sent me her debut novel for the very fab Brava, "Bad Boys Ahoy." If you love you some Pirates, you must read. If you love you some hot romance you must read. If you -- you see what I'm sayin, no?

Anywayz, hooked up in-person with Sylvia at Romantic Times Readers Convention, where we got to discuss our mutual appreciation for erotic romance and erotica. And she introduced me to many of her fellow ER friends at RWA in July. I know you'll like her as much as I do, and not just cause she's really nice...

The always fabulous Jayne Ann Krentz touched on authors who write in multiple genres. I write pretty much everything -- historical, contemporary, futuristic, paranormal, and sci-fi.

In 2007, I have eight trade paperback releases -- four historical Bravas, and three contemporary/paranormal Avons. (and a non-fiction essay about Stephanie Plum)

Each book has its own release month, and each story has a different tone and style. It’s all erotic romance, because that’s the way I associate with my characters. My Feb. 2006 book, BAD BOYS AHOY!, was lighter in tone, and my August 2006 book, ASK FOR IT (which, as my first ms ever, was written long before BBA) is darker in tone. My Jan. 07 book is more poignant, and my June book is just all-around unusual. I try to make each book different from any other I’ve written. The only staples are flawed but strong heroines, ultra-alpha males, hot sex, and a romance-focused story.

People ask me, “How do you write so many books so quickly?” The answer: inspiration. I find inspiration in many things around me. Things like angst in movies and books, or the sight of a handsome young couple with a new baby. The most fun inspiration, though, is hot men. *g* Jason Lewis would be a perfect Marcus Ashford from ASK FOR IT.

Antonio Sabato, Jr. is just too yummy for words, and he was the inspiration for Gerard Faulkner in THE STRANGER I MARRIED.

When was the last time you read a book with a particular person in mind as one of the characters? Would you share who it was you were thinking of and which book it was?


One commenter will win a Mini CD-R of the first two chapters of THE STRANGER I MARRIED.

Oh, and just for fun, you can watch the mini-trailers for both ASK FOR IT and THE STRANGER I MARRIED at SylviaDay.com!

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Encore! Thanks, Lois Grieman, for giving the Bellas what they want -- a chance to dish on the various and sundry ways one can get a Bad Boy deliciously wet. Well, YOU started it! We wish you all the best with the wild new "Tempting the Wolf" from Avon!
Encore due! Nicole, you're the winner of the copy of Lois' "Tempting the Wolf!" Email me, Bella, so I can send it your way.

51 comments:

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Buongiorno, Sylvia! We're so pleased you could stop by to be with us.

Your topic is very timely because yesterday I learned that the Bellas can talk literally all day about hot celebrity guys.

And, so, I came up with the idea of hosting the "RBtheBlog Movie Club." Sporadically -- maybe monthly -- I assign a hot movie, then we have a discussion blog day. Cool, no?

See, I'm really suspect of book clubs where everyone tries to choose a book more "important" than the one before. And there are already good romance Inet book clubs.

But my Bellas deserve more. They need to feast ALL of their senses.

So, tomorrow I'll be announcing the first installment of the "RBtheBlog Movie Club."

You HAVE to join us for our discussion, Sylvia!

NOW, I don't usually have a person in mind when I read a novel. And the covers don't help, although I know they work for some.

But I just started reading a novel yesterday and -- I'm almost mortified to say it -- the guy on the cover SO works for me! It's an historical and he looks the part. The chick, otoh, is wearing the requisite Quiana/nylon prom dress and looks nothing like the heroine. But that's ok, cause I'm pretty sure the heroine looks just like me, even though she's described as tall, beautifull, and having curly, fiery tresses.

Julie in Ohio said...

Welcome, Sylvia!!! I love it when new to me authors come and play. Meeting new friends is always a good way to start the day. :o)

I have to admit that I don't see real people in my heroes/heroines. I read a description and use my imagination as to what I think they look like. I have yet to have a repeat performance player. I read somewhere where an author had a specific actor in mind (Ben Affleck, I believe) but when I read the book I didn't see him at all. I prefer to let me mind have a little fun. That way I'm always surprised. :o)

BTW, seeing Antonio Sabato, Jr bright and early is another great way to wake up in the morning. Thanks for bringing him along. :o)

Julie in Ohio said...

Yay, Michelle! I love the idea of a movie club. You will let us see the movie first before we have a discussion on it, right? It was proven yesterday that I am behind in the times...

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Yes, yes. The ideer, I think, cause it just kinda hit me when i woke up, is I assign the movie, then we set a date a couple weeks later to chat about it. Gives us time to rent it.

Oh, and it will always be a movie our husbands will be happy a)we watched, and/or 2. we watched with them.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

or boyfriends, partners, etc. It will be an equal opportunity hot movie choice.

And Bella recommendations will be taken into consideration, of course!

Sylvia, did you tell us who you had in mind for the captian from BBA?

MaryKate said...

Welcome Sylvia! I'm so glad you're here with us! I have to admit, I've never read any of your books, but that's why I hang here! I'm always being exposed to new-to-me authors!

You know, I've literally never seen GONE WITH THE WIND. Why? Because I don't picture Clark Gable in my head when I read about Rhett Butler. He doesn't do it for me. Now Vivien Leigh? She's the ultimate Scarlett, but I don't see Clark as Rhett. I'll never see the movie. Don't want to. I much prefer to re-read the book.

I believe Suz Brockmann (love her!) wrote Tom Paoletti's book saying that she pictured him as Bruce Willis. Which worked for me. Course, most everything she writes works for me!

I don't like for an author to tell me who the hero looks like. I think that Nora Roberts does a good job of describing a hero well enough that you get a handle on him, but not so well that he matches up to an actor or model IRL. I like that too. I think it has to do with how deft the author is at description. Does that make sense?

I have a pretty good imagination (as the Bellas can tell you), so I do OK picturing the hero in my mind's eye.

I find myself wrenched out of a story if the author goes for a description like, "He looked just like Taye Diggs." Not that I don't seriously adore Taye Diggs, but I'd rather have her describe his beautiful black skin, his amazing dimples and smile, his big beautiful brown eyes.

All that being said, I love, after I've read the book to hear if an actor or model inspired the character. I just don't want to be loaded up with the description before I read the book.

Does that make sense?

Playground Monitor said...

I am notorious for trying to "cast" every book I read. I remember reading a book several years ago where the heroine was a bodyguard and I emailed the author and said "I kept picturing Renee Russo in 'In the Line of Fire'." She answered and said that's who she'd patterned her heroine after so obviously she'd hit the nail on the head.

Unfortunately, I'm not up to date with all the current movie stars. I'm still sorta stuck in the Robert Redford/Harrison Ford/Paul Newman era. But blogs like these help me learn who the new stars are.

Keep posting those photos gals! It keeps me in hunk photos.

Marilyn

Monica Burns said...

Good morning, Sylvia!! Bellas, because I know how modest Sylvia is, I just thought I'd point out that she is one of the leaders in RWA for acceptance of erotic romance and erotica. She is the president and co-founder of Passionate Ink, the special interest chapter. So WTG Sylvia!!! She's a terrific lady and ever the professional!

I've got Bad Boys Ahoy and Ask for It on the TBRP, but time, time, time! Soon Sylvia, soon!

As for the Q du Jour...I rarely picture a real person when reading heroes, or even heroines. Just not something I've ever done. NOW, when I'm writing I do have basic components of heroes and heroines. I have an electronic database of photos of known stars and unknown models that I use for descriptive images, but even then I'm not exact in my depictions.

Michelle (I hope you don't mind)Marilyn and Bellas - If you want hot bodies, then I'm going to out our own bella, Michele. This shy wallflower has a BLOG! Yes, a blog WHERE she has men. Not just men, but Hunky, scumptious men, and I want to know where in the hell she finds these photogs!!! I'm talking major skin of the yummiest sort. Oy!! So feast your eyes when you've a moment, and Michelle, you're gonna want to IM the bella to find out her sources!!
http://hidnsite.blogspot.com/

And as for the movie of the month thing!!! Fab idea, Michelle, FAB!! I'm pumped for this, because I'm sure I'll have the movie in my collection. I'm addicted to DVDs. I think we topped 1000 last night when the DH brought home The Riddick Trilogy - ahhh! Vin Diesel. Now to only find time to watch it. *sigh* For Vin, I imagine I'll just have to lose some sleep. LOL

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Same for me, Marilyn. I don't see a ton of TV or movies, so sometimes I read a chick-lity romance and read how the hero looks just like some flavor-of-the-month, and I'm, like, huh?

First, I'd prefer to create him in my head from whatever the writer gives me. But I also, like MK said, like to know afterward what the writer was thinking, who she had in mind.

Julie in Ohio said...

I don't find myself wrenched out of a story if an author describes the character as looking like someone. I take certain attributes from that actor and mesh them with the character. So they still have their own identity yet with dark/light eyes like the actor or they are the same height.
Actually, doing it that way puts a better feel on the description because everyone knows how tall Richard Gere is or the exact blue of Brad Pitt's eyes or the exact shade of blonde of Matthew McConaughey's hair.

ev said...

OOOhhhh, movies. Should be interesting. Hopefully I will have seen it already. I don't have time to watch and now the new TV season is starting!! WWWAAAHHHHHH!!!!

The Janet Evanovich site is always casting for her books. Who to play Stephanie? Well, if they ever get to them, Sandra Bullock. But Joe and Ranger?? Hmmmm..... so many yummy choices.

I usually don't see real people either, but if it's something I really like, I may try to put someone in there. Brockmann's books are always good for that too.I can't wait to read the new one!!

Julie in Ohio said...

Sylvia, I just went to Amazon and saw the cover to THE STRANGER I MARRIED, and can I just say 'WOW'.
Whoever that model is, is one fine specimen of male.
He almost has an older NK look to him.

See what I just did? I used a familiar face but didn't say he looks just like him but you have an inkling to start from.
Hmmm? Maybe I missed my calling... :P
HAHAHAHAHA, sorry I'm in rare form today. A day off will do that to a body. :o)

Vivi Anna said...

Yeah Sylvia!! An Allure girl in the house baby!!! :-)

I've read only one historical in my life and that was Sylvia's BBA...HAWT! Loved it. Now, I have to get Ask For It.

I love me some Sylvia! She so rocks. Talented, funny, sexy...

I don't picture anyone particular when I read. It's when I write that I usually have someone in mind. And more times than not when I'm writing that story, I'll post pics of the people I have in mind around my computer so I can see them all the time.

Julie in Ohio said...

Congrats, Nicole! Enjoy!!

Eve Silver said...

Hi Sylvia! Love the cover for Ask For It!

Hmm... when I read a book I fall into the character, and the character becomes real for me. That is the beauty of a gifted storyteller, the ability to draw a character so clearly that as a reader, my imagination is stoked like a raging flame. I can't recall ever putting a particular person into the role of the character because when I really love a story, the character is a person in and of themself. Although I hafta say, if I was looking for inspiration, Hugh would do just fine, LOL!)

ev said...

eve- the library doesn't have your book in it's cataloge. I hope the store does. I read the excerpt- sounds intriguing. :)

Kalen Hughes said...

This is so funny. Like Vivi Anna I "cast" my characters when I write (I find it easier to be consistent when describing them if I have an actual person in mind), but not when I read. And I probably don’t want to know who the writer was thinking of, specifically, as they wrote (case in point: Bruce Willis = *SHUDDER* eww-icky-yuck for me).

Cherie said...

I usuallu don't picture a particular celebrity when i am reading a book. I kind of make my own picture of what the guy looks like based on the description if there is no picture of the guy on the cover.

Cherie Japp

Sylvia Day said...

You HAVE to join us for our discussion, Sylvia!

Sounds fun and fabulous! I'll come for sure! :)

Jennifer Y. said...

The movie thing sounds fun Michelle!

I sometimes "cast" books in my head, but my choices do not always match the author's descriptions...LOL.

jennybrat said...

Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter.

Sylvia Day said...

BTW, seeing Antonio Sabato, Jr bright and early is another great way to wake up in the morning.

Nice to meet you, too! Isn't Antontio yummy? Seriously. I'd pick him over Brad Pitt any day.

Sylvia Day said...

Sylvia, did you tell us who you had in mind for the captian from BBA?

He's entirely made up! Though I'll try to think of someone who's close...

Sylvia Day said...

All that being said, I love, after I've read the book to hear if an actor or model inspired the character. I just don't want to be loaded up with the description before I read the book.

Does that make sense?


Absolutely! I like to picture my own characters, too. Like a friend of mine wrote a book with a particular actor in mind and I don't like that guy. He gives me the creeps. But when I read the book, I pictured someone completely different and it worked for me. Still, I found it fascinating to see who she was thinking of! *g*

And I totally agree about Vivien Leigh.

Sylvia Day said...

So WTG Sylvia!!! She's a terrific lady and ever the professional!

I've got Bad Boys Ahoy and Ask for It on the TBRP, but time, time, time! Soon Sylvia, soon!


*blushing* ((hugs))

Thank you for picking up the books! I'm grateful. I hope you like them. :) (Love your cover, BTW!)

Sylvia Day said...

The Janet Evanovich site is always casting for her books. Who to play Stephanie? Well, if they ever get to them, Sandra Bullock. But Joe and Ranger?? Hmmmm..... so many yummy choices.

I'm a fan, too. I wrote a non-fiction essay about Steph that releases in an anthology of essays about her in Feb. It's called PERFECTLY PLUM and it has lots of great authors contributing to it!

Sylvia Day said...

Sylvia, I just went to Amazon and saw the cover to THE STRANGER I MARRIED, and can I just say 'WOW'.

Thank you! I'm happy with it, too. Kensington has a great cover department.

There's also a trailer for TSIM. You can check it out here, if you're interested. :)

Sylvia Day said...

I love me some Sylvia! She so rocks. Talented, funny, sexy...

Vivi! ((hugs)) Right back atcha!

You all should stop by our joint author site--the Allure Authors. We've got lots of great stuff coming up, including a fabulous (if I say so myself) anthology from Avon Red. ALLURING TALES: AWAKEN THE FANTASY is a March '07 release and it's got a fabulous cover!

Sylvia Day said...

Hi Sylvia! Love the cover for Ask For It!

Thank you, Eve! I cried when I saw it, I loved it so much. It's absolutely perfect for the book. I wouldn't have done anything different if I designed it myself. (and you know how rare that is for an author... *g*)

You've had great covers, too! And K has branded them, which is always wonderful. Congrats. :)

MaryKate said...

Ev - I've read Eve's book. I can tell you from experience, it IS fabulous! All dark and moody.

Haven Rich said...

Sylvia, I really love the cover, but I think I told you this over at RI when you were visiting there.

I look forward to the release. Chat with you soon.

Julie in Ohio said...

OMG, Sylvia!! I just saw the trailer for TSIM and again I say 'WOW'. It sounds fantastic! I love historicals. :o)
My only gripe is that is doesn't come out until January. That's just mean... :P
Looks like I'm going to have to go to Amazon and pick up ASK FOR IT and BBA to tide me over. *sigh*
I also have to comment that WISH LIST sounds too yummy for words. :o)

Secondly, you prefer Antonio over Brad? YEAH!!!!! We had a debate over Brad's charms (or lack there of depending on who you ask) just last week. :o)

ev said...

Syk=lvia- I can't wait for the anthology to come out!! It sounds interesting to say the least. I can't wait to see other author's takes on the series.

Julie- Yes, Jan sucks, but just consider it a late Xmas present to yourself!!

Julie in Ohio said...

Ev- That is the right attitude to have. Thank you for putting it into prospective for me... :o)

rachd said...

Whew! I made it!! =) First day back in the classroom=boxes to be un-packed, furniture to be rearranged, etc. It's like moving every year and it totally sucks!

Okay, whining over, Hi Sylvia!! I just LOVED BBA and can NOT wait for TSIM to come out =).

To answer the question, I'm like many of the other Bellas, I don't really imagine anyone in particular, but then hearing the inspiration for the character after I've read it helps put certain things into perspective.

Michelle, the movie idea is AWESOME!! Yes!

amy*skf said...

Waah! I'm at work and on a quick break--I didn't have time to read all the comments--HATE it when that happens.

Sometimes I can see a Hero or Heroine perfectly--sometimes in my imagination--sometimes as a celebrity or the guy I saw yesterday.

I always try to fiure out who would play the leads in the book --if it were made into a movie, so I'm very excited about the movie blog. Gotta go.

Stacy~ said...

Sylvia, as one of your regular stalkers, um, visitors, you probably have an idea that I loved BBA, and that I got the last signed copy of AFI at the bookstore in the peachtree court, and that I am dying to get my hands on TSIM and the guy on the cover! I absolutely love those last 2 covers. And I did imagine the 2 people on AFI as the characters - I thought they pulled it off. You can just feel the heat between those two - very convincing.

When I picture the hero in a story, I almost never imagine a celebrity, no matter how hot. I usually picture him how I'd want him to look based on the description. There is not a man alive that I've seen that could be Sam Starrett or Roarke. But in my mind, they are two of the hottest, sexiest men in existence, with just the right hair, eyes, sexy smile, muscles...everything. I think this is true of Joe & Ranger too. If a movie is ever made, I could see Sandra Bullock in the role - she's pretty and likeable enough that I wouldn't be too jealous LOL.

Oh I love the movieclub idea. Fun stuff, Michelle.

And Michele, I love your hottie blog, but then again, you already knew that;)

Julie in Ohio said...

I've tried to play the "who would you cast in this part" game. I am no good at it...

What I find facinating is how well authors do at describing. Most heroes are tall, well built, dark/light eyes...but you know in my mind they each look different. There is always some subtlety that makes them their own. I just love that. :o)

Julie in Ohio said...

Thanks for blogging with us, Sylvia. I hope you come back and visit again...




...the sun has gone to bed and so must I...

(I'm getting ready for the movie club. Sound of Music is one of them, right, Michelle? Although I should tell you, dh will NOT watch it with me...I've tried.)

Vivi Anna said...

Please tell me The Sound of Music is NOT one of your movie picks Michelle! I thought we were going to watch porn... ;-)

Julie in Ohio said...

{{{GASP}}}

Vivi, you don't like The Sound of Music?!?!? :P

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Thanks for droppin in, Sylvia! We're looking forward to your next book and, obviously, future sexy SD covers!

Off to set tomorrow's blog, Bellas! Maybe even get a full night's sleep tonite...

See ya in the morn,

Buonanotte, and thanks for hanging today.

Stacy~ said...

"Sound of Music". Beddy-bye @ 9:30pm. Wow are we a wild bunch or what? I think we might have scared good girl Sylvia away *g*

Sylvia Day said...

Sylvia, I really love the cover, but I think I told you this over at RI when you were visiting there.

Thank you, Haven! *waving*

Sylvia Day said...

Sylvia- I can't wait for the anthology to come out!! It sounds interesting to say the least. I can't wait to see other author's takes on the series.

The other Allure gals posted excerpts of their anthology stories on the Allure blog starting a couple weeks ago. Great stuff, if you find a bit of time to scroll back a bit. (There's a link that leads to previous posts at the bottom, if you're interested!)

Sylvia Day said...

OMG, Sylvia!! I just saw the trailer for TSIM and again I say 'WOW'. It sounds fantastic! I love historicals. :o)
My only gripe is that is doesn't come out until January.


Thank you! I'm very excited about TSIM. I had so much fun writing that story. I hope readers enjoy it just as much. :)

It actually releases Dec. 26 - so four months away. (Does that help, or am I making it worse? *g*)

Sylvia Day said...

Hi Sylvia!! I just LOVED BBA and can NOT wait for TSIM to come out =).

Thank you for picking up BBA! ((hugs))

I hope you enjoy TSIM. I was seriously possessed writing that story. I just couldn't quit, I loved it. (Wonder if Antonio had anything to do with that...)

Sylvia Day said...

And I did imagine the 2 people on AFI as the characters - I thought they pulled it off. You can just feel the heat between those two - very convincing.

I'm so glad you agree! Out of all my covers, I think it's the one that most closely catures the characters and the story. :)

Julie in Ohio said...

Sylvia, I was not given patience as a virtue. I would prefer TSIM come out yesterday... :P

You said you were possessed when writing TSIM. I've always wondered that about authors because although I do not have a gift for words I imagine that is the way I'd be. Not to mention my very short memory. I'd have an idea but it would be gone before I got it down on paper. :P

Cathy said...

bought Ask for it today at Fictionwise. Now I just need some quiet time...

Sylvia Day said...

bought Ask for it today at Fictionwise.

Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy it!

((hugs))