Interviewer: Have all your books been erotic romance stories? Why do you think you're drawn to that genre?
Sylvia: Yes, I write exclusively erotic romance. In my stories, the pivotal turning points of the romance happen during the unguarded intimacy of lovemaking. Afterwards, the increased sexual tension between the characters as they struggle to stay emotionally distant while physically craving each other is powerful, and oftentimes heart wrenching.
That's where the joy of writing comes into play for me. Those moments in a love story are what make this job my dream career.
...the pivotal turning points of the romance happen during the unguarded intimacy of lovemaking.
Basically, the sex can't be removed without damaging the story. Yes, the sex is hot and graphic, but the reasons my characters are having sex with each other are emotional. It may not be love (at first). It may be fear of intimacy, or anger at unfamiliar vulnerability. The range of emotions is wide, and each unique character has their own motivations, but in my stories falling in love happens while falling into bed.
I love it. I love writing the angst, the emotion, the passion, the romance. One of my editors, Kate Duffy, said, "Erotic romance is sexual love and desire combined with deep emotional commitment. It is not erotica. It is, first and foremost, romance, exemplified by its sexual expression."
I love expressing romance through physical intimacy, and I'm grateful everyday that the market is embracing the genre so warmly.