I’ve always been a writer according to my mother. She said I lied to her a bunch when I was 6/7. After a great butt whoopin’, she ordered me to write my lie down and repeat it back to her.
My pain became my pleasure and I found writing was a joy, an addiction… my passion.
I thank my mother. Not for the butt whoopin’, but for channeling my “power” to something that would afford me so much happiness.
I love romance? When I was about twelve, I was passed a salacious book at the library and just wanted that book. Of course, I knew the librarian would never let me check it out, so I stole it. (Later on two decades later I did return it to the library. I just walked in, dropped it on the counter and walked back out. My conscious is clear.)
I read that book in a day and then reread the book over and over again. Soon my neighbor, who ordered books from Harlequin, saw my tattered book and offered me her library. I never told my father, and her house was so wonderful. Her name was Sylvia too. I read her entire collection and still wanted more. I delved in Jane Austen, Kathleen Woodiwiss and Johanna Lindsey. As I got older, suspense intrigued me a lot, along with Stephen King, Ian Fleming and Edgar Rice Burroughs. (The book The Mucker was once of the best reads ever and really got me to understand, I could write a love story, with grit, raw masculinity and lust, but still come out a great romance, weaved with suspense, intrigue and even mystery, all in an urban backdrop.)
1) As a voracious reader, I studied the likes of Terry McMillian, Beverly Jenkins, Brenda Jackson and even Jackie Collins.
2) I live in Detroit. There’s a creative essence her. A unique muse that floats in the air, gives Detroiters the power of determination, survival, but pushes us to produce something never before seen. The world calls it Motown. It’s an essence you can’t find anywhere else. I’m a part of that.
Detroit is in me. I am Detroit. I write what you haven’t read before with a kiss, a twist and a moment where you won’t believe what’s happening.
3) I say I’m bad on paper to be good in life. I’m a happily divorced mother of three, I work a full time job and I’m trying to make a dollar out of fifteen cents. You can’t get more boring than that, so I use my imagination to find the wonder, the beautiful, and the love that’s in a world unlike my own. I take my deepest darkest fantasies and put them on paper. I take those moments in life when I really wanted to make a bad decision and just be free with myself. And then I throw those dark scary corners of the city I live in, the horribleness in the world that occupies my backyard, and the terrible people that live right around the corner, and make a novel readers will never want to put down.
4) I loved to fall in love over and over again, but I loved the drama, crime and suspense. And just like Toni Morrison says:
“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
I have the power. My mother showed me a long time ago, so that’s what I do. I write.
Thank you, Momma. Thank you for showing me my superpower.
Detroit Author & Founder of Motown Writers Network, Sylvia Hubbard has published over 40 books on suspense romance. As a happily divorced mother of three, Ms Hubbard has received numerous awards and recognitions for her work. An avid blogger, Ms Hubbard has had five #1 Best Sellers on Amazon. Her current work is called Beautiful and she has two more books coming out before the end of 2017.
Linda K. Sienkiewicz is the author of the award-winning novel In the Context of Love, a story about one woman’s need to tell the truth without shame.
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Sarton Women’s Fiction Finalist
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