Interview with Cristiane Serruya, author of Royal Love

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What can you tell us about your new release, Royal Love?

The basic idea I started with for Royal Love was this guy who had the whole world at his feet—personally and professionally—and yet he was bored. I wanted a character living an awesome life, but unfulfilled and unhappy, without really knowing it. Until a strong, beautiful woman comes along and turns every aspect of his life upside down.

The Last Royals Series is set in two fictitious European kingdoms I created. I also put together a bunch of anarchists and criminals who hate royals—for one reason or other. Now, I have lots of stories to type. Royal Affair is coming out on May 3 and I’ve already begun Royal Masquerade.

Royal Love is on Kindle Unlimited, but it’s coming to iTunes, Kobo, GooglePlay, and Nook on April 17!

What or who inspired you to become an author?

Well, it is kind of silly. In April 2009 I was bedridden with a terrible case of flu and such a bad headache that I had to have the curtains drawn all day. Since I couldn’t even read, I decided to tell myself a story. The seed was planted, but daily life kept me from writing it. Exactly in February 28th, 2011, a friend of mine said I had such good stories to tell that I should write a book. The next day, I started the TRUST Series.

My oldest daughter, Raphaela, was the first person I told I decided to write. When she recovered from the shock, she asked, “Who is going to read your book, Mommy?” And when my husband and youngest daughter discovered about it, they bet I wouldn’t publish it. *LOL* It just kindled my fire.

Which books would we be surprised to find on your shelves?

If there is a Stephen King book in my shelves, I didn’t put it there! With all due apologies to the master, and as much as obsessed I am about books, I am terrified of his stories.

Seriously now, I have eclectic taste. When I was young, Barbara Cartland and Agatha Christie were my faves. As I grew, Kafka, Becket, Victor Hugo, George Orwell, all the classics, and many contemporary authors made their way into my library. I also read what my daughters read: Rick Riordan, JK Rowlings, and (even!) Stephanie Meyer. And of course, there are lots and lots of contemporary, paranormal, and historical romances, from Gena Showalter to Tessa Dare.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I decide who loves and hates; who lives and dies. I can totally transform a person I know in a good—or evil—character. I can even take my revenge on the evil ones and create a whole new ending for a situation gone wrong. And I create happily-ever-afters. With all the horrible things happening in the world, unnecessary killings, religious and racial strife, it’s great to be able to escape to a world where my characters survive bad things and are still able to find a fulfilling and healing relationship with a happy ending—oh! And don’t forget the steamy sex part I get to create.

What is a typical day like for you?

Although I try to write every day, it’s not always possible. I like to write at night when everything is quiet, but my six-foot-six husband who is very jealous of my books demands I go to bed at a more…hmm…normal hour once in a while. *grin*

I can write 5,000 words in a day—not that I’m counting, I never do; not a single word in others; write middle chapters—which will probably not be used; have a horrible writer block for days. All that is okay, it’s part of my author life. But then I can be hooked by the story and, drinking home-made ice-tea during the Carioca summer (almost all year round) or hot tea in the Carioca two-week winter and listening to music, I won’t stop until I finish it.

Where is your happy place? Why does it bring you joy?

A wooden house in the mountains, surrounded by a snowy evergreen forest and nature sounds—with a super wi-fi connection, of course. Not only it reminds me of good moments when I was a kid and used to travel with my parents during our summers, and also I love the cold and hate the Carioca hot and humid weather.

It would be the perfect place to write.

What scene in Royal Love was your favorite to write?

The scene when Angus and Siobhan first meet. Boy, was it fun to write it! I had such a good time with that scene, typing and laughing out loud, that my husband came to see if I was receiving friends. Well, I was, but the friends were not made of flesh and bone.

And the last chapter and prologue, which I wrote before the middle chapters were concluded. It was such a satisfying ending, imho, and it left them exactly where I’d pictured them being from the very start. BUT…I’m not totally done with them yet! There’ll be more of Siobhan and Angus on Royal Affair, Last Royals #2, that comes out on May 3rd, 2018. And who knows? I might even write Last Royals romances totally dedicated to the heirs.

As long as there’s story to tell, I keep writing, writing, writing.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

I go by the words of Gandhi: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

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