Interview with Sylvia Hubbard

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Detroit and although it was rife with crime and violence, my mother gave me words of advice. “You can live in this world, but the world doesn’t have to live in you.” With that, she gave me power to choose what affected me and how I was influenced.

Detroit became my world of uniqueness and any Detroiter will tell you, you really have to love this city and all its faults in order to live here. I do and its soul has influence me as a human being, a woman, a mother and especially, as a writer.
What do your fans mean to you?
EVERYTHING! I wish I could write fast enough to please them, but that would mean not sleeping or eating. Well, I wouldn’t mind, but I don’t think I’d live very long.

Hearing someone say, I loved your work, makes me giddy and nervous inside.

Originally, I wrote for me. I know that sounds selfish, but when I received so many rejection notices, I surmised maybe only I liked what I wrote. So I didn’t stop writing and I didn’t stop publishing, but I really thought no one else would like what I was writing. When I posted my book up for sale and got the first Paypal notification I had sold a book at three in the morning that was the best sleep I’d ever gotten. I think I smiled for two days and I didn’t even know who had purchased the work.

Now readers are saying the same thing I’ve said to myself and It’s truly amazing to me each and every time. When they share my work, do a review and even comment on a blog post, I’m honored each and every time because I’m still in a state of “I can’t believe they liked what I wrote” all the time.

By becoming my superfan, I conquered the fear of failure and didn’t give up. I love my fans for their support of all my literary endeavors and I pray I can continue to entertain them for years … or even centuries to come. (I bet Shakespeare thought the same way.)
What motivated you to become an indie author?
1) Rejections

2) I’m a control freak

3) A misunderstand

Like I said, I received a lot of rejections and my dream of becoming published was dwindling my passion for wanting to be an author.

I’m also a control freak. As a single mother, I drive my kids crazy trying to maintain the household. I like things the way I put them and my writing was just as important as my family. I didn’t want to change my characters or storyline. I feel I only understand the meaning to my madness and a big publisher wouldn’t.

The mistake: An author-to-be came to me and heard of this new opportunity to publish for free. She asked me to check it out. I couldn’t understand a lot of the lingo, but I had just completed the book, Dreams of Reality and decided to upload to the site. Two weeks later, I received a paperback book in the mail and a letter with my name on it congratulating me on becoming an author. I almost passed out, but I didn’t and started my journey in the Independent Publishing business.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I’ll be rude and answer a question with a question. How hasn’t Smashwords contributed to my success? Mark Coker really has put together a great website that has given so many authors a chance for success. Not only that, offline, Smashwords has help garner customers I thought I would never reach, especially iBookstore users.

Ever since I signed up in 2009, I’ve been in love with eBooks all over again and I have Smashwords to thank for that.
What are you working on next?
The Hearts. Most of my books contain this volatile family and the next step is to get to what started it all.

My upcoming works will be about the past and how it’s affecting the future of the family.

I praying I can do justice to the Hearts!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Thinking of ideas to write, watching movies, collecting research for what I could possible intertwine in my stories, reading books of fiction and non-fiction and being a full time happily divorced mother of three!
Published 2013-08-21.
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Books by This Author

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The End To Darkness... In Book Four, the last of the saga, With nowhere else to go, Maxine realizes she has to return to the “chamber” one… last… time… But her last time may be the end… for her.
Dark Facade (Book Three)
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Dark Facade (Book Two)
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Series: Dark Facade, Book 2. Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 21,370. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Interracial
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Dark Facade (Book One)
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Series: Dark Facade, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 24,480. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Maxine, an AA graphic designer who has no life, realizes that her best friend and coworker disappeared the day after telling Maxine she was going out on a hot date with a man she met on the Internet. Now it's up to Maxine to find out what happened to Lisa and who was this mysterious man, who emailed his picture to her friend that Maxine just can't stop thinking about.
The Mysterious Mr. Black (Black Family Series)
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Series: Black Family. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 99,500. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Action/Adventure
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 103,040. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Interracial
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Love 101: Mistaken Identity Part Deux
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La Revanche des Trois (Revenge of Three) - Black Family Series
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Series: Black Family. Price: Free! Words: 55,890. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2011. Category: Fiction » African American fiction » Romance
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Drawing The Line
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 118,500. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2011. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Interracial
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Sin's Iniquity
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 133,020. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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Red Heart: Heart of Detroit Series
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Series: Heart of Detroit, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 29,960. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Falling In Love With A Killer Is Never A Good Idea Jode comes home to say goodbye to her best friend, but believes her first love, Red Heart could be the killer. This book is part of The Heart Of Detroit Series
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Series: Heart of Detroit, Book 4. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 23,600. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
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Love 101
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Price: Free! Words: 39,370. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
A teacher mistaken as a student decides to push the envelope and explore her lustful instincts with a stranger.
Sweet Justice
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,360. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2011. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Her diary is lost and the finder knows who she is and gives her the option to fulfill one fantasy with no strings attached. As horny as she is, she's willing to take him up on his offer and give her sexually sweet justice.
Stone's Revenge
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 107,010. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2011. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
As the son of a serial killer, getting revenge will be sweet!
Mistaken Identity
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 31,400. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2010. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
One Woman's Deceit Leads to Ultimate Delight | For years Dana has loved Jerome from afar and for years Dana has watched her twin sister take everything she has wanted - Even Jerome. So when Dana is given the opportunity to take her sister's place on the wedding night, Dana jumps on it - or more like jumps on Jerome. Yet, her deceit to her brother-in-law may make her the fool in the end.
Silent Lynx: Heart of Detroit Series
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Series: Heart of Detroit, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 10,570. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2010. Category: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Spoil, defiant Tanae would like nothing better than her father to leave her alone and let her do what she wants to do despite his warnings that her life could be in jeopardy. One night, she sneaks away from home, but before long she's in the hands of a strong powerful kidnapper who would like nothing more than to ring her neck.
Diamond In The Rough: Heart of Detroit Series
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Series: Heart of Detroit, Book 5. Price: Free! Words: 26,250. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2010. Category: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
A story of chances, stealing, and love inside a city & man where all hope is gone. Can one woman change his destiny? Or will loneliness take over and leave him hopeless?
BabyDoll: Heart of Detroit Series
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Series: Heart of Detroit, Book 2. Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 12,820. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2010. Category: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
A stranger in a dark alley changes Pendulyn's life, when he has his way with her. She finds out there is much more to this dark, mysterious man than what she thought. In the end, she learns an unforgettable lesson in pleasure, but also deceit, lies and pain.
Deceptive Nights
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 70,330. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2010. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
When her husband leaves her with nothing, Phoebe Green vows to never give another man any part of her heart or her body without getting something in return. Jacoby Knight just wants to find a woman, who wants to join themselves with his body and not his massive bank account. These two strangers meet and find they can meet each other needs, yet one night won't do when passion this hot meets.
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You set the price! Words: 18,430. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2009. Category: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Marketing
A guide for writers with or without published work. A comprehensive resource that every writer should have in their library in order to learn how to publish, promote, and market themselves on the Internet. With over 1000+ websites, tips and more to help you become a success and spreading the word about your product and services.
Forbidden Fruit: If I Were Your Woman
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,210. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2009. Category: Fiction » Erotica » General
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stealing innocence II: The Ravishment
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Series: Stealing Innocence, Book 2. Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 77,170. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2009. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
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Stealing Innocence I
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Series: Stealing Innocence, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 103,250. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2009. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
Tying a man down to get what she wants, leads to sweet payback... First book in the Stealing Innocence Saga
Love Like This - Black Family Series
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Series: Black Family. Price: Free! Words: 39,250. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2009. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
He Never Knew It Could Be Love Like This. Book 1 in The Black Family Series
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Sheryl Banks decided to start this diary of ...(well she doesn't know yet, LOL) Join her on her journey to find what every woman wants: a man. A good man! Her life isn't that exciting, but she think it's sure to keep you on your toes (smiling wickedly).
Road To Freedom
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Price: Free! Words: 102,720. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2009. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
Whitney escapes her cruel stepfather's home only to fall into the hands of a man bent on revenge against her stepfather. Whitney prays her stepsister, Erica will have enough strength inside of herself to fight with Whitney and hopefully their father won't turn Erica back to the dark side of greed.