What an honor it is for Books Uplift to garner an interview with Sylvia Day, the #1 New York Times, #1 USA Today, and #1 international bestselling author of over twenty award-winning novels, including ten New York Times and thirteen USA Today bestsellers. Her work has been translated into forty-one languages. With over twenty million copies of her books in print, she is a #1 best seller in twenty-nine countries. Day served as the 22nd President of Romance Writers of America and presently serves on the Board of Directors of the Authors Guild and the Authors Guild Foundation.
Her work has been covered in Time, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, People, the Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, the Associated Press, USA Today, and Entertainment Weekly, among others. Her bestselling novel Afterburn / Aftershock was developed into a motion picture by Passionflix and released in November 2017. The documentary following her 2016 world tour, Beyond Words: Sylvia Day, was released in October 2018. Meet Sylvia…
What is your most recent book and what inspired you to write it? My newest book is So Close and it is a departure for me, this is my first foray into Psychological Thriller. My themes are always survival and unconditional acceptance, showing how survivors build defense mechanisms that alter how they interact with the world, then how they eventually recognize those defenses and the triggers that engage them, and work to either heal or double-down. I wanted to explore these themes beyond the romance genre, which is where I usually write.
How do you hope your book uplifts those who read it? I want readers to remember how they felt while reading, how taken they were with the prose, and to immediately want to re-read the book because they want to find all the clues they missed during the first read.
What are you most excited about with this book? I get excited about writing strong women because that’s what I know. Every woman in my inner circle is strong, determined, and ambitious, from my mother to my sister to all my closest friends. I instill in my characters traits that I admire because I have to spend a lot of time with them.
What book uplifts you? I love Nalini Singh, Patricia Briggs, Linda Howard, Julie Garwood, Shelby Reed, Dean Koontz, Stephen King, and so many more! As a reader, I enjoy commercial fiction of all genres, and I hop around a lot depending on my mood.
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