Interview with Sybil Darlette

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the mid-south back when children left home to visit their grandparents and curfews existed. It was a simpler time because there was no internet or email and the phones were land lines and phone booths. It was a time when children played outside, riding bikes, skating, on steel wheels in the street, on the side walk or in the driveway. It was a time when you played videos games at the arcade instead of at home. All of this gave me insight and subjects to write about. Whenever someone new moved into the neighborhood, the children would automatically meet and play. Each day, you learn more and more about the person you're playing with and their family. Everyone is different. People are different, and if something struck me as being strange or funny, I'd store it in memory and write about it later in the form of a story. Each day, a new chapter began. Each day was a new influence.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was ten years old. Being the youngest of three siblings, I was often too young to do what was fun and exciting, so I would create my own world, or the family I wished I had on paper, then I would read it to myself and enjoy my story. I was destined to be an author.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Proper English and Moxy. (LOL) I got teased a lot for not using slang like my classmates when I was in school. It followed me throughout my adult life with certain jobs. Many children back when I was growing up, spent a lot time with older adults, such as grandparents, and friends of grandparents. The older ones always had a reason for not saying words correctly and children didn't question authority at that time therefore, if they openly accepted what they heard, then they would use it too. I didn't accept anything without proof or a good explanation. My thing was, "Its not spelled like that."
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Basically, seeing how easy it was for my brother to get his book out there and my ability to produce a good story that I feel people would enjoy. Now that we have ebooks, it's much easier and less expensive to get started on your dream of becoming a published author.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy has to be being able to tell a story that makes people think and enjoy it.
What do your fans mean to you?
I admire my fans. They let me know that there is sanity in the world.
What are you working on next?
I have at least one novella that I plan on finishing up that will be a spin off, if you will, of the previous story. It may even be looked at as a part two because it goes on to tell the same story but with new characters emerging that really shows the reader how the so called circle goes until, once again, something breaks. My fans should expect more laughter and enjoyment.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have several favorites. Samuel Clemens,Poe, Robert Frost, those are the ones that comes to mind right away. In today's time, I'd say that Zane is one of my favorites along with a few others.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Adding another chapter to my books that will delight my readers. Everyday is something new and exciting.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When Im not writing, I spend my time playing my ukulele or watching classic Cary Grant and/or Jimmy Stewart movies.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I spend a lot of time looking at books on smashwords. When I run across something that truly interest me, I keep an eye on it. Eventually, I buy it. I also shop through google playbooks and amazon books (I think that's what it's called).
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I remember the first story I ever wrote, it was called "The Autograph". I was about 10 years old.
Published 2014-08-06.
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Books by This Author

Bam! Thad Eels
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 31,150. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Urban life
A young mother gets a job at a sleazy motel and meets a snuff dipping, gossiping old lady and a two-bit hooker. During her struggle for a better life, she is date-raped by a local slacker and presses charges against him.This new urban fiction novella comes to life with lots of side-ripping humor that will leave you full of laughter and wanting more.