Today I'm pleased to welcome author Sylvia Hubbard to the blog to talk a little bit about her novel Love 101: Learning to Love and being a writer.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated or did you always just know you wanted to be a writer?
It was my mother’s undoing. I used to lie to her ridiculously when I was six and seven. For my punishment, after my whipping, she would have me write the lie down. I found that the lies sounded so much better written out and I could add so much depth to them. My pain became my pleasure and I’ve been a writer ever since.
What inspires most of your novels?
Actual real life incidents or situations I hear or read about. Detroit, where most of my stories take place, is a very interesting place where a fiction writer just couldn’t make this stuff up, I swear.
Is there anything you found particularly challenging when you were writing Love 101?
Justifying Evan’s way of looking for “the student” without seeming like a pedophile. LOL.
If you could be one of your characters from any of your books, who would you chose? Why?
Dana! Who else! She’s my shero! What woman does not dream of that kind of relationship? You’ll meet her in Love 101
When writing Love 101, was there anyone or anything specific that inspired the character Cheyenne Roberts?
I was attending a lot of career days during the writing of the story and I always thought the teachers were very mysterious creatures. Most hide their lives literally from where they work and you never really know what goes on “afterschool.”
What are your three favorite novels and why?
Jane Austen “Pride & Predjudice” (Mr. Darcy is the best alpha male ever created in the history of romance.) Beverly Jenkins “Indigo.” (I was literally swept away in the romance from beginning to end.) Stephen King aka Richard Bachman “Desperation” (I heard this on audio book initially and it scared the bejesus out of me so bad I had to read it. Which was even worse.)
Which do you prefer hard copy books or e-books? Why?
I will always be a true lover of paperbacks. The smell of them, the feel of them and just the look of them. Although initially I will buy ebook, but if the story is good enough or I am a fan of the author, I turn around and also purchase a hard cover of the book.
What kind of weather do you write best in?
I'm more inspired in the winter than the summer. Maybe its the cold night or the magic of freshly fallen snow, but I've come up with my best books during winter than summer.
In your opinion what three words best describe Cheyenne?
A prude, overthinker and curious.
How about Evan?
Intelligent, guarded & noncompromising
What do you hope readers take away from your book?
Discover your inner vixen and don't let your past or yourself miss opportunities of true love.
Who are your favorite three authors and why?
The same as my favorite books. Jane Austen, Beverly Jenkins and Stephen king.
If you could turn one book or series into films, what would you pick and who would you cast as the main characters?
Oh lawd, I'd love to turn the Mistaken Identity Series into a movie. I'd have Common play Evan and Paula Patton as Cheyenne
Sylvia Hubbard knew she’d wanted to be a writer of romance long before she knew there were black writers in the world. Weaving stories magically as a summer past time to writing stories to get through the humdrum of school, she was able to create something from nothing.
Today, she has independently published over 28 books, is the founder of Motown Writers Network and The AA Electronic Literary Network, CEO of HubBooks Literary Services, runs over five blogs on a variety of subjects, host The Michigan Literary Network Radio Show and is a happily divorced mother of three children in Detroit, Michigan.