…the #1 New York Times & #1 international bestselling author of over a dozen award-winning novels translated into thirty-nine languages. With millions of copies of her books in print, her work has appeared at the top of multiple international bestsellers lists. She has been a number one bestseller in fourteen countries. Two of her novels–Bared to You and Reflected in You–took spots among the top ten bestselling books of 2012 on year-end sales round ups throughout the world. She has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Author and her work has been honored as Amazon’s Best of the Year in Romance. Sylvia is presently serving as President of Romance Writers of America.
Sylvia is a lifelong California resident who loves to travel. Her adventures have taken her to Japan, Holland, Germany, France, Mexico, Jamaica, the United Kingdom, and all over the United States. Born in Los Angeles, she grew up in Orange County (the O.C.), and later lived in Monterey, Oceanside, and the Temecula Valley.
She is a Japanese-American who enjoys the many Japanese cultural events in Southern California as well as frequent family jaunts to Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, and Sea World. Her childhood career aspirations were few — become a dolphin trainer at Sea World or a bestselling novelist. Obviously, the dolphin trainer career took a back seat. She is now a wife and mother of two, a full-time writer, and a former Russian linguist for the U.S. Army Military Intelligence.
A year after she first sat down at the keyboard, Sylvia sold her first book to Kensington Brava and three years later — to the day — she sold her 15-17th single title books. In addition to her novels, she’s written numerous novellas and short stories for both print and digital-first release. Sylvia’s work has been called an “exhilarating adventure” by Publishers Weekly and “wickedly entertaining” by Booklist. She’s been honored with the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice award, the EPPIE award, and the National Readers’ Choice Award, as well as multiple nominations for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® Award of Excellence.
Sylvia travels extensively in conjunction with various speaking engagements. In addition to presenting workshops before writing groups around the country, she is a frequent panelist at events such as the RT Book Lovers Convention, Romance Writers of America’s National Convention, and Comic-Con.
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One of the many benefits of being a published author are the increased opportunities to give back to the community through charitable support. Many of the reader/author events Sylvia attends around the country benefit charities that are local to those events. She has also contributed content to the following books, the proceeds from which she donates entirely to charity:
One Way Farm
Benefit Book: The Promise of Love
One Way Farm Children’s Home provides residential care 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. Our agency provides an Animal Education Therapy Program, an Employment Training Program, Counseling Services and a Youth Program to further the healing of our children, all very unique programs.We have served approximately 8,500 children and have been in business since 1976. We are licensed by the Job and Family Services and serve children from throughout the State of Ohio. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation and located in Butler County in southwestern Ohio. Our continuing goal is to provide for the best interest of the child.
Troops Ongoing Project
Benefit Book: The Write Ingredients: Recipes from Your Favorite Authors
The Lori Foster Bookjunkys (a yahoo group for readers and writers) sponsors an ongoing “Troop Project.” Headed up by Laurie Damron and enhanced by collections at the annual “Reader and Author Get Together,” items and money (for shopping) are donated so that several times a year care packages filled with fun and sometimes necessary items can be mailed off to various active-duty military troops.
More on the Troop Project » Contact Laurie Damron at ljodamron [at] gmail [dot] com