Interview with Sylvia Day

Posted by Goodreads on April 18, 2016
Sylvia Day
It began with Bared to You—and now it's coming to an end with One with You. Over the course of five books, Sylvia Day has spun an irresistible epic out of Eva Trammel and Gideon Cross's often rocky, always steamy romance. Have you fallen under her spell? If you have, you wouldn't be alone. One with You was one of our Highly Anticipated Books of 2016 here on Goodreads. While Day is best known for her Crossfire series, her Renegade Angels and Jax & Gia books are also readily devoured by romance fans around the world. And if you like a little supernatural sizzle in your stories? Well, Day has something for you, too. She publishes more fantastical fiction under the pseudonyms S.J. Day (urban fantasy series Marked) and Livia Dare (futuristic thriller In the Flesh). What's next for the bestselling author who is recognized internationally? We don't know, but we bet we're going to like it.

Read on as Day answers your questions about how her book tours inspired her writing, why she cried when she finished One with You, and where we might get our next Gideon fix.



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Luthermilla Ecole: I am a huge fan! I am ANXIOUSLY waiting for One with You. After all these years writing about Eva and Gideon, are you having—or did you have—any problem letting them go?
I wrote a few different drafts of One with You that weren't right before I finally wrote one that worked. I knew something was wrong with the earlier attempts when I didn't feel the grief I expected to feel at the end. That said, when I finally wrote the manuscript that became the finished novel, I cried but not with sorrow. I was so happy for Gideon! I'd finally reached the point where I had done what I needed to do, and it was time to wish him and Eva well as they move forward without me.

Nicole: Did you always want to be a writer? How old were you when you decided to pursue it professionally?
I knew I wanted to be a novelist when I was 12 years old. I was 30 when I finally sat down to write my first book.

Maria: I absolutely adore your Crossfire series! I'm a clinical social worker and have worked with trauma survivors (and thrivers, as we sometimes refer to them). I was struck with how accurately you told Gideon and Eva's story—and how you showed how trauma survivors react in certain situations. You do such a splendid job of it! What sort of research did you do to convey such authentic responses?
Thank you. It was very important to me to accurately portray the ramifications of childhood sexual abuse in young adults. I started by reading self-help books for survivors, then moved on to clinical guides for therapists. I also spoke with actual therapists and their patients.

Brittany H.: My grandma and I are in love with your Crossfire series! What is your favorite scene from each book?
I loved the Bryant Park fight scene in Bared to You, the night Gideon came to Eva after she wrote him a heartbreaking email in Reflected in You, the wedding weekend in Entwined with You, the café scene in Captivated by You, and the afternoon in the Outer Banks in One with You.

April: I am so happy that One with You is coming out on MY BIRTHDAY. Happy birthday to me! What other books would you recommend for readers who don't want to say good-bye to Gideon and Eva?
The Fifth Favor by Shelby Reed, Naked in Death by J.D. Robb, Angels' Blood by Nalini Singh, and pretty much anything by Olivia Gates.

MC: I would argue your characters have a greater depth than in most other romances. Is character development the most important aspect of your storytelling? Or do you find a good plot or do steamy descriptions drive your writing?
Characters are the driving force, completely. For me, the evolution of the hero and heroine is the plot. Situations and secondary characters around them are catalysts, but they're not the engine powering the story.

Machi: If you lost the ability to read and write for 24 hours, how would you spend that day?
I'd do anything from getting lunch and seeing a movie with my kids to just being lazy on the couch or heading to an amusement park.

Teresa Breckenridge: I'm always intrigued with the lifestyles of creative individuals like yourself. You must meet so many interesting people when you travel for book tours! Have any of those experiences influenced your writing or inspired some of your characters?
Absolutely! Gideon's bachelor party weekend in Rio was directly inspired by my book tours in Brazil.

Liz: If you wrote a book about your life, what would the title be? What would the genre be?
Breakaway. Contemporary women's fiction.

Thai Holman: Will we hear from Gideon Cross after One with You? We'll miss him!
Yes, we'll see Gideon again. All of my characters exist within one fictional universe. Whether I've written a historical or a paranormal or a futuristic novel, the world is the same and all of my characters live within it. This means the great-grandchildren of my historical characters may appear in my contemporary stories and so on. As I move on to different series, my newer characters will exist in the same world as Gideon, and considering the extent of his fortune and influence, we'll be sure to cross paths with him again.

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message 1: by Ahmad (new)

Ahmad Orabi I hope to be one of them soon


message 2: by Mandi (new)

Mandi Sparks Great promotion for one with you
Still no better knowing when the renegade. Angels series is gonna be completed
Don't worry we've only been waiting years


message 3: by Christine (new)

Christine What about part 3, Renegade Angels???


message 4: by Chris (new)

Chris Mask What do people want from this woman? I don't know her and I certainly don't owe her anything but, I have never seen such vicious fans around these novels. That speaks for itself in my opinion. She certainly wrote these characters well to be given to absolute rudeness and ire about the way everything turned out! People sure bought into the characters. I read all of them and enjoyed them immensely. Sure, there were things I wished had been delved into a little deeper but, it's her books and it's her characters. I think they were awesomely written! Get on with it!


message 5: by Sherri (new)

Sherri Lockwood I would hope to hear from Eva and Gideon again. The way she left it off. I have hopes to hear about Carey,Tray and the baby. Maybe a lady for Victor. Sylvia???????

I was/am so emotionally invested in this series I dont think i could ever get enough. That being said I think Sylvia did pretty good. I would of liked more after the honeymoon.


message 6: by Fiorella (new)

Fiorella Boschetti I really didn't catch what she said about seeing more of Gideon...the series as it is it's great but the finale was just to dull and flat for my liking, I expected si much more. We all wanted an epilogue where we could see everyones life in the future but anyway great job!


message 7: by E.A. (new)

E.A. Turley Well, I for one would like to congratulate Sylvia on her brilliant series! I've followed this one all the way through and love it.

I'll be keeping an eye out for your next one too. Thank you for allowing us to experience Eva and Gideon, they were fantastic!


message 8: by Lisbeth (last edited Apr 20, 2016 04:31PM) (new)

Lisbeth Voisin Sue wrote: "What would your response be to all of the thousands of people that are so disappointed with the way the way you ended the series? Instead of giving them the answers that they deserved and craved wh..."

I am so sorry that Sylvia, who has given us all so much of her time, talent and Heart (!!) has to see comments such as this. When I read Sue's comments, all I see is a troubled individual and I wonder if somehow she needs to be nasty? Does this make her feel better ? This looks to be a problem of free floating hostility that looks for its next victim...anybody would do. Sylvia writes, as all authors do, because she needs and wants to write and to give. I thank Sylvia from the heart for the beauty of the emotions she expresses with her words. Thank you Sylvia Day for the pleasure you have given me... and I am mature enough to accept the wait necessary to read the sequels. A true writer does NOT grind out books on command. She seeks perfection in expression and that does take time. Doesn't it ?!


message 9: by Lisbeth (new)

Lisbeth Voisin I love "One with You". Thank you, Sylvia, for your sensitive and beautiful writing. I adored the Crossfire Novels, they are among my favorite favorites :-) and I am an exacting reader ! Thank you, too, for taking the time you needed to make them perfect. I wish I could more fully express how much this saga means to me... but for the moment I am speechless. Would a heartfelt "Hugs and Thank You" do ?


message 10: by Ana (last edited Apr 20, 2016 05:37PM) (new)

Ana I loved the series and the last book was a fitting ending to their story. Would I loved to read an ending whether happy or neutral for every character? absolutely. I do have to say I expected more confrontations from Eva since in the first 4 books Gideon fought so hard for her. But I liked that we read about the struggle of thier relationship and it wasn't the standard happy ending, even though they truly were happy as long as they were together. I would have loved to read an epilogue about their future, babys and all. Also, I liked the refrence to Gideon and his brother having a better relationship. Although, I would have love to read their interaction. I saw on TV and interview Silvia Day did and spoke about being able to write more about Eva And Giedon on the future becuase of the way she ended the last book. Hopefully well get a 6th with every character's ending. The books was dull and I did expected more,but again very fitting endidng for the main characters on my opinion.


message 11: by Sonja (new)

Sonja Quiñonez Best series EVER...the last book was by far my favorite :) FANTASTIC job Syliva. Thank you for sharing these characters and their story with me!


message 12: by Carmen (new)

Carmen I have had the pleasure to read the series and I am very pleased. If I had to compare this book to 50 Shades, I would say it could not compare. I love the dynamics between the characters, the steaming relations, the mystery and intrigue the series brought to the readers. I hate to see the series go, but I do understand all good books must come to an end. I enjoyed your writing and look forward to reading more.


message 13: by Denise (new)

Denise Sims I read most of Ms. Day's books and love them. She wrote 2 books about "Dream Protectors" but after the second book it felt like a third book should follow. So many questions were left unanswered. Are there any plans for additional books in this series?


message 14: by Glenys (new)

Glenys Mcconnell well done sylvia,what a wonderfull series.loved all 4 books.i was a little disapointed with the end,i wanted to know how cary an tray worked out,and victor,but i guess im just sad to see it end,ill just have to read it all again lol.thanks a lot for many hours of entertainment.look forward to reading more of your work.xxxxx


message 15: by Patricia (new)

Patricia Camaioni Chris wrote: "What do people want from this woman? I don't know her and I certainly don't owe her anything but, I have never seen such vicious fans around these novels. That speaks for itself in my opinion. She ..."


message 16: by Patricia (new)

Patricia Camaioni Well said! I could not believe there were such vicious fans out there.
Loved all the books and will certainly reread them. The writing was exceptional and it will be one the best love story I have read.


message 17: by Pamela (new)

Pamela Montgomery I love the love story between Eva and Gideon !❤ And so happy for just one more book. It's like being invited into they're life for a little longer. I will miss them but there story will be re-read many time. Thank you for that.


message 18: by E. (new)

E. Kelly I absolutely LOVED this series I have read and reread these books a number of times . I do enjoy how you write and I have read some of your other books too. I did hear that you are planning on a movie on this series is this true? I do hope so. I was wondering if you ever thought about writing a book on some older characters a nice love story . Not everyone is under 30 and a uber rich.. try to keep that in mind ..thanks for the wonderful stories ..keep writing I'll be reading !


message 19: by Dawn (new)

Dawn Eaton Best and well written series I have ever read!!! I can't even begin to tell you how much I enjoyed these books, how obsessed I've become with Gideon and Eva's story, and how devastated that, at least for now, their story is over. Thank you Sylvia Day for the most amazing ride. Gideon and Eva will stay with me always!!!!!


message 20: by Nathalia (new)

Nathalia Albuquerque I'm disappointed with the fifth book , what happened to Cary ? As Gideon told Eva about the twin sister of Monica ? What files found in Luke the safe house had about Christopher and Gideon ? Anyway , I hope you change your mind about being the last book, the story was very vague ...


message 21: by Patricia (new)

Patricia Cox I hope you don't mind me asking, but who is your literary agent? Your books are so engaging!


message 22: by Sue (last edited Sep 28, 2016 01:54AM) (new)

Sue L You have your opinion Lisbeth, I'm certainly entitled to mine. Sylvia put zero effort into finishing this series IN MY OPINION and to get no answers after waiting 18 months for this book was an insult to her readers, IN MY OPINION. I'm sorry if you don't agree but again My OPINION AND I THOUGHT THE BOOK WAS TERRIBLE AND UNFINISHED


message 23: by Sue (new)

Sue L Lisbeth wrote: "Sue wrote: "What would your response be to all of the thousands of people that are so disappointed with the way the way you ended the series? Instead of giving them the answers that they deserved a..."

You have your opinion Lisbeth, I'm certainly entitled to mine. Sylvia put zero effort into finishing this series IN MY OPINION and to get no answers after waiting 18 months for this book was an insult to her readers, IN MY OPINION. I'm sorry if you don't agree but again My OPINION AND I THOUGHT THE BOOK WAS TERRIBLE AND UNFINISHED


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