So a few weeks ago, I got a set of interview questions from Fiona Mcvie of Author Interviews. I’ve posted a few of the questions and my answers here. For the complete interview please go over to her website.
Name : Serena Grey
A little about yourself i.e. your education Family life etc
I’m the last of three children, a book lover. I’m married to an amazing man, no children yet. I just hit thirty, which I still find to be a bit unbelievable. I wake up most mornings still thinking that I’m sixteen.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I published a new book a few days ago. Lost In You. It’s the third and final book in my Swanson Court series, a romance series featuring Landon Court, a handsome hotel owner who doesn’t do commitment, and Rachel Foster, a magazine writer who decides to have a fling with him, but ends up falling in love.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I really can’t say. I remember making up stories as a child. I used to read a lot, especially romance novels, though I also read espionage, classics and everything I could lay my hands on, but I think I read maybe one Harlequin/Mills and Boon/Silhouette romance every week. In my teens, I was writing stories like those I read, as well as unbelievable short romance stories/fantasies where Leonardo di Caprio always somehow ended up in my town and fell in love with me…
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I always knew that I was a writer. It was only a question of when I’d be published. I always thought I’d find an agent, get a deal, at some point in my life, but then the self-publishing wave rolled in, and there was no excuse to procrastinate anymore. I wrote my first short romance, Awakening, to test the waters, and I continued that series because the response from readers was encouraging, and self-publishing, with the amazing support system from fellow authors, reviewers, and readers, felt perfect for me. I haven’t stopped writing since then.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
If I do, I don’t believe I have a term for it. I like to close my eyes and meditate on my characters, their lives, their emotions, their desires. I try to empathize, to feel what they feel, so I can out it down on the page in a convincing way.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
I have read and loved so many books, that I can’t really say. I love books in multiple genres. I love those old chick-lit novels, Sophie Kinsella and Wendy Holden. I love Nick Hornby’s writing. I think Sylvia Day is a goddess for writing the Crossfire Series. I have read Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre, enough times to have most of the words tattooed in my heart. I’m obsessed with A Song of Ice and Fire by George R R Martin. I’m a Potterhead, a Twihard, I’m Greysessed. You get the picture… Total booknerd.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m doing this thing where I’m mixing Literary Fiction and Classics with books by contemporary romance authors. I recently finished Sophie’s Choice by William Styron… no words. It humbled me. I moved on to Never Let You Go, a reimagining of the Hansel and Gretel fairytale by Katy Regnery. Then Grey, by E.L James and Twilight Reimagined by Stephenie Meyer, both of which I enjoyed. I have North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell on my next-to-read list, and I’m dying to read The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Most of the authors I read now are new, as in, they only started publishing in the last five years or so. I love the Colleen Hoover books I’ve read. Though I have this thing where I buy her books as soon as they come out then save them for as long as possible before I read them, it’s weird, and I have no idea why I do that. When I finally read Maybe Someday, I cried my eyes out and now I’m saving Ugly Love.
I adore Cassia Leo. I read Relentless when it came out, and she has been an auto-buy for me since then.
For the rest of this interview, go over to Author Interviews.