An Interview with Sunny Day

Sunny Day’s main preoccupation in life is reading and/or writing books, though she much prefers reading what someone else wrote. She is thirty something, single, and can usually be found attached to her laptop. Her only form of exercise is bouncing up and down when whatever story she is working on shapes well. 

Q: You’ve written ManLove in a few different genres. Is there a particular genre that you enjoy the most?

A: It’s a tough question. I’m rather fond of all my books. I don’t start writing thinking, “It’s gonna be that and that genre.” I start with characters and see where they end up. I don’t think one is easier to write than the other. It’s just slightly different. You have to have strong characters and an intriguing plot (and okay, steamy scenes but that’s not a hardship). Even if you invent a whole new world, there has to be some logic to it. In the end, it boils down to who, how, why, and in erotic romance, how much they enjoyed it.

Q: What was your most rewarding moment in writing ManLove (so far)?

A: Truthfully? I like writing those stories, so creating them is certainly fun. But I can’t describe how an author feels when a reader says he or she liked the book. I was positively giddy when readers wondered if there would be more books in the Silver Moon series.

Q: Which character was your favorite to write?

A: Leslie from Keeping a Cowboy. I think the whole book was in his POV. I tried getting Ash to speak, but somehow always returned to Leslie. Why? I admit I have a soft spot for Leslie because he had dealt with everything his life threw at him and managed to find happiness. I can’t say his life is perfect—it’s not my vision of perfect, and probably isn’t even his vision of perfect, but either way, it works for him.

Q: Your characters, even the minor ones, have distinct personalities and voices. Where do you find inspiration for them?

A: Huh. I really don’t know. I have never been a believer in saying, “There is only one right way.” Different people react differently to similar things. It doesn’t make either of them right or wrong, just unique, so I guess I try to apply it to my characters. It’s like pieces of a really complicated puzzle—they are all different, but together they make something lovely and worth the work.

Q: Several of your characters have a wonderful sense of humor. How do you manage to balance that humor with the more serious aspects of the plot?

A: I read books for fun. I can’t actually say that writing them is equal fun, but the ultimate goal is for readers to enjoy them. While I do have general outline of the plot, those little slices of life add themselves as I write. It’s like a long day at work. Even if you love what you do, those eight hours can stretch interminably. A joke, or even an attempt at a joke, can make time pass easier. You may not remember it when you get home, because frankly, it doesn’t have to be memorable, but it certainly can brighten your day.

Q: What’s the most memorable sex scene from one of your books? Why?

A: Wow, there were a lot of those. I have a favorite scene for each pair of my heroes, so it’s hard to choose. If I had to choose, I’d pick the scene with handcuffs from Raphael’s Mating, and the second time for Antonio and Murray from Finding Beta.

Q: In Finding Alpha, Rhys gets poisoned, loses the fight, and gets knocked down. How does that fit with his image of being alpha male?

A: It shows he isn’t invincible. He made some bad judgments, but is able to work past them. It’s the way he reacts to them that makes him a good person and a good leader. I had so much fun writing Rhys, twisting all those preconceived notions of what a pack alpha should be.

Q: Why did you choose a mermaid for your hero in Siren’s Tail?

A: I loved hearing old legends and myths, and it intrigued me that there never was any mention of mermen, just mermaids. The whole story was sort of “why not?” What if all those stories were based on truth and all the creatures they spoke of were real? How would today’s world handle them? Would we be fascinated or scared? That’s how Ben came about. He doesn’t have a problem with being with a man but a merman—that’s a whole other kettle of fish.

Q: You have written more than one scene in which the hero is imagining having sex with his partner. Wouldn’t it be better to have them get down and dirty with each other?

A: Heh. Considering that I write erotic romance, my heroes are going to have sex eventually, but I really don’t see why they shouldn’t enjoy themselves before. I have often heard it said that the brain is the most important sexual organ and happen to agree. It’s a perfect way for them to figure out what they want.

Q: You seem fond of the “gay for you” concept in your books, when one of the heroes finds out he is attracted to a man for the first time. Why?

A: Because the idea of falling in love with someone who doesn’t fit your predefined criteria is intriguing. It’s interesting watching them struggle and ultimately come to the decision that it’s not the outside that matters but what’s inside a person, because that’s what it comes down to. Love is something too precious to throw away just because we are not expected to like the package it arrived in.

Q: What do you do to relax or get the creative juices flowing when you are struggling to meet your writing goals or deadlines?

A: I have a bunch of text files with scribbled ideas. They are often pretty short and I still haven’t found a way to organize them. Whenever I can’t write, I start perusing those. I usually find something I can sink my teeth into. I don’t have to start writing right away—usually I don’t. That’s the least amusing part of the process. I let myself play with those characters, see if I’m in a mood to start their story, but then it’s back to work.

Q: Who do you look up to? What are some of their qualities that you strive to possess as well?

A: I’m a lazy and disorganized person, at least when it comes to my writing, so I admire writers who manage to write multiple books in a short amount of time. (Just look at the BookStrand site. There are many of those. I’m practically green with envy.) The sheer focus needed to accomplish something like that continues to awe me. It’s not only figuring out the story, it’s spending hours writing it down then going over the manuscript over and over again until it’s done that impresses me. It’s a lot of work and takes a lot of determination, and ultimately love.

Q: Have you killed off many characters in your books? If so, which one do you most wish you could have spared, and why?

A: I don’t think so. Dead characters are (no pun intended) dead ends regarding the plot. I may need said character somewhere down the line, so it’s better to keep him alive. I try to kill only the villains so I’m not exactly overcome with remorse at their demise. The only one I’m sorry about is Zane fromFinding Alpha. There wasn’t much of his backstory in the book, but he did have his reasons for acting like he did. Sadly, there was no way to fix what was wrong with him, so I couldn’t keep him alive.