Today, we have the honour of an interview with author SJ Sylvis, the writer of Truth, her new rockstar romance novel. Recently, I contacted SJ Sylvis and asked her the following questions, which she kindly answered:
Where do you hail from and has this place impacted your writings?
I’m from a small town in Ohio. And, yes, I often reflect back on my time growing up and take bits and pieces and put them into my books!
I have read on your Goodreads page that you move a lot because of your husband. Have the different places you’ve lived in affected your writing?
Yes! I get inspiration from everywhere we’ve been. Even places we’ve visited.
This blogger: That’s wonderful. You seem to take something from everywhere (even the no so great places) and make use of them in a productive way. I like that a lot.
You have now published 4 books, which is an impressive achievement. Do you still feel as passionately about writing as much now as you did when you first started?
Thank you! And probably even more! The more I write and find success, the more I crave it. There’s something so reviving about creating something that people love!
Your new novel, Truth, is coming out very shortly. What is the novel’s unique selling point? Why do you think people will love it?
Well for one, I think the cover of Truth will stand out in the market because it’s so different from the usual “couple on a cover” (not that anything is wrong with that— as I have a few books with couples).
I also feel that the whole rockstar romance trope is popular. But my rockstar romance is slightly different. The heroine sort of saves the hero in this book and I think my female readers will like that.
This blogger: I may not be female (*wryly smiles*), but I already like the sound of your heroine.
In one of my blog pieces, I discuss the importance of boredom in the writing process. When you are bored, have you ever come up with a good idea for one of your stories? If so, what was it?
Absolutely! Most of my book plots come are created when I’m bored! When I’m driving, I usually think of plots and scenes for my books!
This blogger: That is a great use of your time behind the wheel. The moral of the story is clearly to get behind the wheel more often and then more great stories will come from you. (*winks*.)
Your novels are in the romance genre. What, for you, makes a compelling romantic novel?
Oh, man! That’s a hard question. I think it depends on the trope! Enemies to lovers? I think there needs to be a lot of push and pull— a lot of heated passion. Second chance romance? I think there needs to be of hidden feelings, heavy memories, etc. The list could go on!
In all of your novels, which character is most like you? And why?
Honestly, I think there’s a little piece of me in every character. If I had to pick, I’d say Sadie from Three Summers is the most like. She’s reserved and caring— two attributes that I also possess.
This blogger: You sound like a sensible, intelligent and lovely person. It is no surprise that you have created such compelling characters.
If you could give your younger self some advice about the writing process, what would it be?
I would tell myself that other opinions do not justify success and that I can’t please everyone. Oh, and to make sure my books are all proof-read and edited up to par. (That’s so important!)
This blogger: Good advice and you are absolutely spot on as well. Other people’s opinions do not justify success, no matter how many ‘likes’ one gets on Facebook or Instagram. And proof-reading and editing one’s work so that it’s up to scratch is crucial.
How has writing changed you?
Writing has given me a huge amount of confidence. It’s given me a purpose and happiness. Moreover, it’s given me much more then I ever could have imagined!
This blogger: Honestly, that is really wonderful to hear. Long may writing give you all of the above and more.
What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?
The hardest part is getting it all to make sense. Sometimes, since it’s all in my head, I leave something important out because I assume everyone already knows, which is not the case. I now use beta readers to help point out those plot holes!
Have your family and friends read your Oak Hill series? If so, what do they think of the books and how do you feel when they talk about it with you?
Yes! They love them and they often ask if the story reflects my own relationship with my husband. Chasing Ivy has a lot of my husband and I in it from our early years so it’s fun to talk about that with them!
What do you like to do outside of writing?
My favorite thing to do is to spend time with my babies! But aside from family time, and writing/creating book covers and promo, I LOVE the beach. Plus, in the evenings I love binge watching some TV shows!
This blogger: You sound like you have a terrific work-life-family balance. Long may it all continue!
End of Interview
That, I am afraid to say, brings our interview with author SJ Sylvis to an end. I would like to thank SJ Sylvis for her time. It has been a joy getting to know her, and I wish her so much success going forwards with her writings, family, and other undertakings.
If you enjoy reading (or are intrigued by) rockstar romance, then you will love SJ’s books. Three Summers, Chasing Ivy, Falling For Fallon and Truth are all available and can be purchased on Amazon.
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