International Women's Day Questionnaire: Sylvia Day
Was there a woman who helped you get where you are today?
My mother. Somehow, as an immigrant to the United States and a single mother of two headstrong daughters, she made sure we had everything we needed and never felt deprived. She taught me the value of hard work and independence.
What are your thoughts on the role of the media in shaping young female minds? As a creator, how do you combat some of these reductive and negative stereotypes that can lead to low self-esteem?
The media strives to satiate appetite, so there’s a demand for particular narratives and imagery, which can spur some young women to strive for an unattainable ideal. The solution is to change the demand, which lies solely with us as the audience. That’s easier said than done, of course, but I like to think the tide is turning. For my part, I believe there should be a story for every reader and I try to tell the stories that might be overlooked and feature characters who are underrepresented. Everyone should be able to pick up a novel and find something of themselves in it. I look to life for inspiration and try to make my stories reflective of the world we live in. I attempt to show characters who learn to recognize their flaws, strive to overcome them, and find acceptance of themselves and the people they love.
Tell us about your newest book.
I’m presently working on the first book in a planned duology. So Close follows Kane and Lily at different points in both their relationship and their lives. They’re a complicated couple, so explaining their story is equally complicated, but readers can expect a passionate love story with intrigue, suspense, family drama, and plenty of surprises.
Do you share any traits with any of your characters?
There’s a little bit of me in all my characters, especially the flaws! The traits that make them heroic are ones I aspire to.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
I’m not sure what it means that I wouldn’t warn myself away from some of my bigger mistakes. Every step and misstep brought me to this place in my life and I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished and how I’ve grown.
What book do you go back to again and again for inspiration?
I don’t have a specific book to name. Inspiration for me is ever-changing.
What would you say to a young woman questioning her worth, value, or place in the world?
The rarest treasures are the most unique. Celebrate the qualities that make you different from everyone else. You are priceless because there’s no one else like you, and that’s a wondrous thing.
In the spirit of the ever popular Instagram hashtag #WCW (Woman Crush Wednesday) – who’s your #1 woman crush right now? And why?
Ashley Graham. She advocates a focus on health over dress size and that’s a message we should all be listening to.
Day writes romance novels, speculative/paranormal fiction, historical fiction, and futuristic fiction (under the pseudonym Livia Dare). She has also published fiction under the pseudonym S. J. Day, and non-fiction.
She is the co-founder of Passionate Ink, a special interest chapter of Romance Writers of America (RWA), and served on RWA's Board of Directors from 2009-13. She was the 22nd President of RWA.
She presents workshops for writing groups and has been a speaker at events such as the RT Booklovers Convention, Romance Writers of America's National Convention, and Comic-Con.