Behind The Books – Interview With Sylvia Day + $10 Gift Card Giveaway!!

by Maryse on May 2, 2012 · 72 comments

in Behind The Books

Author Sylvia Day

UPDATE: Winner Announcement!! —> Congratulations to Lauren, who won the $10 gift card!! :)

Guess what guys!!? Remember how excited we all were after reading “Bared to You“? How we chatted, and went over every little detail. How many questions we had, our speculations about a few of the emotional situations to come, and how many more books there might be?

Well… it’s our lucky day!! The author is here to answer our questions and provide some insight as to how she created these seemingly real characters, and her own emotional writing process as their story came to be. Even little tidbits about what’s to come. *squeeeee* I’m so excited!!

Let’s welcome Author Sylvia Day!!


Maryse: Hi Sylvia!! Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us!

You already know how much I loved your book and I’m dying to know more!! I read about how the idea for Bared to You came about when you wrote Seven Years to Sin. Can you tell us more about that inspiration?

Sylvia: Seven Years to Sin is a Regency-set historical that tells the love story of two abuse survivors. Jessica was physically abused as a child and Alistair was emotionally abused. For a variety of reasons, I wasn’t able to delve into the aftereffects of abuse as deeply as I would’ve liked, so I continued to think about Alistair and Jessica after I turned the manuscript in to the publisher. Readers were also emailing me to continue the secondary story, which followed Jessica’s sister Hester and her recovery from a physically abusive marriage. That continuing thought process-the speculation over how a history of abuse would affect the building of a healthy romantic relationship-eventually morphed into Gideon and Eva’s story.

Maryse: Sounds amazing! I must read your historical!! So many of us absolutely adored this book and have already declared it as one of our absolute favorites of the year. How was your experience at the latest RT Convention, considering it practically coincided with the release ? Was Bared to You getting a ton of attention?

Sylvia: I’m so happy you enjoyed the book! I can’t tell you what that means to me or how much I appreciate you sharing it with others. Thank you!

Since Bared to You had just released the week before the convention, I expected to be introducing it to readers for the first time and for the most part, that was the case. It was a lovely surprise to meet readers who’d already read it and loved it.

Maryse: Oh wow, and here, we were, all in a Gideon reading frenzy. LOL! These characters were written in such a way that they were easy to connect to. Raw and emotional and so very human. The psychological aspect and past abuse issues were prominent in both of the character’s lives. Was it hard for you to delve into those darker subject matters?

Sylvia: Doing the research into the aftereffects of childhood sexual abuse was heartbreaking. And once I connected with Gideon and Eva, it really hurt. I cried for them.

Maryse: How did Gideon’s character come to you? Was it hard to write such a conflicted, seemingly unemotional man? How was it to explore the changes in Gideon’s personality once Eva was involved?

Sylvia: Gideon started out as Alistair. When I began Bared, I transplanted Alistair and Jessica from Regency London to modern-day Manhattan (which is why the two couples look alike and have similarities in circumstance). Alistair provided the framework for Gideon, as did Roarke (from the In Death series), but Gideon’s abuse is unique to him, as is the way he built a life around it and who he is as an individual. As far as difficulty in writing him, he’s very closed off. I tried to write Bared in my usual third person POV, but I couldn’t get inside him. He’s such a private man. The only way he allowed me to see him was through Eva’s eyes and in the things he said. So Eva took over. I’m as startled, frustrated, and enchanted by the things Gideon does as Eva is.

Maryse: Eva’s POV was perfect. It allowed the reader to become her, and to experience the trepidation, passion and heartache with her.

My friend Jenny asks if there is any chance of a few chapters from Gideons POV?

Sylvia: A few chapters? I don’t know. Right now I can’t imagine he’ll ever let me in to that extent. I did promise to write a scene from his POV, though, and I hope he’s cooperative. *fingers crossed*

Maryse: So do we!! In our chats about this book, we realized just how many so us truly connected to Eva. We were right there with her in so many of her spontaneous reactions, her rash decision making, her insecurities and her deep love for Gideon. You’ve written her so well, it feels like we know her. Almost as if we ARE her. Are there any surprises coming our way in terms of Eva’s life (past/future)?

Sylvia: I’m so glad you like Eva. I really love her, too.

Eva’s expecting a visit from her dad and also from an ex-boyfriend that she’s still friends with.

Maryse: Ohhhhh another ex to contend with!! This is gonna be good!!

My friend Sali wanted to know: “Was Eva’s move to NY because of Nathan? Will Gideon seek revenge on Nathan?”

Sylvia: Eva moved to New York because of her chosen profession and Cary’s. She also wants very much to have a healthy relationship with her mother. Going to school in San Diego was part of her coping mechanism (running away from conflict), but she’s trying to work on that. Being close to Monica is part of that slow growth.

As for Gideon and Nathan, Eva is extremely precious to Gideon. He’ll protect her and the acceptance he’s found with her, whatever it takes. He doesn’t have any boundaries where Eva is concerned.

Maryse: Yes… he’s quite clear on that aspect. *sigh* What was your favorite moment in the book? Most heartbreaking? The most surprising moment for you, in your writing of Bared to You?

Sylvia: I really loved the end, when Gideon and Eva have it out in her bathroom after the Waldorf-Astoria. And the most heartbreaking for me was when he carries her to the library and begs her to take him back. In both of those scenes I was able to see inside him. The most surprising moment for me was when I got to Chapter 6 and realized Cary’s a man. He first came to me as a woman, but the fit wasn’t right. I couldn’t put my finger on what was niggling at me until I realized I was getting my signals crossed because he’s bisexual. Once that came to me, it all fell into place and I fell in love with him.

Maryse: WhatWhatWhaaaat? Cary starting out as a woman!? His story is quite intriguing too… theres’s much to explore. We’re so glad he came to you as he did.

Sali asked if you already know where the story is leading or are you waiting until you write more, to find out where it all goes?

Sylvia: I know all the threads that need to be tied, but I expect Eva and Gideon to surprise me.

Maryse: How many books are you hoping to write in this series?

Sylvia: I’d thought it would be just one, but it wasn’t possible. I’ve had two NY editors tell me that it’ll definitely be three books, based on how much there is to cover. But I’m not going to write with a set number of books in mind. It’ll take as long as it takes to do justice to the story, whether that turns out to be three books or two.

Maryse: Yayyyyyy!!! You don’t know how happy you just made us. Explore it as long as you need to. We’re happy to take the journey with them!

In fact, Jenny asks if you are you going to explore more of Cary and his past? His future? Considering the depth of his own story, might there be the possibility of a spinoff?

Sylvia: You’ll see more of Cary and his story as Eva’s story continues. Her friendship with him is one of the foundations of her life. When he’s shaky, so is she and vice versa. She can’t be happy if he’s not. Whether that leads to a book for Cary, I don’t know. Right now he’s not talking to me that way, but if that changes and he tells me his story, I’ll share it with you.

Maryse: Great!! We also connected to Cary & Eva’s relationship. He appears to be very dependent on Eva.

Sali wants to know if  Eva fills a mother roll for Cary or is it more like a girlfriend but without the emotional/intimacy issues that Cary struggles with? How will this affect Gideon’s relationship with Eva in the future.

Sylvia: Cary and Eva are the closest to family that either of them have. Eva doesn’t open up to her mother or father the way she does with Cary. There’s a deep trust between them, because they know the best and worst about each other and love each other anyway.

Cary acts out his self-loathing in front of Eva deliberately, knowing she can help him as no one else can and that she won’t think less of him or turn away from him when he baits her. That’s one of her core strengths–unconditional love, which is something both Cary and Gideon need.

Gideon is on the fence about Cary, but he’ll have to deal with that. Cary is very much a brother to Eva. As far as she’s concerned, they’re related and connected to each other’s lives forever. She won’t let anything jeopardize that. She’s too fiercely loyal.

Maryse: Absolutely. I can definitely sense a struggle in Gideon’s acceptance of Cary and Eva’s closeness. Although I was actually surprised at how well he’s taken “them”, so far.

If this was ever to be made into a movie, who would be your “dream cast”?

Sylvia: Oh man… I’ll have to think about that one.

Maryse: Haha! We’ll probably end up making a dedicated picture folder to those that we “envision” as the characters shortly. I think a few examples have already come my way, and I, too, have a clear image of “Gideon” in my head.

Bared to You” was self-published. Can you tell us about your decision process and your experience since releasing it this way?

Sylvia: There were two main reasons why I chose to self-publish Bared. One was timing in relation to my other releases. I have three publishers and unfortunately they sometimes release my books right on top of each other, sometimes on the same day. I wanted Bared to fill a gap between releases. The other consideration was the subject matter. I wasn’t open to changing Eva’s history or the symptoms of Gideon’s psychological trauma. It wasn’t an option for me to remove any of the darker, perhaps controversial aspects of the story to make Gideon more “heroic” or Eva’s past less ugly. The only way to control the timing and the editorial was to do it independently, so I never considered shopping it wide.

Maryse: I’m happy that you were able to tell the story exactly as it came to you. The depth and emotion is what had us so invested in them. As intense as this book was for us, and how viscerally we reacted (in a good way – we love all of that angst and those moments of shock verging on heartbreak), do you have a favorite book that affected you similarly?

Sylvia: The Fifth Favor by Shelby Reed. It’s so heart wrenching. The hero is dark and tormented and so damn delicious. That book ate at me while I was reading it and haunted me for weeks afterward. It took a long time before I was able to reread it, because I had to mentally prepare myself for the experience. I give the book my highest recommendation. It’s angsty romance at its finest and the book will forever be on my keeper shelf.

Maryse: Oh wow!! That is exactly what I (and so may of us) love to read, and I’m absolutely getting it next!

Thank you so much Sylvia for clearing up some questions, letting us into your  writing world, and indulging our need for more Gideon and Eva. This has been so much fun!

Find out more about Sylvia, and get news updates from her by checking out her website (she’s written tons of books!!):


P.S. –>  $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card giveaway (to one lucky winner, that I will randomly choose from the comments below).

How to enter for a chance to win it? Just leave a comment below, I will end the “contest” at 9pm EST tomorrow night (Thursday May 3rd 2012), and I will contact the winner by email to confirm if you want the Barnes and Noble card or the Amazon card. The winner will be contacted and the gift card will be sent to the email address provided (make sure it’s valid!!). NOTE: The “winner” will have 48 hours to respond to the winning email notification. If no response is received, I will randomly select another winner. Make sure to check your email, so you do not loose your chance. This is open to anyone that can receive an emailed giftcard from either of these two companies.


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{ 72 comments… read them below or add one }

Scamp May 2, 2012 at 10:33 AM

ohh ohh me me pick me pick me =)
I havent read it yet but been wanting to based on all ya’lls freakin out!

Janie May 2, 2012 at 10:36 AM

I need to read this book! I keep hearing such good things!

Gitte May 2, 2012 at 10:58 AM

OMG I have a massive smile right now reading this…I LOVE it!!! I can’t wait till October now!!!

Krysta May 2, 2012 at 10:58 AM

:) :) PICK MEE!! :) :) :)

Jackie May 2, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Wow! Loved the insight into how Gideon and Eva came to be, and also love that there may be 2 more books coming! Squeeeee…………..Now I need to go download and read “The Fifth Favor”. Thanks so much for posting this Maryse! Bared to You is definietely one of my favorite books of this year………….maybe of the last few years. It might be one of those that I have to read every year.

Jenny Aspinall May 2, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Oh yay!!! We had sooo much fun doing those questions! Great interview Maryse. Roll on October.
Thanks for letting Sali and I be part of it xx

Kiersten May 2, 2012 at 11:21 AM

This book was an awesome read, I couldn’t put it down! I appreciate you taking the time to Interview Sylvia for us, Maryse! I am impatiently waiting for the second book. October seems so far away…..

Debbie May 2, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Me Me Me me!!!!!! So love this book!!!!!

Lise May 2, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Maryse, great interview. I just bought The Fifth Favor and can’t wait to read it. Love all of the recommendations from you and the authors you interview.

Jeannie Smith May 2, 2012 at 11:30 AM

It’s amazing what an eclectic writer Sylvia Day is – Paranormal, historical and contemporary – and I also want to read the book that affected her so much.

Melissa May 2, 2012 at 11:31 AM

I actually did not like this book. I felt it was the biggest Fifty Shades rip-off. Right down to some of the same lines and scenarios. I didn’t feel connected to Gideon at all and didn’t find him likeable. His childhood abuse was never fully explained and left you hanging.
I usually like the books you recemmend and will keep checking them out but I was not a fan of this one. Sorry…

Megan May 2, 2012 at 11:37 AM

What a great interview!! I can’t wait to find out what’s next for Eva and Gideon! :)

Barbara May 2, 2012 at 11:38 AM

I will definitely be trying this book…

Maureen May 2, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Thanks for a great interview. I can’t wait to read the next book.

Sheri Zee May 2, 2012 at 11:51 AM

LOVE this book & can’t wait to read the next one!!!

Lori May 2, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Awesome interview :) I can not wait for October, I’m even more anxious for more Gideon and Eva now!!!!!

Robyn B. May 2, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Fantastic interview! I loved Bared to you and I am dying for the second book!

Nancy Parken May 2, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Loved this book! Maryse is seldom wrong when she recommends a book. Love her blog, too.

Lauren May 2, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Great interview! I loved this one and am waiting not so patiently for Book 2.

Sylvia Day May 2, 2012 at 12:35 PM

I’m so happy to hear that many of you enjoyed Bared to You. Thank you. ((hugs))

Those of you who try The Fifth Favor, I hope you love it as much as I did. :)

Kistrine May 2, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Thank you for that interview! Sylvia seems down to earth and approachable! I would’ve loved to be a fly on the wall and just listen! Can’t wait for the next installment! Appreciate all that you do!

Laura J. May 2, 2012 at 12:52 PM

I absolutely LOVED Bared To You! What a great interview! It is so interesting to hear about an author’s thought process as they write a book. The fact that Cary started as a woman is just the kind of thing I love to hear! Thanks for sharing with us!!

Christine May 2, 2012 at 12:53 PM

This book definitely filled the gap I had after finishing the fifty shades books, I cannot wait to read the next one! I must look into ‘The Fifth Favor’ as well now! Thanks for a great interview!

Tracy May 2, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Love the interview!!

Melissa May 2, 2012 at 1:18 PM

OOHH!! I hope I win! :)

julie May 2, 2012 at 1:33 PM

I loved Bared to You. Now off to get the Fifth Favor!

Shelley May 2, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Maryse, you found us a treasure trove of literary awesomeness in Sylvia Day. I love historical and contemporary romance and Sylvia does them so darn well. That’s what it’s all about, finding the one that makes your heart skip a beat, and gets the tummy flip flopping.
I live for the rush and excitement of finding the elusive book that gives all of that and more.
Great interview! and Great Questions from Sali and Jenny too!!

Lisa May 2, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Loved the interview and loving the book (just started it last night). I can’t wait to get home to finish it.

stephanie May 2, 2012 at 1:51 PM

I can’t WAIT til October….thanks for the great interview! :)

Danielle May 2, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Fabulous interview!! Fingers crossed for a B&N giftcard!

Anita Fleming May 2, 2012 at 2:27 PM


Beverly Oakley May 2, 2012 at 2:57 PM

LOVED BARED TO YOU!!!!!!!!!! Great questions! Great interview! You’ve found amazing books before, Bared To You, is my favorite!!! I feel lucky!!!!!

Cindy May 2, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Can’t wait for Book 2….

Carla May 2, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Ow that was awesome! Thanks Maryse! ;)
Oh boy… Eva’s ex boyfriend? Love it! Very much fair.Now i’m dying to know Gideon’s reaction about this. hahahahaha I hope he’ll be still in love with her.

Tracy Beck May 2, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Thanks for the opportunity and all the great recommendations.

Damaris May 2, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Nice interview. I will definitely read Bared To You. Gideon and Eva sound really intetesting charracters. I liked reading about couples overcoming issues and how it affects their relationship. Thank you for interview and giveaway offer.

Mary Beth Provence May 2, 2012 at 3:57 PM

I loved this book, I can’t wait till the next one. I will pretty much follow them where ever they go, and i look forward to the journey.

Kim May 2, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Loved this book! I did not want to put it down.

Cindy May 2, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Thank you so much for not only this interview wgich gave us more insight to the characters but for having this abilutely fantastic website that let’s everone know about these great books out there that we may not have found!! I have been in a reading frezy ever since finding your website. Used to be there would be these long draughts before a book was released!! Now I’m like a kid in a candy store with too many choices and my husband telling me to cool it with tha Amazon bill! Thank you, thank you!!!!!!! Cindy

Saber May 2, 2012 at 5:06 PM

I am sooooo glad you did an interview with her…I just wanted to really see what was going through her AWESSOME head when she wrote this book !

Channa May 2, 2012 at 5:11 PM

LOVED, LOVED, LOVED Bared to You. I can’t wait for book 2. I’m completely enamoured of Gideon. Finally a hero who expresses himself. Totally refreshing, HOT and leaves me wanting more!

sali May 2, 2012 at 5:23 PM

OMG !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANKU SOOOO MUCH FOR INVOLVING jENNY & I IN THIS !!!!!!!!
this interview was fantastic !! ….but …now i have even MORE questions lol .
i can not WAIT to see how Eva’s dad takes Gideon !!! can u imagine the 2 most alpha over protective important men in Eva’s life coming together say ummm …over brunch lol ooowwww this is going to be good !!!!
ooohhh & an ex-boyfriend !! squuueeeee we r going to see sooooo much more of Gideons personality come out if he keeps getting confronted like that YYYIIIIPPPIII !!!

Laura May 2, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Great job Maryse. Loved her in depth responses. Can’t wait or book 2.


Becky K. May 2, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Great interview. Bared to You is at the tip top of my tbr list. Can’t wait to read it.

katherine walsh May 2, 2012 at 6:01 PM

LOVE LOVE LOVR your blog!!!!! come here everyday!!!!!!

Lisa May 2, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Great Interview! Sylvia Day was the first erotica author I followed and I love all of her books. I loved ” Bared To You” and it was a perfect read after finishing the Fifty Series. Thanks so much for recommending both on your blog. When I am in search of a new book I always look on your blog for recommendations!

Stephanie May 2, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Maryse-great interview with Sylvia Day. I’ve given your website to all of my book reading friends! Hey- Did you know that if you type .com at the end of your name instead of .net, that it pulls up a website with yoga inspired jewelry? I was so excited when I told my friends about you and your website, that I gave them the wrong address!! Hee! Hee! Whoops!
Anyway, they have all been told your correct address and are thoroughly enjoying you and your reviews, as much as I do.

patricia May 2, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Elle est aimee good interview

Michaela May 2, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Great interview! I always love hearing from the authors! It’s so interesting where their story ideas come from and how the characters take the story in an entirely different direction than they initially planned! Bared to You was a beautiful story and I’m ecstatic there is more to come – whether it takes 2 books, 3 or 50! :)

Thank you Maryse for posting this interview and for all the info you offer on your blog! I recently discovered this in my quest to find more readers with similar book interests and more recommendations! I’m an avid reader as well – I love the emotional roller coaster a book can take us on and the feelings it brings when you pick up the story for the first time! (Even better when it gives you the same feelings the second and third time a story is read!) I have to say, you’ve yet to steer me wrong!

Missy May 2, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Read both books loved them both.

arwen May 2, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Maryse, LOVED this interview. Thanks a LOT. I like the way she says how the characteres ‘talk’ to her… And of course I want an Amazon gift card!!! ;)

Ashley P May 2, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Can’t wait to read Bared to You! It’s definitely next on my list.

melissa johnson May 2, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Another great interview! Thanks for the chance to win an amazon gift card!

Lise May 2, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Just finished reading ‘The Fifth Favor’ thanks to Sylvia Day and she is so right about this book being heart wrenching, angsty and delicious. LOVED IT… a must read for all.
Maryse, I bet this book will make your top 25 for 2012!

Melanie Fling May 2, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Loved the interview. I can’t wait to read Bared to You. It’s at the top of my TBR pile.

Tori May 2, 2012 at 11:11 PM

I finally got my mind on other books, only to be pulled back to obsessing about what’s next for Gideon and Eva with this interview!!! Oh well, it’s not a bad place to be. I can’t wait to check out The Fifth Flavor. Seems yummy!

Leslie May 3, 2012 at 12:06 AM

Great interview! I will be running to my town bookstore and inquiring about some of these books :)

Lindsey May 3, 2012 at 6:10 AM

Cannot wait for the second installment of Bared to You. I hate the waiting! Thanks for posting the interview. You rock!

Doris L May 3, 2012 at 6:52 AM

Loved Loved Loved this book and the author!! Read many of her books!!

Courtney M May 3, 2012 at 7:12 AM

Read this book a few books ago. It was quite an emotional tug of war. These two will struggle with each other for some time. I look forward to reading more about them and hope that they can have their deserved happily ever after.

DebLI May 3, 2012 at 7:54 AM

Great interview. Loved Bared and can’t wait to read some of her others. Fifth Flavor too! Thanks Maryse!

Jennie Davis May 3, 2012 at 8:03 AM

Great questions Maryse!! I really enjoyed reading this book and cant wait to read more about Gideon and Eva!!

Pam May 3, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Just downloaded 4 more Sylvia Day books to read this weekend! Thanks for helping us get into her mind!

Brandy May 3, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Loved the interview, absolutely LOVED the book!

Trisha May 3, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Loved the book and the interview! You had some great questions and answers in there! I’m definitely going to check some of her other books out!

MBD May 3, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Loved the book. Thank you for a great interview also.

Kerri Seligman May 3, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Looking forward to reading both books….love finding new authors – this blog is great…keep up the great work.

Donna May 3, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Thank you for the interview! I just ordered Bared to You today. I can’t wait until it arrives. I also just got a 20% coupon from Barnes & Noble – will check out Fifth Favor!

JenM May 3, 2012 at 2:21 PM

I’ve really got to read this. I’ve read a few of Sylvia’s historicals and always enjoyed them. I’ll also check out Seven Years to Sin as that sounds like a good one too.

Trish Hodson May 3, 2012 at 3:38 PM

I loved the interview. I liked how she writes as the characters talk to her. It gives you an idea of behind the scenes look so to speak. I like that she took control of the book as to not have anyone hinder her on her characters and what they’ve been through. Bared to You is definately one of my favorite books and I can’t wait for the next installment. :)

Stacy May 3, 2012 at 4:40 PM

I loved Bared to You!!!! I cannot wait for the next one! Great interview too!

Ella May 3, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Awesome interview. I can’t wait for the next book, and I will definitely check out her other books.

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