America’s newly acclaimed erotic author, Sylvia Day chats exclusively with Socialite Life about the success and story behind her best selling romance Bared To You.
Since its summer debut, author Sylvia Day’s Bared To You has been named the #1 Best Romance of the Year to date and has made its way to the New York Times Bestsellers List. The dark erotic tale tells the story of Eva Tramell, a young assistant making her way in New York and Gideon Cross, a billionaire entrepreneur who pursues her. Both characters have painful pasts of sexual abuse and their undeniable magnetic attraction propels them to new heights as they soon take on the challenge of making an emotional and very physical relationship work. As the erotic romance genre continues to skyrocket amongst readers across the nation, we wouldn’t dare pass up the opportunity to chat with Mrs. Sylvia Day.
Read our exclusive interview with the newest international publishing phenomenon, Sylvia Day as she talks about the success of her new erotic romance and what we can expect in the upcoming sequel Reflected in You set to be released in October.
Obviously, readers are comparing your book to 50 shades; some say Bared to You is more edgy, others have said it’s very similar. For those who have yet to read your book, can you tell us what you feel sets your book apart from 50 Shades?
The 50 Shades series is a Cinderella story, more like a Mary Susan fiction where the characters seemingly have no flaws. You have this virginal inexperienced girl with a disadvantaged past who comes from a middle class family that meets this hero who sweeps her off her feet and brings her into a life of having lots of money. While the hero rescues her from having no money, she rescues him from himself. That’s the jest of that story. The crossfire series is very different in that these two characters are almost mere images of each other. Unlike Christian and Anastasia, Eva and Gideon are both wealthy and have had that advantage. As they get to know each other they realize they have the same traumas in their past, which is both are sexual child abuse survivors. So there’s a lot of baggage that comes into the relationship and they both cope with those traumas in totally different ways. The things she uses to thrive trigger him in negative ways and vice versa. The only similarity between the two books is that the heroes happen to be very wealthy but when you get into the heroines, the dynamic and relationships are nothing alike.
Where you at all surprised with the success of this book?
Totally! I’ve had previous romance novels that touched on the subjects of abuse within the character’s past, but because of the traditional format of a romance novel such as switching the points of views between the heroin and the hero and the page count, I was never really able to dig into it. When I wrote Bared To You, it was only for me to touch on all those different aspects and really dig in which is what makes it really dark. Both characters are very flawed people and I wasn’t sure if readers would connect with that. I put it out there with the expectation that I might be the only person to like it so it was a huge surprise.
Erotic romance novels have been around for a long time, but 50 Shades of Grey and Bared to You have become over night sensations, what is it about these books that drive people to want more?
It’s a page-turner situation where readers need to know what happens next. Because its not resolved in the first book they automatically want to move into the second book. It’s a dynamic that follows in first person which is not usual for erotic romances, so you’re only exposed to one person’s point of view, which makes the hero even more mysterious. Readers are also trying to figure him out along with the heroin and there’s that feeling of having to see what happens next. It’s a different dynamic when you have one love story going across multiple books, than it is when its resolved in one book, which is the usual in romance. Readers want to get to the end of the book and the story is resolved. In these cases, because it’s such a large over working story and there are so many issues to work through, it can’t be resolved in one book and that’s what draws the readers in a little deeper.
So with that being said, can you give us a hint of what we can expect more or less of in the new sequel set to be released this fall?
The first book introduced the readers to the characters and is about their initial attraction to each other. It exposed the heroin’s issues and what her past traumas were. We didn’t get into the hero’s, which just scratched along the surfaces. In the second book, it gets much more intense. The sequel is the day to day dynamic of these two people with these sorts of issues, trying to make a life together.
When it comes to creating these erotic tales, where do the scenes generate and how do you keep them interesting?
There’s different ways to write erotic fiction, so when people ask what types of erotic novels I write, I say its one man, one woman using the equipment God gave them! People write all sorts of things like ménages, BDSM, sex toys and I don’t write those things. With me having 2 children of my own, I’m very familiar with one-man one-woman using what god gave them. The most important part of writing an erotic scene is the emotional investment of the characters. The scene should move the story forward. When people read it and they try to cut the sex scene out, they miss something pivotal to the emotional growth of the characters, so that’s what I focus on when I write a scene, not necessarily what happens physically.
What’s is your favorite scene in the book and why?
Its toward the end, the heroin just found out that he has a former fiancé she didn’t know about. It’s very explosive and it’s a huge turning point in their relationship. They have this argument and I loved writing that whole scene just because of the emotional responses these two had to the thought that maybe this isn’t going to work out.
Are there any other authors who influence your work or who you would recommend that are similar to you?
Lora Leigh, I would actually say is a lot bigger than E.L. James and I. Maya Banks, Shelby Reed, and Lauren Dane, she writes really deep and emotional stories. I love her characters in that they are very mature and never fall for the standard romance tropes.
There is a lot of buzz about wanting these books to become feature films, If Bared to You became a major motion picture, do you have a set image of who you would want to play the roles of Eva and Gideon?
I get asked that a lot! I didn’t have anyone in mind when I wrote the book so it didn’t come up until the book was finished. I had to take reader’s suggestions so I collected these images of their ideas. I’ve kind of narrowed it down to Henry Cavill and Scarlet Johansson.
What do you want readers to gain from reading your book, Bared To You?
It doesn’t matter where you have been or what’s happed to you, you can still find somebody that will love you just the way you are.
Reader’s will enjoy reading Bared to You simply because…it’s emotionally entertaining!
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