I was fortunate to be able to send some questions in to ‘Bared To You‘ author Sylvia Day after being sent her novel to review, so of course I did what any sane woman would do – I asked her who would win in a fistfight – Bared to You hottie Gideon Cross or Fifty Shades of Grey hottie Christian Grey. Her answer might surprise you.
Read on to see what Sylvia had to say about that as well as why she thinks erotica is so mainstream now;
KD – Who would win in a fight – Christian Grey or Gideon Cross?
SD – I think that would depend on the stakes.
(Note - The only thing I dislike about email interviews is there’s no opportunity to follow up! Because dammit I could have an hours long conversation on this subject! Because in the end – all male fights come down to ego, no? And for the record, my money would be on Gideon Cross.)
KD – If they made Bared To You into a movie, who would you want to play Gideon Cross and Eva Tramell? Did you have a specific person in mind when you created these characters? And do you ever have fans send you pictures of who they visualize as their idea of Gideon or Eva only to have it be someone completely different from who you have imagined?
SD – I didn’t have specific individuals in mind when I wrote Bared and no one in real life looks exactly like they do in my mind. I have seen quite a few pictures that readers have posted and I started collecting them for everyone to enjoy. Of them, I think Henry Cavill would be a great Gideon and he’s the right age. Eva’s harder for me to cast. Candice Accola might work. She’s the
right age, too.
KD – Bared To You has made my ‘must read‘ list for the summer – what’s on your must-read list?
SD – Thank you! I’m very happy Bared to You made your list! On my list is Archangel’s Storm by Nalini Singh - I have mad love for the Guild Hunter series!
KD – In Bared To You we get insight into Eva’s personal demons but we’re left to draw our own conclusions about Gideon’s. Will the sequel Reflected In You reveal more of Gideon’s tortured past?
SD – Absolutely. Eva has been where Gideon is; she understands how it feels to be unready to discuss something painful and so she hasn’t pushed him. But she also knows that their relationship is founded on their equality. They’ll falter if she’s fully committed and he’s holding back. Eventually, Gideon will be faced with a choice–either let down his guard or lose Eva.
SD – I question how well it works as a sales tool, but it’s definitely a fabulous way to interact socially with readers. Writing a book is a personal experience and I hope it’s a personal experience for the reader. That sometimes leads to the reader wanting to reach out to me and social media makes it easy for them to do that and easy for me to respond. That’s important to me. I want readers to know that I value their time and their dollars spent.
KD – Why is erotica so mainstream now? We know women have been reading it forever, but now it’s not something that we tuck away and read only at night! Now women can be spotted reading it on the subway or bus, while waiting for their kids at dance class, and talking about it to anyone who will answer on social media (maybe that’s just me:)). And it seems the hotter the better for most of us (OK again maybe just me!) Why do you think we’re so much more open about our love of erotica now than we have been in the past?
SD – Perhaps it’s the realization of just how many other erotic readers there are. No need to hide when everyone’s enjoying it! Plus the more subdued packaging helps considerably.
I sincerely want to thank Sylvia Day for taking the time to answer my questions. I know that she has been incredibly busy as of late now that Bared To You is a blockbuster hit and with it’s sequel, Reflected in You due in bookstores in October.
I’m so very happy that I have a copy of Bared To You to give to one lucky reader. To enter leave me a comment below telling me what book is on your must read list this summer!
The contest is open until midnight, July 20th. One entry per person per day. Canadian residents only. Good luck!