Sylvia is the #1 New York Times, #1 USA Today & #1 international bestselling author of over twenty award-winning novels translated into 41 languages. With tens of millions of copies of her books in print, she is a #1 bestseller in 28 countries.
For the past five years, Sylvia’s novels took spots among the top bestselling books on global year-end sales round ups, making her one of the most widely read authors in the world today. Sylvia served as the 22nd President of Romance Writers of America and presently serves on the Authors Guild’s Board of Directors.
Hailed as “one of the most successful romance writers in the world” by Fox News, Sylvia’s work has been covered in Time, Variety, People, the Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, the Associated Press, USA Today, and Entertainment Weekly – to name just a few. She has been the subject of trivia questions on the television game shows Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and Jeopardy!, as well as a Kit Hoover recommended read on Access Hollywood Live. Sylvia’s Jax & Gia series is presently in development with Passionflix for motion picture adaptation, with a scheduled release in November 2017.
In addition to her novels, Sylvia has written numerous novellas and short stories for both print and digital-first release. Her 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 National Readers’ Choice Award, and multiple nominations for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® Award of Excellence. Sylvia has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Author and her work has been honored as Amazon’s Best of the Year.
Sylvia travels extensively in conjunction with various speaking engagements. She is a frequent workshop presenter and panelist at events such as the RT Book Lovers Convention, Romance Writers of America’s National Convention, and Comic-Con, and a popular keynote speaker for writing programs presented by local chapters, national and international organizations, and colleges across the United States.
Her book tours and travel engagements have taken her around the globe. Born in Los Angeles, she grew up in Orange County (the O.C.), and later lived in Monterey and Oceanside. Sylvia now resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, but occasionally works from her pied-à-terre on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York. She considers the two vibrant, energetic, and never-dark cities perfect for a writer whose working hours are as unpredictable as her characters. Sylvia’s work and life are the inspirations for Beyond Words, the digital lifestyle magazine.
S.J. Day is the pseudonym for Sylvia’s non-romance genre works–the books Sylvia writes that don’t always have a Happily Ever After (HEA) romantic resolution at the end.
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. In addition Sylvia funds the Daylight Scholarship, and a selected charity through Day It Forward, a monthly feature on Beyond Words. She has also contributed content to the following books, the proceeds from which she donates entirely to charity:
Benefit Book: Premiere
Romance Writers of America is dedicated to advancing the professional interests of career-focused romance writers through networking and advocacy. Proceeds from anthology sales will help to fund RWA’s programs and services.
Benefit Book: The Promise of Love
One Way Farm Children’s Home provides residential care 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. The agency provides an Animal Education Therapy Program, an Employment Training Program, Counseling Services and a Youth Program to further the healing of thier children, all very unique programs. They have served approximately 8,500 children and have been in business since 1976. They are licensed by the Job and Family Services and serve children from throughout the State of Ohio. They are a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation and located in Butler County in southwestern Ohio. Their continuing goal is to provide for the best interest of the child.
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.
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One of the recurring features on Beyond Words is Day It Forward, where readers are encouraged to share stories about the important work of charities close to their hearts. Each month, Sylvia chooses one recommended charity to highlight and support with a donation. To have your charity considered for Day It Forward, please email your essays to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Day it Forward” in the subject line by the monthly deadline. Deadlines and submission instructions can found on the Day It Forward section of Beyond Words.
The Daylight Scholarship, funded by Sylvia, awards up to five scholarships for the payment of conference registration fees for the Romance Writers of America® Conference. Applicants must be RWA members who are current or previous year RITA® finalists. Members may apply by submitting a personal letter stating their financial need, their serious pursuit of a romance writing career, and why they believe attendance at the conference in the year of their application will benefit their romance writing career.
The fund is overseen by Romance Writers of America. Applications should be directed to RWA, attention: Daylight Scholarship, 14615 Benfer Rd., Houston, TX 77069, with “Daylight Scholarship application” in the subject line.