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Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Soul Bearers - Interview with Sylvia Massara

Welcome to BRB, sweeties! Not only is Sylvia Massara a dear friend and fellow author, she's also a great person. It's great to have you here on my blog, hun. So, let's get the ball rolling. Tell us about yourself.
I’m truly alive when I’m doing something creative; whether it be writing, blogging or talking to potential film producers for the adaptation of one of my novels.
I live in Sydney, Australia, with my almost 21-year-old cat, Mitzy. She’s my inspiration and always has been (along with her twin brother, Henry, who unfortunately passed at age 15). I don’t have human children as I’ve never felt secure enough in a relationship to start a family [yes, I have a few evil exes out there]. I would love to adopt if I were financially secure, but right now this is not the case. Perhaps one day when I get a multi-million dollar deal. Who knows, right?
Where and/or how do you find the greatest inspiration?
My inspiration can come from anywhere. I have so many characters inside my head, and so many ideas for stories that I never really need to find inspiration; it is pretty much always there, so I’m lucky.
Which appears first when contemplating a new project: a character, the plot or the title?
Sometimes the character and sometimes a situation—the plot always comes last.
What’s the hardest part of a novel for you to write: beginning, middle or end? Why?
Definitely the middle. This is because I want to get to the conclusion really quickly. I don’t want my characters to have to wait. I’ve always been an impatient person
Has your own life influenced your novels? If so, how?
Aspects of my life always influence my novels. I usually write from experience. It could be something small or something really life-changing, but whatever it is, it always comes from something that happened in my life.
Writing sex/romantic scenes can be a challenge for some authors. Do you find it difficult? If yes, how do you compensate? If no, where do you draw your inspiration?
I don’t find writing a sex/romantic scene difficult at all. I can do erotica if I have to, but that’s not my genre. My sex/lovemaking scenes tend to be tasteful but at the same time passionate.
The biggest challenge I had was writing a sex scene where the female character makes love with a gay male. This was interesting because she had a past of child abuse, and therefore couldn’t stand being touched by a male, but she happens to fall for a gay male, and through the story, their friendship grows and they form a very strong bond; so much so, that he makes love to her not because he wants to make love to a female, but because he wants to free her from her fear of sex. This is his gift of unconditional friendship to her as her closest and dearest friend.
Do you use a certain formula to write the sensual parts? Do you prefer the sex to be open and bold? Or left to the imagination?
This all depends on the storyline. In the same novel that I was talking about in the previous question, The Soul Bearers, there is a scene where the two males make love. I decided to leave that to the imagination rather than have a graphic scene. The main reason for this was so that when the female character makes love with one of the gay males the scene has more impact, as this is central to their relationship and to the core of the story as a whole.
Who is your favourite character, which you’ve created? And, why?
My favourite character is the gay male, Matthew Davis, in The Soul Bearers. The reason being that he gives of himself even though he’s going through his own problems with a partner dying of AIDS, plus the rejection of his family because he’s gay. But it’s not just this, it’s the way his character develops from being someone who’s got a chip on his shoulder about his looks [he’s extremely good-looking, and people react to him because of his looks; and he hates this]; anyway, you might say he’s a bit self-centered about his whole situation, but then he opens up and learns that there are others out there who are suffering just as much, if not more, and this is what brings him close to Alex, the female character in novel; and they share an unconditional friendship that is rare in this day and age.
Tell us about your newest release.
My latest release is the first novel of a mystery series featuring an older female sleuth who works in the international world of luxury hotels. She’s a real smartass, and the story is reminiscent of the film noir genre, where the hero is always flawed, and mostly fighting against all odds, but the hero never gives up. I also like the snappy comments through the story. The other thing I like is having older female characters—upward of 40. Mia Ferrari, in Playing with the Bad Boys, is 48. I think there aren’t enough novels out there with older, wiser female protagonists.
Just for fun–
What is your favourite colour?
Dark green
Which do you prefer a great hero or a great villain?
A great hero/heroine
What is your favourite movie? And, why?
I’d have to say Gone with the Wind. I love Scarlett O’Hara’s character. She’s wicked and self-serving, but without knowing it, she’s also generous and kind. She’s impulsive and maddening, but she gets what she wants, and she NEVER gives up.
If you could be anyone in the world who would it be? And, why?
I’d still want to be me, but younger, healthier and a hell of a lot more wealthy! LOL
Where do you see your writing career in the next five to ten years?
I don’t think I will ever stop writing. I love it, and it’s how I express myself. I hope that within the next five years or less, my writing will become full-time rather than part-time. Right now, I have to support myself and my kitty with a bread and butter job, but hopefully it won’t be long until I get a movie deal for The Soul Bearers, and/or my novels really take off and provide me with a full-time income.
Meanwhile, my kitty won’t lift a single paw to help me earn more $$$!
Website Link: www.sylviamassara.com
The Soul Bearers
Partly inspired by real life events, this is a story of courage, the gift of friendship and unconditional love. The story involves three people whose lives cross for a short period of time and the profound effect which results from their interaction.  Alex Dorian, freelance travel writer and victim of child abuse, arrives in Sydney in an attempt to exorcise the ghosts of her past.  She shares a house with Steve and the disturbing Matthew, a homosexual couple.  Alex finds herself inexplicably attracted to Matthew, and she must battle with her repressed sexuality and her fear of intimacy.
Matthew, extremely good looking and an inspiring actor/model, lives with Steve, who is dying of AIDS. Matthew has his own battle, that of dealing with the rejection of his socialite parents, and facing a future without his partner. Steve is the rock to which the troubled Matthew and Alex cling as they examine their lives and beliefs.  Steve finally dies, but his legacy lives on in the strength which both Matthew and Alex find to face their own pain. Alex learns to love again, thanks to the gift of friendship from Matthew; and in turn, with Alex’s love and support, Matthew learns to forgive the past and move on to follow his dream.
This beautifully told story explores the true meaning of unconditional love--for both one's self and for others. Readers of "The Soul Bearers" will come away with a deeper understanding of human relationships and of what it means to truly love without condition.
To read an excerpt from The Soul Bearers:
Rather than an excerpt, sample the book through either Amazon or Smashwords, and watch the book trailer at: www.sylviamassara.com (all links to the retailers are on my website).
Purchase Links:
All other ebook formats: www.sylviamassara.com
And soon coming out in paperback (around end of October 2012)
Publisher Link: 
Only available in digital format for the time being. For all retailers, visit author’s site: www.sylviamassara.com

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