"New Worlds Are Our Oyster."
Skylar Sinclair is an award-winning and bestselling author who leans toward paranormal and fantasy tales spun with heat. Skylar is your typical Californian that loves sunshine, and an avid romance reader. She was raised riding and showing Quarter horses, which was the best life lesson she could have ever had. Skylar credits her will to succeed to her parents that have always encouraged her in whatever she delves into.
An Interview with Skylar Sinclair
PNR: Can you tell us a little about how you started writing; was it something you have always wanted to do?
Skylar S.: To be quite honest, I am also a reviewer and I felt I might understand the workings of an author if I tried my hand at writing, which by the way, was much harder than I ever thought it would be. My writing took on a life of its own and I have been hooked ever since.
PNR: Could you tell us about your writing routine, how do you balance writing and personal time? What do you enjoy doing when you are not writing?
Skylar S.: I write whenever the mood strikes me or the story just will not cease clamoring to be written. I write because I love it and for no other reason. I have slowed down on my writing to read at this time. Reading has and always will be my first love. But, I have a story that I started that I will start working on again this month.
PNR: Who or what has been your biggest influence as a writer? Who or what has been your biggest support?
Skylar S.: Hands down, the readers are my biggest supporters. Through their eyes, I see the possibilities. And they are the reason I write.
PNR: You have received numerous honors and a great deal of reader admiration for your writing. How does it feel to have such positive recognition for your work?
Skylar S.: I feel honored and humbled to say the least. Never in my wildest dreams did I think my writing would have taken me as far as it has, or received the acclaim in the short time I have been spinning tales.
PNR: What do you consider to be the key elements of a great story?
Skylar S.: One of the main things that grab a reader is compelling characters. Characters the readers can relate to. Also a storyline that is fresh and creative.
PNR: Readers and reviewers are excited about IMPASSIONED SEA, released May 2007 from Liquid Silver Books, the second title in your new mer-shifter series that began with Key to Sin. Could you tell us a little about this fascinating world; what inspired the story and what is your vision for the series?
Skylar S.: This entire series took on a life of its own. From the first book, Key to Sin which released with Venus Press in 2006—and is also now a free read if you join my newsletter group—Impassioned Sea came to me right after writing, Key to Sin. This was the easiest series I have ever written. I have always loved the sea. The way it is constantly changing and evolving, much like the tales that are spun about it. There are a multitude of creatures an author can pen about. It has a vast ocean of writing material, one could say.
Impassioned Sea is about Seadale, Sindale’s brother. He, in a fit of rage, throws out the one object that would help him find and bind him to his true mate, the Amulet of Ametheysea. On land, a woman does find the stunning pendant washing up to shore, but for the life of her when she shows the pendant to people populating the beach, they act like it is a piece of trash. She just cannot fathom what the heck is going on.
Lucky for Seadale, the pendant will bring them together and, when it does, the sexual sparks will fly!
PNR: Congratulations on the April 2007 release of EXTRAORDINARY LOVE from Mardi Gras Publishing. It is the first title in your new series, The Guardians; could you tell us about this fascinating world of the sea guardians?
Skylar S.: Once again, I wrote about the wondrous creatures of the sea. I have seven different kinds of sea-shifters in this book, a few you would not think of someone writing about, but I just had too. The story starts off with the demise of a woman, which will tie in later in the story. This tale encompasses betrayal, danger, love and loss. And, I hope the readers enjoy reading about these fascinating characters that inhabit the underwater world I built.
Sadly, Both Extraordinary Love and Sacred love are no longer with Mardi Gras Publishing and will be coming out next year with a new publisher. I am very excited and will have more information in the coming months posted on my website.
PNR: The second book in The Guardians series, SACRED LOVE will be releasing September 1, 2007 from Mardi Gras Publishing. Could you give us a peek at Trey and Farah’s story? What are your plans for The Guardians series?
Skylar S.: Sacred Love is the last book in the series. It is a story of the power that a single human woman has. It’s a story of love conquering odds that are thrown in their path. It is the type of love we all strive for. Farah is an average woman with the frailties that every woman faces today. But one fact that she and all women have will make her special in this story. Trey is a man that made me purr while I wrote him, he is just too luscious for words. He is strong, knows what he wants and goes after it with a vengeance.
PNR: Can you tell us about the challenges you face in world building and making it work with the ideas you have in mind for the progression of your characters and the series? Do you write your characters to fit the world you have created or vice versa?
Skylar S.: To be frank, I write by the seat of my pants. I begin with an idea and just start writing. I really need to become more structured when I plot out a story/series, but I am not. As for the realms/worlds I create, they just come to me. I wish every aspect in penning a book came that easy J
PNR: Do you feel your writing is character driven or plot driven? How do you balance these two elements?
Skylar S.: My books are character driven. The characters create the emotional wealth that develops the plot. And I just write, I really don’t think much about the balancing of anything. I am not sure if that’s good or bad?
PNR: You are known for writing strong heroines and ultra-alpha, ultra sexy heroes that heat up the pages, and are extremely popular with readers; what do you feel is their appeal for readers?
Skylar S.: I think everyone aspires to be better, stronger. We live in a real world though, and I, a reader too, like to read about over-the-top men and woman. Strength in a person is desirable. I love a man that knows what he wants and goes after it. And, I think women want that too.
PNR: Could you tell us a little about how you develop your characters? Who has been your favorite character to write? The most challenging?
Skylar S.: My favorite is from my latest book, A sexual Spark, the male character, Serge. He will be one of the sexiest men that I have ever written about. His character grabbed me by the throat and wouldn’t let go until the story was written. I love his alpha-to-the-core persona, but with a touch of lovingness to him. The hardest character to write has to have been Philet, in Faeful: Sexual Magic. He needed to be so sexually free and yet have him change so quickly for Lee. He had to change almost within a blink of an eye. He was the most complicated of all my characters so far. Faeful: Sexual Magic also was nominated Best First eBook of 2006 by Ecataromance, which surprised the heck out of me. That story, being my first, will always hold a special place in my heart.
PNR: The heat level in your writing generally falls into the “nuclear meltdown” category, while still maintaining an emotional connectedness; do you find it difficult to find this balance? How do you approach writing the love/sex scenes?
Skylar S.: Well, thank you ;). This might not sound so nice, but writing sex in a story is like breathing for me. My parents were always so open when it came to sex. If I wanted to know about something, we talked about it. I think sex is natural and wonderful. Writing it is just another extension of my feelings toward the pleasures that a couple or couples share. I find sex so natural to write, and look forward to writing it with each book I pen.
PNR: Mythology of the mer and selkie has long captured the imagination of readers. Why do you feel mythology in general, and mer and selkie specifically, is such a popular theme with readers? As a writer, what is it about this genre that captures your imagination?
Skylar S.: As I stated earlier, the sea is such a wondrous creation and so are the myths and legends that have sprung forth from it in the hundreds upon hundreds of years. There is still so much unknown about the sea that it is fun spinning adventures dealing with its underwater depths.
PNR: You have written in many genres including fantasy, paranormal, erotic, contemporary, dark fantasy and m/m. Is there a genre you haven’t written but would like to try?
Skylar S.: I have yet to tackle futuristic, but I am starting one right now called Flesh Peddler. Yep, you read that title right J It is set in the year 2620. And a jaded captain Remic will find a human woman he has taken from Earth, to be one of his most exotic of captives yet. Not only is she different and fascinating, she has a will of steel and a tongue as sharp as a razor. The two will explode off the pages. I will have a blurb and excerpt on my site in the next couple of months.
PNR: Please tell us about the projects you are currently working on; what can readers expect to see in the coming months? Do you have any new series in the works? Single titles?
Skylar S.: Flesh Peddler, which I spoke of above, I am working on currently. I just contracted my latest paranormal erotic tale called A Sexual Spark. I will announce the publisher later this month on my website. This was my first penning of a first person voice and I loved how the character, Loren, developed and took on a life of her own. The legend in this story will become a series called The Brotherhood of Spark slated to release next year, if everything works out as planned.
PNR: Thank you, Skylar, for taking time out to speak with us. Where can readers find out what's new and how can they contact you?
Skylar S.: Thank you for having me here at PNR, and the wonderful and thought provoking questions. The readers can always go to my website – www.skylarsinclair.com or email me at – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Liquid Silver Books
May 1, 2007
Kelsey Baker has always believed that dreams are the magic of life and those dreams are about to come true for her.
While walking in the surf on a crowded beach, she finds a breathtaking pendant inlaid with gemstones of every color in the rainbow, washing in with the tide. But, for some unexplainable reason, when she asks the people sunbathing on the beach, they do not see the beauty of the pendant, only a piece of junk worthy of a trashcan. What is going on here?
In the magical underwater kingdom of Ametheysea, the mighty mer-shifter, King Seadale, in a fit of anger, casts out the one object that will lead and bind him to his mate, the Amulet To Ametheysea. Little does he know that someone has found it and this god’s life is about to change and shift like the deep blue ocean he rules.
Have you ever wondered how the creatures of the sea mate? Now you will find out in explicitly revealing details that will leave you craving the lapping licks of the sea for yourselves...
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Tales From the Sea Jennah Sharpe Skylar Sinclair Dawn Thompson Dark Enchantments Nina Bruhns Cynthia Cooke Michele Hauf Pat White SHOMI Liz Maverick Marianne Mancusi Eve Kenin
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