I’m as old as my tongue and a little bit older than my teeth.
Romelia: WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR ARTISTIC PROCESS?
Sylvia Hubbard: I would say the starting part. The opening scene means so much to me, I put a lot of thought into how I’m going to introduce this story to the readers.
Romelia: DOES YOUR FAMILY SUPPORT YOUR CAREER AS A WRITER?
Sylvia Hubbard: My mother heavily supported my writing career. She understood I was a writer before I knew I was a writer and I do my best to make her proud even though she has passed on.
Romelia: IF YOU HAD TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENTLY AS A CHILD OR TEENAGER TO BECOME A BETTER WRITER AS AN ADULT, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Sylvia Hubbard: I would have taken technical creative writing classes and poetry classes.
Romelia: HOW LONG ON AVERAGE DOES IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE A BOOK?
Sylvia Hubbard: 3 months.
Romelia: DO YOU BELIEVE IN WRITER’S BLOCK?
Sylvia Hubbard: I don’t believe in writer’s block. I just believe I’m allowing too much on the brain and clearing up some things in your life that most times has nothing to do with writing can relax the muse and get her to helping out again
Romelia: AT WHAT POINT DO YOU THINK SOMEONE SHOULD CALL THEMSELVES A WRITER?
Sylvia Hubbard: The moment they put themselves in front of the public with their art.
Romelia: WHAT DIFFERENCE DO YOU SEE BETWEEN A WRITER AND AN AUTHOR?
Sylvia Hubbard: When you’ve published your work and asked for money in return to read the work.
Romelia: HOW DO YOU PROCESS AND DEAL WITH NEGATIVE BOOK REVIEWS?
Sylvia Hubbard: I don’t. If I get a negative, I treat it as a positive. Recognize someone took the time to buy and read my work.
Romelia: WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR WRITING PROCESS?
Sylvia Hubbard: Going over that sagging middle.
Romelia: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WRITING OR WHEN DID YOU START?
Sylvia Hubbard: According to my mother, I used to lie to her when I was little (about six or seven), – very horribly and after a whopping to my backside, I would have to write my lies down and then I come back and read what I had written. My self-discovery was that the lie always looked so much better on paper and soon lying because little to null while storytelling increased more and more. Due to my mother, she made my pain my passion and I love her for that.
Romelia: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A WRITER WORKING ON THEIR FIRST BOOK?
Sylvia Hubbard: Even when it’s bad, keep writing and then work with an editor to improve your writing.
Romelia: WHAT, TO YOU, ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENTS OF GOOD WRITING?
- Great balance of Plot and characters
- Depth of story
Romelia: WHAT COMES FIRST FOR YOU – THE PLOT OR THE CHARACTERS – AND WHY?
Sylvia Hubbard: Characters come first and then I find a plot to disrupt their normal. I like to get to know my characters in depth because I can weave their lives, faults and weaknesses better in the plot.
Romelia: HOW DO YOU DEVELOP YOUR PLOT AND CHARACTERS?
Sylvia Hubbard: Characters – I have them sitting in chairs in my head watching other real human beings and when I see something I like about a real human being it goes to one of the characters in my chairs. When I feel that character is complete, I move them to a plot.
Plot – I read a lot of news and books. When I come across a scenario that will make my character move out of the norm and into something worse, I start the story.
Romelia: WHEN DID YOU FIRST CALL YOURSELF A WRITER?
Sylvia Hubbard: When I was in high school, my brother used to bring people on the porch for a price and I’d tell them a story. At the end, I’d make a cliffhanger and they’d have to come back – for a price – the next day to hear the ending… or another cliffhanger, depending on if I needed more money or not.
Romelia: HOW DO YOU USE SOCIAL MEDIA AS AN AUTHOR?
Sylvia Hubbard: I use social media as breadcrumbs to my website. Each picture, post and video is used to draw people to my website where I talk about my work and interest visitors to buy.
Romelia: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE AND LEAST FAVORITE PART OF PUBLISHING?
Sylvia Hubbard: The initial part is my least favorite. Entering all the information. The best part of publishing is when I get pictures of readers taking pictures of their book and tagging me on social media.
Romelia: WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO AN AUTHOR WHO WANTED TO DESIGN THEIR OWN COVER?
Sylvia Hubbard: Stay in your lane.
Romelia: HOW MANY BOOKS HAVE YOU WRITTEN AND WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE?
Sylvia Hubbard: I just completed my 53rd book and my favorite will always be my first written, which was stone’s revenge & my second favorite is my current release Black’s Innocence.
Romelia: WHAT PART OF THE BOOK DID YOU HAVE THE HARDEST TIME WRITING?
Sylvia Hubbard: In Black’s Innocence, the hardest part was the first three chapters. Knowing what was to come after those chapters made the happiness Lauren experienced in those chapters really difficult for me to fake because I knew everything was going to be downhill from there.
Romelia: WHAT PART OF THE BOOK WAS THE MOST FUN TO WRITE?
Sylvia Hubbard: Every time Tyler found a way to torture Lauren in an effort to be with her.
Romelia: WHICH OF THE CHARACTERS DO YOU RELATE TO THE MOST AND WHY?
Sylvia Hubbard: In my current book, Black’s innocence, oddly I related more to Tyler, the brooding, uneasy man looking for revenge against all who wronged him.
Romelia: IF YOU’RE PLANNING A SEQUEL. CAN YOU SHARE A TINY BIT ABOUT YOUR PLANS FOR IT?
Sylvia Hubbard: There’s no sequel to this book, but the black family will have a nephew story after I finish two more series.
Romelia: TELL US SOMETHING FUNNY ABOUT YOUR ADULT LIFE.
Sylvia Hubbard: Actually, I really think I’m more exciting and funny on paper than in real life. Other than gardening and binging on Netflix, I’m a homebody.
Romelia: describe yourself in a few sentences. Tell us something we do not know about you and something you hate about the world.
Sylvia Hubbard: I say I’m bad on paper so I can be good in life. hate is a strong word, but I do dislike that not enough people appreciate this earth we live on to want to work hard to take care of it.
Website book link: http://sylviahubbard.com/blacksinnocence
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