Today we sit down with prolific author and founder of the Detroit Writers Network, Sylvia Hubbard. She is going to tell us a bit about her inspiration, herself and her work.
Please enjoy this edition of 20 Questions:
Q1) When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
It was my mother that made me first realize my writing abilities, but I realized I wanted to be a writer when I finally met my writing hero, Beverly Jenkins. Seeing her around her books and knowing she could do this assured me that I could write and publish my books too.
Q2) How long does it typically take you to write a book?
About three months minimum to six months maximum.
Q3) What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
I work a regular schedule, a single mom of three and I run a literary organization, so I write whenever I can get a free second. (literally a second).
Q4) What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I like to write by hand a lot. I’ve written full books all by hand and I love it.
Q5) How are your books published?
I’m an independent publisher. I’ve done some anthologies (about three of them)
Q6) Where do you get your ideas for your books?
All around me. Detroit, where the majority of my stories take place at, is an interesting place and stories just come to me.
Q7) If you don’t mind sharing, when did you write your first book and how old were you?
My first completed book was in 1990, but at the time I never really felt it was completed. Right after high school, a friend who loved hearing my stories told me I should write a story down for her. I did. It was later called Stone’s Revenge.
Q8) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Watching movies. I’m a movie nut. I even watch movies while I’m writing. Gives me so much joy.
Q9) What is your favorite book?
Secret Fire by Johanna Lindsay. I read this when I was a teenager and had re-read it repeatedly.
Q10) What do your family and friends think of your writing?
My mother is my biggest supporter. Like I said she’s believed in me before I knew I was a writer. My children support my writing. They know how much it makes me happy and when Momma’s happy….
Q11) What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
That I could do it. Not some big time publisher, not some business that wanted to take all my money, but ME! I’m blessed to have the knowledge to be able to do this endeavor on my own.
Q12) What do you hate most about the writing process?
I wish I could write faster. I know three months is such a short time for some writers, but I have so many stories in my head, I wish I could get them out faster.
Q13) How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
To date, I’ve written 37 books with four to come this year. My favorite will always be Stone’s Revenge, but my current published one is Tanner’s Devil.
Q14) Do you have any suggestions to help us become better writers? If so, what are they?
Finish the book. No matter what. Even if it’s horrible. (Let your editor help you fix that.) Just finish the book.
Q15) Do you get feedback from your readers much? How and what kinds of things do they say?
I have amazing Readers! They challenge me to write better each time and I love that about them. Readers of Sylvia Hubbard are smart, love good suspense and are reader addicts. I really love them.
They’ve donned me the Cliffhanger Queen and I love when they tell me they just couldn’t put the book down. That makes me happy even though I do feel bac when they say they burned dinner because of me. I’d love to sell enough books to be able to send them gift cards to Red Lobster when they do that. I’d be sending out a lot. LOL
Q16) What is your preferred reading audience?
People that love reading sensual suspense.
Q17) What do you think makes a good story?
1) When you deliver the promise you made to the reader at the end. 2) When you take the protagonist on a journey that leads them away from their everyday norm. 3) when you really put in the research to make sure your facts and stats in the fiction story are as believable as possible.
Q18) As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Be a storyteller.
Q19) Where can we find your books?
Wherever books are sold. Start off at my website at:
or check out my amazon page at:
Q20) Will you give us an excerpt from one of your own favorite works?
“Take off your clothes.”
Would that mean this cornbread fed giant take off his? And if he did would he look just as magnificent without his clothes as he did with clothes?
Using this opportunity to move away from him and catch her own breath, she walked over to the bed to place the cell phone and condoms there. He hadn’t followed her and Tanner looked down at the candle to gather her own thoughts together. He’s just some weird perv john probably from the boondocks Michigan trying to get a taste of city life before he goes back to Pinkie, Michigan.
That had been a running joke when she had been out in the life doing this all the time. Pinkie, Michigan was actually nowhere, but it was a terminology used occasionally to say that since Michigan was shaped by a glove this was where this john was from – where no one black in their right mind would be, so they came down here to Detroit to taste life by requesting a black girl to their room.
Concentrating on the candlelight, she pushed off the peach summer dress along with her underwear over her boots and kicked them off.
She started to unzip her boots, but he barked, “Leave’em.”
His hands came behind her and firmly gripped her waist. “Lay on the bed on your stomach,” he ordered.
She did as she was told and forced her rapidly beating heart to relax.
About Sylvia Hubbard:
Detroit Author & Founder of Motown Writers Network, Sylvia Hubbard has published over 37 books on suspense romance and one book on Internet Marketing for Writers.
As a happily divorced mother of three, Ms. Hubbard has received numerous awards and recognitions for her work such as the Spirit of Detroit from Detroit City Council and State of Michigan Governor’s Certificate of Tribute Emerging Minority Business Leader Award. She’s spoken all over the United States and Canada about independent publishing, social media, 21st Guide to Marketing Online & Offline for writers and authors, How Readers can make money promoting their favorite authors and even how to be a single mom.
Recognized as an avid blogger by HoneyTech Blogs, Ms. Hubbard runs over five blogs including How To Love A Black and has had five #1 Best Sellers on Amazon. Her current work is Tanner’s Devil and she has six books coming up in 2016, including four live stories on her website. http://sylviahubbard.com
Connect with Sylvia:
Get Your Copy of Tanner’s Devil at the following bookstore:
SMASHWORDS (ebook)| AMAZON (Paperback & Kindle) | B&N/Nook| Kobo Reader| iTunes Apple Bookstore
Also Available in Paperback wherever books are sold