Interview with Sybil Nelson (Author of Priscilla The Great)

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Lately, I have had the priviledge to interview talented author, Sybil Nelson! I have already read one of her books, Priscilla The Great and loved it! If you would like to see the review please click HERE (or scroll down). Here is the interview...

Have you always wanted to be an author?

No. I remember loving to write when I was young and even winning some competitions but I lost confidence in my writing as I grew older. I entered University as an English and Journalism major but then graduated as a math and music major. For a while it was my dream to compose music for Disney. Then one day I decided I wanted to do something about how few black women there were in the books that I liked so I picked up a pen and started writing them in. Since then I’ve written 10 novels each with a black female somewhere in the book.

What is your favourite type of genre (the genre you use with your books)?

Yes, I love YA books. There’s something hopeful and nostalgic about them for me. Maybe it’s because I can always find something to relate to. Of course, there are some adult books that I love and adult authors are usually the ones that make my favorite list, but when I’m looking to relax or be entertained, I always go for the YA section.

Who is your favourite character in Priscilla The Great?

That’s a hard question. I love all my characters! Of course I love Priscilla because she’s just sassy and fun. But then again I like Tai because she reminds me of myself. I was the book smart nerd growing up. But then again I love the twins because they’re just plain hilarious.

What do you hope readers will obtain from your book

Just a good time. It’s a fun read and I hope people laugh.

Do you hope to bring out more books, if so can you give us an idea what it will be about?

I’ve already written four of the five Priscilla the Great books. I also have ideas for spin off series for Tai and the twins.

Who are you favourite authors?

V.C. Andrews, Jane Austen, Michael Crichton, Gwendolyn Brooks, Tom Wolfe, Mark Haddon, Alice Walker.

Did a certain author inspire you to become one yourself?
Hmm, tough one. If anyone, I would have to say V.C. Andrews because I was reading a lot of her during my formative years. That was about the time when I first wondered why all of her characters were white. There were never any beautiful black women in her books. My very first story was a V.C. Andrews type story about a black girl and a white boy who fall in love. It is now a full length novel called Ain’t No Sunshine, written under my pen name Leslie DuBois.

Quick Fire Questions...

Favourite Food: Bacon.
Favourite Book:
The Bible.
Favourite Song:
I Will Survive.
Favourite Movie:
The Wedding Singer (I love me some Adam Sandler).

If you would like to go to The Website for Priscilla The Great please click HERE. It's such a cool website, music, characters, snippets of upcoming books, etc and you can even order your own book of Priscilla The Great! If you would like to go to Priscilla The Great's Blog please click HERE

Left: The book.
Right: The main character, Priscilla Sumners.



  1. I like your style, Rachel. You did a great job on both interviews posted here! I'm going to query you about doing reviews for my three YA novels.


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