Jen: Today we welcome Sidney Bristol to Romancing the Book. Sidney, will you please share a short bio with us?
Sidney: It can never be said that Sidney Bristol has had a ‘normal’ life. She is a recovering roller derby queen, former missionary, and tattoo addict. She grew up in a motor-home on the US highways (with an occasional jaunt into Canada and Mexico), traveling the rodeo circuit with her parents. Sidney has lived abroad in both Russia and Thailand, working with children and teenagers. She now lives in Texas where she splits her time between a job she loves, writing, reading and belly dancing.
Jen: Please tell us about your recent releases.
Sidney: Thanks so much to the Romancing the Book team for having me here today! February is such a busy and exciting month for me. You see, I have not one, but two books releasing this month. Yes, two!
A Kiss for a Cure came out February 4th. I like to call it my Sharks in Space book because the idea came while watching Shark Week and asking myself: What if there were sharks, in space? There’s more to the book than that, I promise! It’s a romance about two people finding love in a marriage of convenience. There’s a hero and heroine, kidnapping and a little danger. And sharks.
Tomorrow the second release of the month comes out. Collar Me in Paris is a contemporary BDSM book. It features a married couple introduced in Bound with Pearls. Bianca and Clay are quite entertaining and daring, and they really needed their own story! I wasn’t sure what to do with them until one weekend when my mom came over. You see, my mom loves to watch The Amazing Race and whenever she comes over I’m forced to watch it. So I asked myself: What if someone wanted to have a little more fun with that kind of race? And off I went! Writing about this crazy couple and how they bring their own brand of fun to their version of the race.
My friends like to say that I burn the candle at both ends, and they’d be right! I’m already hard at work on the editing process for my next contracted book with Ellora’s Cave. It’s the follow up to Under His Skin, a book that introduces the reader to four female tattoo artists and their lifestyle.
Jen: What age did you discover writing? Tell us your call story.
Sidney: This is one of my favorite stories to tell! I grew up doing rodeo so when we stopped when I was about ten I wasn’t the most socially adept kid in the class.
If all the other kids were off playing at cheerleading, I did it too. If we were doing King of the Mountain, so was I. So one day, I asked my best friend why she wasn’t playing whatever the other kids were one day.
In a very serious tone of voice she informed me: “The really cool kids write.”
And I believed her.
I started writing and didn’t stop.
Jen: What kind of research did you do for this book?
Sidney: For Collar Me in Paris, I chose the city because in 2011 I got the chance to go to Paris, France with my mom. I spent two weeks going all over the city and exploring little communities and really getting a feel for the culture. While writing the book I spent a lot of time studying the pictures I took to get the descriptions right. I even unfolded all my metro maps so I was using station names instead of just making it up!
For A Kiss for a Cure I watched hours and hours of documentaries that focused on shark species, their hunting types, what we know of the way they move around the oceans and biology. This wasn’t that much of a hardship since I love shark anything anyways. It was more of a license to do what I wanted to anyways!
Jen: What did you do to celebrate your first book? Do you do anything to celebrate a sale, new contract or release?
Sidney: I think I bought a dress from PinUpGirlClothing.com. Yes, actually I did. It’s a really cute blue and white dress that I wanted oh so badly, but couldn’t justify the purchase. I decided then and there that whenever I sell a book, I get to buy a dress! Great plan, right? Yeah, I thought so too until I sold a bunch of books and wound up owing myself a pretty penny in dresses!