A born and raised Maritimer, Sydney Somers fell in love with writing when she finished her first story, Jenny and the Glowing Green Mittens. After attempting her first book in high school, she set writing aside to focus on school. While getting her degrees in psychology and education, Sydney tried her hand at journalism between part time jobs before finally returning to her love of writing.
Twenty-five novels and novellas later, Sydney is thrilled to spend her days slaying demons, running with shape-shifter packs and making the people in her head fall wildly in love. When she’s not writing or curled up with a good book, Sydney can be found chasing after her herd of kids, talking her way into a gourmet meal, exterminating rogue dust bunnies or joking about the pending zombie apocalypse.
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What are you working on now?
I’m working on the next Pendragon Gargoyles book, Primal Bounty. Watch for a Winter 2016 release.
Do I need to read your series books in order?
No. The stories stand well on their own, but are probably best enjoyed read in order.
Will there be more books in your Shadow Destroyers, Gargoyles and Spellbound series?
There is one more SD book to go (Darcy and Linc’s book) but it won’t be until late 2016 at the earliest. Watch for re-releases of the first three books in that series this year. Definitely more Gargoyles in the works. Next up is Primal Bounty (Elena and Vaughn’s story) and the next Spellbound installment will release in October 2016.
What’s your typical writing day like?
Well, there’s never anything typical about it actually. LOL I’ve got five kids who keep me pretty busy. I have a word goal I try to reach every day. Sometimes I hit it, sometimes I don’t. Most days I get in at least 1000 words, more if I can swing it.
How long does it take you to write a book?
It varies. A novella can take me anywhere from two to four weeks to get a solid first draft finished. My full lengths take me anywhere from two to three months. Usually there’s also revisions or final line edits for completed books that need to be done while I’m working on something new.
What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
Read. Read. Read. Write. Write. Write.
Are your books available in print?
Most of them are. Print books release about ten months after the eBook release. Right now a couple novellas are only available in eBook, but the rest are available in print at book stores or from your favorite online retailer.
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A few of my favorite things:
Authors: Kresley Cole, Tara Janzen, Ilona Andrews, Nalini Singh, Karen Marie Moning, Susan Elizabeth Philips, Jill Shalvis, Jennifer Crusie, Karen Robards, Patricia Briggs and all the Nine Naughty Novelists.
Movies: The Mummy, Bridget Jones’ Diary, Armageddon, Indiana Jones, Love Actually, Pirates of the Caribbean, Grease, Beauty and the Beast, The Dark Knight, The Princess Bride, The Avengers, Star Wars, Transformers, Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
Books: Dark Fever – Karen Marie Moning, Angel’s Blood, Nalini Singh, Crazy Cool – Tara Janzen, Dark Desires After Dusk – Kresley Cole, Breathing Room – Susan Elizabeth Philips, Night Magic – Karen Robards, Deadly Games – Jaycee Clark, Magic Bites – Ilona Andrews, Mr. Perfect – Linda Howard, Finding Cinderella – Colleen Hoover.
TV Shows: Grey’s Anatomy, Supernatural, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Arrow, The Vampire Diaries, House of Cards, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Smallville.
This came in an e-mail and it made me smile:
A girl asked a guy if he thought she was pretty…
He said no.
She asked him if he would want to be with her forever….
And he said no.
She then asked him if she were to leave would he cry,
And once again he replied with a no.
She had heard enough. As she walked away, tears streaming down her face. The boy grabbed her arm and said….
You’re not pretty, you’re beautiful.
I don’t want to be with you forever. I NEED to be with you forever!
And I wouldn’t cry if you walked away… I’d die.