They’re the books you see middle-aged women reading on the beach. Or the books you buy in the airport. Or the books you have in your home but you swear to all guests you’ve never actually read. They are the cheesy romance novels that are so painfully over the top, you can’t put them down. New York Times bestselling author Sylvia Day is one of the masters of the genre, and she’s coming to the Angelika Film Center in Dallas tonight.
Day is arriving just as her career is crossing mediums. The Crossfire series — four of which sold more than 17 million copies — has been auctioned for a television series by Lionsgate, the entertainment company that brought us the Twilight Saga movies, The Hunger Games, Mad Men and Orange Is the New Black.
Her ideal show? One with the drama and over-the-top, cheesy romances of Scandal partnered with the one-liners and glamor of Sex and the City. “Scandal is great because it’s intriguing and sexy and it has a lot of play with secondary characters in situations, lots of drama,” she tells the Observer. “I would love to see it adapted into something like that.”
Her fifth and final novel in the Crossfire series was released this week and she's in town to promote the book, sign copies and answer questions from the audience at "Fresh Fiction presents An Evening With Sylvia Day."
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Day says that it takes about a year to write each novel. The plots are not throughly planned. “Typically, I end up finding something that I detoured on earlier in the story and I have to go back and find out where that point was and then rewrite from then on,” she says.
Some of these writing jams caused her to doubt herself, but she realized it was part of the process and she could work through it. “There were points in my career where I thought, ‘Maybe I’m done. Maybe I’ve written everything there is to write,’" she says. "Now I’ve learned that it’s just working itself out. You have to let it do it.”
Day has authored more than 20 novels, but this show is a new foray for her as she becomes an executive producer. “It’s fun to try and picture what exactly is in your head and translate it onto the screen," she says. "How you can take something that lives in my mind and bring it to life, but that part is fun."
For more information about Day’s book tour, visit her website.