Can you share a little about your journey to publication?
I must have started writing a dozen books by the time I was in college (which are so painful to read now – LOL). Then life moved on and I didn’t think about it much until I hit my forties and my kids started school. I’d just put down the fifth book in a row that I couldn’t bring myself to finish reading. I was frustrated that I wasn’t finding any satisfying reads (I just happened to be in a rut at the time—I know the world is filled with tons of fabulous books. Unfortunately, none of them were on my Kindle at that moment). I sat down at my computer and figured I’d take a crack at writing a book I’d love to read. Everything took off from there and it’s been better than I ever expected!
What authors do you like to read?
I have a special love for Kristen Ashley. I want to have her babies. She writes in so many different sub-genres that there is always a book of hers that fits my mood. I also love how she does her own thing, regardless of what anyone might say.
Do you have a favourite genre in books (to read and/or to write)?
Romantic Comedy all the way!
Is there a genre you’d like to try writing and haven’t yet?
I’m toying with the idea of Romantic Suspense and Westerns, but they’d all have to be funny too.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I want so badly to be a plotter, but the pantser in me keeps getting in the way!
Do you have a favorite character in your books?
That’s so hard. It’s usually whoever I’m writing at the moment, but Fiona from my Carolina Connections series holds a special place in my heart. And she’s the most fun to write—that’s why she keeps cropping up in all the other books, I guess.
What makes a great romance hero?
I love the guys who show some vulnerability. The whole cocky alpha thing can be really hot, but I love it when a hero opens himself up.
What makes a great romance heroine?
I love a woman who gives as good as she gets!
What is the nicest thing a reviewer has ever said about one of your books?
This one is hard too! But this review is a definite favorite: “Fun, fulfilling and fast-paced, Sylvie Stewart’s latest book, The Spark, is also a masterclass in how to write a strong, sexy heroine with a hint of vulnerability that a reformed playboy hero simply can’t resist.” – After the Rain Comes Sunshine Blog
How do you balance writing with other aspects of your life?
In a word, terribly. LOL
What do you like best about being a writer?
Getting to do what I love and sharing it with all the readers out there. It’s like a little club—I love it!
What do you like the least about being a writer?
I never feel like I’m “off.” My brain is always working on a new story or thinking about the ten-mile-long to do list waiting for me.
If you had one piece of advice for aspiring authors, what would it be?
Get involved in the author community first so you can get your ducks in a row. Then start thinking about publishing. I did it in the wrong order and have regretted it since.
Steamy romance, erotic romance or erotica – what is the difference in your view?
Steamy romance, to me, is when it’s story-driven but there’s hot sex in it. Erotic romance is when there’s an interesting story to follow, but more than half the book is sex scenes with very detailed descriptions and sexual adventures outside the “mainstream.” I classify a book as erotica if removing the sex scenes leaves no real story. Just my opinion.
Tell us more about your upcoming title in the Royal and Reckless Collection.
My book for the Royal and Reckless boxed set is called Between a Rock and a Royal. It’s really fun, steamy, and sweet all a once. Ruby is a North Carolina girl who likes wearing heels and working on cars, and she’s unfailingly loyal to her family—which gets her in a jam. Leo is a prince visiting the U.S. with his brother, and the two of them end up on an adventure that puts them in Ruby’s path. Sparks fly between Ruby and Leo, but they’re both keeping secrets. I love the chemistry between those two!
Can you please share the blurb?
Two foreign princes, one local girl in a serious jam, and a ’65 Mustang headed for Georgia. What could go wrong?
LEO: My brother likes to think he’s the clever one, and I usually let him. He’s the crown prince, after all. But he’s cocked things up royally this time, pardon the pun. It will take some quick thinking and a heavy dose of luck, but I’ll pull us out of it. Even if it means putting my trust in a stranger … a tempting stranger who carries a wrench and an attitude.
RUBY: I knew before I even agreed that this would be a bad idea. But given my circumstances, I had little choice but to take these two rich country-club rejects up on their offer. A ride in exchange for the money my uncle and I owe. How bad could it be? I’m sure I’ll survive and hopefully fix my problems in the process, but my heart might not be so lucky.
What appeals to you about writing a story featuring a royal?
I actually never planned on it. Most of my books are about “regular folk.” But it’s been a fun departure—so much so that another book featuring Leo’s brother is in the works!
Why do you think readers love stories featuring royals?
Let’s face it—most people who read romance have seen Prince Charles and Lady Diana’s wedding more than once. And the fact that they got divorced hardly even matters! It’s the fantasy. If we actually knew any royals, we probably wouldn’t be interested in reading romances about them - LOL