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Saturday, 22 December 2007
Getting to Know Sylvia K. Hamillton
Topic: Author Interview

Sylvia K. Hamilton the person:

1.  What three words do you think describe you as a human being?

Determined - Particular - Creative -- Allow me one more, please. Stubborn.

2.  How do you think others would describe you?

Truthful - Plainspoken - Silly

3.  Please, tell us what you are most passionate about outside of writing.

First, is abuse to animals. I'm a member of the Humane Society and ASPCA and I support them as much as my pocket book will allow. It kills my soul to see an animal hurt or in need. Only an evil person would abuse a defenseless animal. I would fight King Kong if I caught him being cruel to one of God's creatures.  Second, and this is rather weird, I can't stand to see a tree cut down or mutilated by not being pruned properly.  Especially old ones.

4.  Do you have any pets?  If so, introduce us to them.

Yes. I have a precious tortoiseshell 3-year-old cat. My husband says she looks like an owl--something about the way she holds her ears back at times. Her name is Marble and she came to us as a stray. She was pregnant at the time. We had her spayed, and needed innoculations after her babies were born. She appears to be wearing a milk mustache. Makes her look quite funny but adorable.

5.  What is your most precious memory?

The birth of my daughter, Debbie. Learning that my husband's cancer is in remission.

6.  What is your most embarrassing memory?

Perhaps I'll embarrass myself all over again by just telling you. I have so many embarrassing moments. My foot sometimes gets stuck in my mouth. Let's see...I guess when I was in 3rd or 4th  grade, can't remember which. It was Christmas, and I was happy and in love.  It was the last day of school before Christmas holiday and we were creating cards for our parents and having refreshments when curly headed Robert Woofel approached  my desk. I jumped up, threw my arms around him, and gave him a big kiss.  Only then, did I realize--I shouldn't have done  that. The teacher scolded me and I ended up crying. Ruined my whole day.

7.  If you weren't a writer, what would you be doing with your life?

Probably wasting it. Maybe still decorating and hanging wallpaper with my husband. If I were younger, I would be a fashion designer or an interior designer. The latter is what I actually did before I retired.  Now that I've had a full time dose of writing, I honestly don't know what I'd do. I would be lost if I couldn't write.

8.  In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.

Hmmm...Let's see...She lived to write and she died trying.  Oh! I don't know. This is one question I'm at a loss of words for.

Sylvia K. Hamilton the writer:

9.   Can you describe the time you realized you were indeed a "real" writer?

I visited a neighbor that I had never met and introduced myself. She said,  "Oh, you're the writer? Right here in our own park?"  My head swelled a little and my face turned red but I managed to calm my giddiness.

One other thing elated me. It was a letter from a friend's aunt. She's an everyday, ordinary, reader but her letter was so inspiring it convinced me that maybe I was a "real" writer after all. I was in a slump at the time and her words bailed me out and put the pen back in my hand and the words from my head to the keyboard.

10.  What is going on with your writing these days?

I'm working on a sequel to The Kahills of Willow Walk. Working title is For the Love of Willow Walk. I was hoping it would be out by the first of the year...but I don't think so at the rate I'm going.  I'm writing short stories and adding to my collection of childhood memories which I call Long Ago Sundays. Each story has it's own title. I want to compile them some day. I'm having fun entering contests, too.

11.  What are your future goals for your writing?

Well...I want to finish For the Love of Willow Walk and have it published. Publish some short stories and then...whole lots of stuff...we'll see.

12.  Can you describe a typical writing day for you?

A typical writing day for me is...all day.  Of course, I take breaks for normal, trivial living tasks, but I don't shut down the computer until I go to bed. I'm back and forth all day long.

13.  Why do you write?

I write because it makes me feel creative and important. Actually, it's second nature to me and I can't help it. It's almost like a vice, an addiction. Still, an interesting habit.

14.  What writer most inspires you?  Why?

Rod McKuen.  His prose is clever, emotional, romantic, and he has such great style. Also Max Lucado. He has a way with words and phrases. Although he is a spiritual writer, a minister, his stories have all the ingredients good stories should have. Of course, last but not least, all my author friends in the group, Word Mage. They're a breed set-apart, the very best. 

15.  How do you define your writing?

Well...that's a hard one. It's sort of like a soap opera, I would say. I write stories that just seem to keep on going. Like Dallas, or one of the others. I would like to think, as in one of my reviews, my story is along the lines of human interest, or a family drama with a little romance, a little mystery, and a little bit of everything. I guess I write about life, and people and their trials and tribulations,  in general.

16.  In one sentence-what do you want people to say about your writing in fifty years?

I wonder if she knows she is a landmark.

Sylvia K. Hamilton the details:

17.  Can you tell us where to find more information on you? Website?  Blog?





18.  Is there a place where readers can reach you?

Sure and I'd love to hear from everyone. E-mail is

19.  Can you list all your book titles so people can look for them?

The Kahills of Willow Walk can be purchased at Amazon, - or Barnes and Nobel online bookstores.  If you so desire and should want an autographed book please just e-mail me with your address and I'll mail you one.

20.  For new readers-what can they expect when they read your book(s)?

When reading my book I believe readers can expect to laugh, cry, get angry, sad, happy, and anxious, love some characters, and hate others. Finally, yet importantly, be fulfilled. Sounds like I'm bragging but after I had put my manuscript away for a month and went back to it, I became a reader and that's exactly what I felt. Above all, if they look forward to the next one then I'll be happy as a lark.

In conclusion:

21.  Take as much space as necessary to speak to our readers-what would you like them to know about you and your writing?

Thank you so much, Joyce, for having me here for this interview. It's been a pleasure and I appreciate the opportunity.

When I was knee-high to a grasshopper and in elementary school, I loved penmanship. I loved to practice my push-pulls and ovals. Woops! Now I'm telling my age. Oh well. It's the only homework I actually loved doing. Every holiday or birthday, I looked forward to receiving a book and sometimes more than one. I loved reading and was taught never to deface a book in any way. Books, my daddy said, would teach me what the world was about and with every word I read I would gain knowledge.  I started writing poetry and from there wrote my first novel. I managed writing short stories in between. Now I'm going for a sequel, working title, For the Love of Willow Walk.  

I was born and raised in Wheeling, West Virginia. The hills and woods became my playground and I was happy. I had a wonderful childhood, wonderful parents and grandparents, and great friends, one of which I still correspond with.

Posted by joyceanthony at 12:01 AM EST
Updated: Saturday, 22 December 2007 3:12 AM EST
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Saturday, 22 December 2007 - 10:36 AM EST

Name: "Ron Berry"
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Pee Wee

 A great interview! I happen to agree with you about both the animals and the trees. Yes, You are a real good writer. Looking forward to the sequel (don't kill off Dad though).



Saturday, 22 December 2007 - 10:54 AM EST

Name: "Pee Wee"
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Ron, thanks for such a nice comment. I'm going as fast as I can on the sequel. I think 700 words a day is about my limit. I write like I think. SLOW. LOL

 Anyway thanks again.


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