About Cristiane Serruya:
USA TODAY and Amazon bestselling romance author Cristiane Serruya—or just Cris—is Brazilian and lives in Rio de Janeiro, with her husband, two daughters, and Loki, her Shetland Sheepdog. She has studied in England, France, Italy, and Switzerland and graduated in Law, with a Master’s in Business Law and a BA in Fine Arts. In 2012, she published her first romance, and is proud of the awards her novels have received. She still works as a lawyer, but writing has become an essential part of her life, and a fulfilling adventure, as it allows her to make friends all over the world.
What inspires you to write?
Don’t tell anyone, but meeting interesting people—in person or on line—gives me the inspiration for my characters. So, careful…you can end in one of my books. *smile*
Also, there’s a little bit of me in my characters as well—yeah, including the bad ones!
The only one that is closer to a blueprint would be Sophia Leibowitz, from SHADES of TRUST. Also, there’s a lot of me in her.
In the sequel, SHADES of LOVE, I interviewed many people about many things, but especially about war and strange cults. Then I mixed everything in my cauldron spiced it with my imagination and out came Eva May and Blue; Tavish and Laetitia; Richard and Giulianna; Hugh and Anneliese; and their love stories.
Tell us about your writing process.
I can plot or go by the seat of my panties. And since I have multiple personalities and multiple identities so the answer would be: it depends on who would be inhabiting my body at the moment. And, no, I am not crazy…hmm…maybe just a bit.
I have pretty boring writing habits. I have a home-office where I plan the story and characters and do the editing on my iMac. My favorite place to write is the big armchair I have on my living room and I use a MacPro for that. There, 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 type away on my laptop all night until the sun comes out.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Of course. They are the owners of their own stories and if they don't agree with what I am doing, they will keep poking me until I change it.
Sometimes, I want to write one story but the character is not available to me so I have to be patient and wait for her/him to be ready. And sometimes, I have to stop writing a book to insert someone else's love story.
I don't even know how to explain it, so crazy that it is. I feel what they are feeling. I laugh and cry with them. I get angry and sad. But, hey, as I told you above, I am not crazy…
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’ve written since I was a kid, but my life in the written world started in a very unexpected and silly way. In 2009, had a horrible flu that kept me in bed for days. I felt so bad that I could not even read, so I decided to tell myself a story. It was only on February 28th, 2011 that I began to write the story of three wealthy, beautiful, and strong characters, full of secrets and tragedies, and desperately looking for love: Sophia, Ethan, and Alistair. The thing grew—and grew—so I decided to give writing a chance and published Entwined Fates, TRUST Series #1, in November 2012 (btw, it's free for everyone).
Now that I’m hooked, I can’t free myself. In fact, I don’t want to be freed.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Books are never going to disappear, but as we have been seeing they are going to evolve along with the technology.
I know that I can't live without books.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Romance
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print, Audiobook
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