Happy Anniversary, CTR! My career started the same year as Coffee Time–2004.
I've pretty much always wanted to be a romance author. When I was twelve, I wrote a report for class that said I aspired to be a romance novelist. Thankfully my teacher, a rather somber man, pulled me aside after class and told me to go for it. He said I had a gift with words and that I shouldn't lose sight of writing as a career. I can't remember his name now, but I'm so grateful for his support and kind words.
Still, I did lose sight of writing for a while. I graduated, started working, and eventually joined the military. When I returned to civilian life, I got married and had two children. It wasn't until October 2003 that I had a moment while my children were napping to think about what I was going to do once both my kids were in school all day. I wanted to go back to work and it seemed the perfect opportunity to start over again. I was reminded of my long ago dream to write and I sat down at my computer to get started.
In the summer of 2004, Lori Foster held the Brava Novella Contest, in which the prize was publication with Kensington Books. I submitted an entry, was selected by Lori as a finalist, and ended up the Readers' Choice Winner with a publishing contract. Now, here it is eight years later, and my latest novel, Bared to You, is on both the New York Times and USA Today bestsellers lists. I look back and wonder how it is that I ended up where I am now. It seems so surreal and I feel very blessed.
To celebrate eight wonderful years of doing what I love, I'll give away eight books to eight commenters–one book each. 🙂 Winners choice of a Kindle or Nook copy of Bared to You OR a Kindle or Nook copy of A Caress of Wings (releasing June 5th).
- About the Author
- Posts in the Past
Sylvia Day is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen novels. A wife and mother of two, she is a former Russian linguist for the U.S. Army Military Intelligence. Sylvia’s work has been called an “exhilarating adventure” by Publishers Weekly and “wickedly entertainingâ€ by Booklist. Her stories have been translated into several languages. She’s been honored with the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the EPPIE award, the National Readers’ Choice Award, the Readers’ Crown, and multiple finalist nominations for Romance Writers of Americaâ€™s prestigious RITAÂ® Award of Excellence.