Serena Grey is the Bestselling contemporary romance author of the Swanson Court series, Undeniable and the Dangerous Man series.
She is in love with the whole concept of love and is a proud and unrepentant incurable romantic who swoons over sexy billionaires and delicious book-boyfriends.
She loves music and movies, believes that books are sacred, and is addicted to ice-cream, coffee, and red wine. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found reading on her Kindle.
She writes steamy erotic romance novels about sexy alpha billionaires. So if you like books like that, you can find her work here.
Tell us about yourself
I like to read. I’m that girl sitting alone in a café reading a book. Though I read all genres, I’ve always had a soft spot for romance, Mills and Boon, Harlequin, Barbara Cartland, Danielle Steele and even Jackie Collins… name it, I read it growing up. I’ve been writing for a long time. When I was a teenager, I wrote passionate, never completed romances on every plain sheet I could find. Early this year, I decided to write a story that’s been in my head for a while, and that’s how Awakening came about.
Who are the authors that have influenced your work?
I’m not sure I can pinpoint authors that have influenced my work, but there are books that have influenced me.
Books that made me desperate to write (On Dublin Street, The Unwanted Wife, Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married). Books that were just a joy to read (The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen , Memoirs of a Geisha by William Golding). Books that I’ll always remember (Cassia Leo’s Shattered Hearts series, Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James, the Crossfire series by Sylvia Day, and lots of erotic romance books, both Indie and traditionally published.)
You’re writing a series with many fans waiting for the next installment. What series are you currently obsessed with?
Have I mentioned Cassia Leo’s Shattered hearts… okay that’s completed now :). I spend a few hours every day wondering what’s going to happen next in the Crossfire series. I think I’m in love with Gideon Cross.
What inspired the character of Sophie Bennett in Awakening?
I wanted to write a passionate romantic story about a girl who is swept off her feet by a handsome, sexy man. The more I thought about it, the more the character of Sophie took shape in my mind. She is naïve, sometimes unhappy, and longing for love. When David Preston provides the possibility of happiness, belonging, as well as excitement in her uneventful life, she takes the chance without thinking about the possible consequences.
The second book in the series, Rebellion, explores the developing relationship between Sophie and David. How many books in total are you planning for the series?
There will be four books in total, with the outstanding two books published over the next two months. The next book, Claim, is going to have some chapters from David’s point of view, and then we get to continue with Sophie as she tries to get her life together.
How do you write emotional scenes?
I like to close my eyes, picture the characters in my head, and allow myself to feel what they’re feeling.
Music you write to
Maroon 5, The Script, emotional/sad love songs, soft rock etc.
Italy for sure. I have an insane desire to ride in a Gondola in Venice.
I’m still a little bit in love with Leonardo DiCaprio. I remember crying myself to sleep after I saw Titanic. Every year, I give him an Oscar in my heart.
Favourite TV show
I love Walking Dead, Game of Thrones (I’m one of those people who are obsessed with the books), Vampire Diaries, Mad Men, Suits, and Smash.
What your guilty pleasure?
I have no willpower when it comes to white Chocolate, or any kind of Chocolate for that matter.