Sunday, August 16, 2009

Welcome Sylvia Day

I am so excited to have Sylvia Day (aka SJ Day, aka Livia Dare) on as my spotlight author this week. If you read my blog at all, you know that I am one busy woman. But Sylvia makes me feel like a slacker. She has released a dynamite new series this year and two single titles (and I'm sure there is a novella or two in there as well). she is simply amazing! Not only that, but Sylvia is one of the nicest people I've ever met. She has helped me in so many ways that I can't begin to list them.

In short, love this lady!!!

So, to dive right into my deep and mind boggling questions....

Erin: What is your favorite part of the writing?

Sylvia: Submitting new proposals. There are so many possibilities inherent in the process--from the creation of the new world, to building a relationship with the editor, to entertaining a whole new audience. I'm a sucker for wide open spaces.

Erin: That is so funny. I think that is my least favorite. I live in paralyzing fear that I will run out of ideas and so when I sit down to think of something new, I am always terrified.

Next question... From your books, which hero would you be most likely to fall in love with and why?

Sylvia: It's a tie between Cain (from the Marked series) and Wulfric (from IN THE FLESH). Both men are honorable, but there's a distinct bad boy side to them. They'll go to any lengths to accomplish their goals and they're totally committed when it comes to love. I love confident, alpha males who aren't afraid to cross boundaries to claim what they want. Yummy...

Erin: I'm sorry, Sylvia, but Cain has already promised himself to me. :-) I haven't met Wulfric yet, but if he's in competition with Cain, then I'm already in love with him. You write TO DIE FOR heroes.

Next....Have you been told, you look like someone famous?

Sylvia: Yes, actually. Phoebe Cates. I don't see it, but I've heard that a few times.

Erin: I wouldn't have thought of it on my own, but ya know, I see it. I hear all the time that I look like somebody's sister, cousin, neighbor, distant uncle's wife. I used to get that I looked like Bernadette Peters, but no one probably remembers her anymore and I never thought I did.

This is fun. So, tell me.... Is there a story behind your name? What is it?

Sylvia: My mother wanted to name me Heather Ann. However, when people asked her what name she'd chosen and she'd tell them, they would all have something negative to say. It seems a lot of people knew a Heather or an Ann that they didn't like. So my mom came up with Sylvia June and kept it to herself. No one knew what my name was until I was born. Personally, I'm glad she went with Sylvia. I'm one of those people who loves their name. :)

Erin: I love this question because I think most people do have a story in their name. I was either going to be April or Spring or something like that, and my parents were fighting over it and finally Bing Crosby came on the radio singing When Erin's Eyes Are Smiling. They decided, what the hell, name her Erin. I have still never heard that song, btw.

Last and most important questions....tell us about your fabulous new series and what's coming next....

Sylvia: My latest series in a nutshell: Formerly agnostic Evangeline Hollis is marked with the Mark of Cain and becomes one of thousands of sinners worldwide who act as bounty hunters for God. She’s mentored by Cain, working for Abel, and desired by both men. The Marked series draws heavily from the Old Testament, but is very much an action-oriented, sexy, contemporary fantasy. As for what's coming next, I'm presently working on more historical romances. :)

Sylvia, thank you so much for stopping by and visiting. You can learn more about Sylvia Day and all her books under all her names at

Readers, be sure to check out my contest for this week. Sylvia is giving away a reader's choice of 3 of her titles and I'm giving away reader's choice of two PLUS a gift card PLUS a HAUNTING BEAUTY coffee mug. Go to for more information.

And check back next week when Cassie Ryan will be up and the week after that....It's Jennifer Ashley!


Chris Marie Green/Crystal Green said...

Hey, Sylvia! Great to see you here. Just wanted to tell you that you did a great job on the Comic-Con panel. :) I'm hoping to start your Marked series very soon.

The Scarf Princess said...

Great to see you here Sylvia! Loved the interview and look forward to your next book.

Sylvia Day said...

Crystal -- you're being kind, but thank you! ((hugs)) Sharing a panel w/such an awesome group of writers was nerve-wracking. *g*

joder -- Thank you! :)

Estella said...

Hi Sylvia,
Nice interview. I'm looking forward to your next book.
Cain is my favorite of your characters, too.

Unknown said...

i just read both the first books last night, well till this morning, i didnt go to bed till8 am ,lol loveeee eve, cain, abel,
im taking pics of your books at every stors i see them
please tell me there will be a ton more marked series!!!!!!!

Unknown said...

i sent for goodies, i hoe yyou got the m=letter

Armenia said...

Ladies, that was a lovely interview. My mother's name is Sylvia as well as my daughter's, so I will never forget it.

Sylvia, I just love your historicals. Looking for something different in the romance section of the library, I came across THE STRANGER I MARRIED, and PASSION FOR THE GAME because the covers were awesome and looked to me to promise some steamy romance. Wow, I was hooked from then on and went out of my way to finding all your historicals, and recommended them all to my sisters and girlfriends. So I am anticipating your next historical release. Can't wait.

Erin, congratulations on HAUNTING BEAUTY. I am really intrigued by the story, and the cover and the book trailer were done so beautifully. I just love that they used that lilting Celtic music for the trailer and IMO was quite a match to the feel of the story.

Erin Quinn said...

Hi All, and thanks for stopping by to make Sylvia feel welcome.

Armenia--I absolutely love the music for the trailer. When I heard it, I knew it was the right background! :)

Patricia Barraclough said...

Erin, the Bing Crosby song your parents probably heard is "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling", close enough.
Good interview.
Congratulations to you both on your new books.

Patricia Barraclough said...

Just read the bit about Bean and the excerpt. My curiosity is up. The trailer is lovely (love the music). This book will be added to my ever growing TBR pile.
S J, just visited your site also. You have a wide variety of books out. I'll be looking for them.
Good luck to you both.

Erin Quinn said...

Patricia--you are so right! That's the song. I'm going to google it and listen. :)

Glad you liked the excerpt about Bean. There's also a first chapter excerpt on the site if you're interested. :)

J.T. Oldfield said...

Hi Erin,

You've been nominated for an award for BBAW, but we can't find your contact info. Could you please send your e-mail to j.t.oldfield[AT] Thanks!

Carol L. said...

Hi Sylvia,
What's to say except I love your writing, all of it. I too love Caine.
I posted once before that I'd probably read "instructions" if that's all you wrote :)
Great post. Erin I love everything I've heard about Haunting Beauty so it's on my TRL. Have a great day everyone
Carol L.

Erin Quinn said...

Hey, did y'all see my blog is nominated for an award?? Woo woo.

Carol, thanks so much. I hope you enjoy it if/when you read it!

Cathy M said...

Congrats on your award, Erin. Love the website for the SJ Day titles and already have Sylvia's Livia Dare title on my wish list.

housemouse88 said...

Hello Sylvia,

I have a couple of your books in my TBR pile I really need to get to. I love your work. Have a great day.

Anonymous said...

I am on my way to buy a couple of your books.

Virginia C said...

Hi, Sylvia! You're a busy, successful storyteller, and you look like a movie star! Congratulations! Please enter my name in your drawing. gcwhiskas at aol dot com