Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Author to Author Blog Hop - Sydney Logan

I'm participating in an Author to Author Blog Hop. From December 5th through December 20th, participating authors will be guest posting on each other's blogs. We've all banned together and donated at least one book, and at the end of the blog hop one lucky person will win a collection of 13 books. What a great Christmas present, right?

Today's post is from Contemporary Romance author Sydney Logan.

Sydney Logan holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and makes her home in the hills of East Tennessee. With the 2012 release of her first novel, Lessons Learned, she made the transition from bookworm to author. She has a very unhealthy obsession with music, and her iPod is filled with everything from Johnny Cash to Eminem. When she isn't reading or writing, she enjoys playing piano and relaxing on her front porch with her wonderful husband and their very spoiled cat. She recently released a Christmas short story titled “Mistletoe Magic” and is currently completing her second novel, which will be released in 2013.
I love connecting with readers! Find me online:
Twitter Name: @SydneyALogan
Blog or Website: http://www.sydneylogan.com
To purchase Lessons Learned:
1. Who's your favorite author, and why?
This is impossible to answer, but I can list some favorites. I love Judy Blume, Shel Silverstein, S.E. Hinton, Nicholas Sparks, Stephenie Meyer, John Grisham, and Madeline L’Engle. Of this list, my favorite is probably Nicholas Sparks. The man never fails to touch my heart and bring me to tears. 
2. If you could have a conversation with one of the characters in your most-recently released novel, which one would it be and why?
Matt. I’d love to see how he’s doing now. Is he still living in Tennessee? Teaching? In love? Most importantly, is he happy? Those are the questions I’d ask. 
3. Where do you get the ideas and inspiration for your characters personalities?
Their personalities come from the people I encounter in my real life. With Lessons Learned, Sarah is very much me. Lucas is loosely based on my husband (the man really is a saint). The others characters are just blends of other people I know or have met in my life. 
4. What is the best thing (in your opinion) about being a writer?
Editing. (Ha! Made you laugh, didn’t I?) Honestly, the best thing about being a writer is hearing that your words touched someone’s heart. That’s my goal, always.  
5. How did you find your agent/publisher?
My story isn’t a traditional one. I was actually contacted by my publisher. One of their copy editors was a reader of my online stories, and she passed my name along to her submissions department. They contacted me to ask if I’d ever considered writing original fiction. The rest is history!
6. What's the best piece of writing advice you've been given?
Sandi Layne gave me a piece of advice about dealing with reviews. “You wrote for a certain ideal reader. That ideal reader is going to love your words. If someone doesn’t like your work? They aren’t your ideal reader. Do you really need to invest yourself in what they say?” Profound words. I printed it out, and it hangs on the wall behind my computer.
7. Biggest mistake you've made as an author?
I don’t know that it’s a “mistake,” but an obstacle of mine is being brave enough to actually promote my book in my hometown. I’m not quite there yet. Maybe with Book #2 . . .
Holiday-themed questions:
1. What would the lead character of your latest novel want for Christmas?
Sarah would want to cook a big dinner for her friends and family and just spend quality time with them. 
2. Favorite Christmas music?
I love Christmas instrumentals (Celtic, Appalachian), and I love the classics (O Holy Night & What Child is This?) I also love Trans-Siberian Orchestra!  
3. What was the best gift you ever received?
I had a December wedding. We will be married ten years on December 7. Best present ever. :)
The Author to Author Blog Hop is hosting a giveaway for a prize package of eBooks from our contributing authors. Enter below, and the winner will be notified by e-mail. You have a chance to enter every day on any of the participating author's blogs - so keep checking back. (Note: eBooks labeled 18+ will not be awarded to a winner under the age of 18.)

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