Meet Sylvie Fox

Thank you for inviting me to blog today.  Let me introduce myself, I’m Sylvie Fox.  Yep, that’s my pen name and I’m sticking with it.

Why do you use a pen name?

I came up with various pen names long before I ever wrote a book.  I started reading romance novels about the time some publishers required pen names.  I used to study the cover art and the author’s name.  Then I’d look at the copyright page and try to imagine why they came up with such a name.

I spell out my real last name about nine thousand times a day on the telephone.  I decided to give my readers a break, and spare them that agony.  Every time my husband walks by my office, he laughs and tells me it’s not too late to change my name.

My thirteen-year-old pen name was Taylor Donovan.  I loved that name.  To this day, I still keep it in my back pocket, just in case.  Sylvie Fox is actually just a play on my middle name and my husband’s last name.  We came up with it on a train ride from Shaker Square to downtown Cleveland.  And no, when we thought of it, I still hadn’t written a book.

Married or Single?

I’m married.  Last year, dear husband and I celebrated our fifteenth wedding anniversary.

If I didn’t live in Los Angeles, where would I live?

When I was sixteen, my family took a three week road trip down the California coast.  It was my first trip to the west coast and I was hooked.  I promised my teenage self if I ever got the opportunity, I’d live in California.  I got here eleven years ago and I’m not leaving.  If I had to move within the US, I’d live in my hometown – New York City.  Outside the US, I’d live in our family’s apartment in Budapest, Hungary.

Why do you write romance novels?

I write romance, because I love romance.  My senior thesis in college was on romance (that took a lot of convincing).  I want to give readers that very satisfying feeling I get following the hero and heroine to their happily ever after.  My first romance novel was the Taming of Tamsin.  I found it on my grandmother’s shelf when I was about nine or ten, and I never stopped reading them.

What else do you write?

I also write women’s fiction.  I love to throw an unsuspecting heroine into an awful situation and see what she does with it.

The best part about my writing life is:

The best part about writing is doing it in my pajamas.

The worst part about my writing life is:

Realizing that it’s two o’clock in the afternoon and I haven’t gotten out of my pajamas.

Sylvie Fox is the author of romance and women’s fiction.