Interview: Sylvia Resnick

Sylvia Resnick’s work has been a part of the Hollywood scene for three decades. Beginning in the mid-60s, her work appeared in publications such as Photoplay, TV Radio Mirror,Modern Screen, Movie Stars and TV Star Parade. She joined Rona Barrett’s magazine staff in 1970, interviewing and writing about Hollywood’s established and on the way up film and television actors. She also writes about the benefits of spa vacations under the name Sheri Paul. She has launched her own spa-related blog: SpaSmart.info.

Sylvia was commissioned to write a biography of Kristy McNichol for Xerox, followed by two celebrity cookbooks focusing on favorite recipes and some home spun memories: The Partridge Family Cookbook (Curtis Publications) and The Walton Family Cookbook (Bantam). In 1982 her (then) agent Writers House pesented Sylvia with an offer from St. Martin’s Press,then signed her to a contract to write a biography of Burt Reynolds with whom she had become friends at the time.

Her writing talents also entered the fiction world. She wrote a trilogy of teen mysteries titled “Debbie Preston Teenage Reporter” and two erotic novels: Heat Wave and Summer of Love. She is currently under contract to complete a book on Hollywood Heartthrobs for Bear Mountain Media. I know you are going to enjoy this enjoy.

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Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and how long have you been writing?

I was born in Chicago, IL graduating from high school and attending Wright College for a year before moving to Los Angeles for a while. During my time in LA I attend Los Angeles City College for a years after working at MGM during the summer, then moved back to Chicago where I met and married my husband Max. When our son was seven months old we returned to live in California as both of us really loved the climate and the serenity at that time. Boy, things have changed!

What types of writing do you do?

I have done many different types of writing in my long term career:PR, personal experience features, celebrity interviews, a monthly beauty feature, a newspaper travel column, travel features and celebrity interviews in various magazines(my primary focus from 1964 until 1992 when I stopped writing entirely for personal reasons.

What’s the best thing about writing?

The best thing about writing is that it can be done at any time of the day or night and in my pajamas(as I am writing at this moment); My main writing goal at this time is to finish the Hollywood themed book for which I have a contract and to get out my blog: all about spas. From there I hope to move on to writing and publishing novels that sell well.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I have been writing since I was twelve,but initially wanted to be an actress. I did some little theater work at Pierce College while pursuing my writing career. It was the best of both worlds.

Favorite authors?

My favorite author is Jane Austen. Other current day favorites: Nora Roberts, Mary Higgins Clark and the James Patterson of his early days. I enjoy reading a real thriller so can add Tess Garriston. Ironically both Roberts and Garriston started out writing romance novels.

Book you’re currently reading.

Currently, I am in between reading a couple of books neither of which is holding my interest.

Any type of writing ritual you have?

I usually enjoy writing at night, sometimes in the late afternoon. My ritual is to sit down at the computer and decide which of my projects is calling to me that day. I write on about three to four different projects at a time, spaced out of course.

Do you believe in writer’s block? If so, how did you get past it? If not, why not?

Writer’s block consumed me for ten years due to a family medical situation, so yes I do believe in it.

What’s the measure of a successful writer?

The measure of a successful writer is to meet her or his goal whatever that is, if at all possible. Perseverance can do it.

Where can we learn more about you?

You can find more information on my writings at sylviaresnick.net.

Anything else you’d like to add?

At the end of October you can access my spa blog at: all about spas. Much good luck to all of the dedicated writers out there.

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