Interview with Cristiane Serruya, author of From the Baroness’s Diary III: The Happily Ever AfterS
11 Sep 2018
What can you tell us about your new release, The Happily Ever AfterS?
The Diary Series started because Laetitia Galen, a painter—and a character in my contemporary romance Unpredictable Love—uses secret diaries to develop a series of paintings. The first book of the Diaries Series is free on all retailers and soon all the books will be bundled into a boxset and free with Kindle Unlimited.
This book, The Happily Ever AfterS is, at its heart a love story. It’s not only about the unusual forms of love and relationships and the prejudices and difficulties that one might find when choosing a different path than what is considered normal. But it’s about love. It’s different from my usual romances since it’s written in the 1st POV present tense, which is much more…hmm…intimate than the 3rd person past tense POV. Plus, Chloé is a bit more ironic and funny than my usual heroines.
I must confess I was afraid to unwrap Chloé’s world, not only because it touches many delicate matters but also because I might approach them infused with my own pre-concepts. It’s not easy to put ourselves in others’ shoes, especially when the shoes are so…unconventional.
While researching, I learned that there are several places in Asia where polyandry, which is a woman married to more than 2 men (or fraternal polyandry, when it’s with a group of brothers all at once) is the norm, not the exception. To my utter surprise, even here in Brazil we have two indigenous tribes which practice polyandry. They’re all remarkable examples of humanity’s diversity and must be celebrated with a huge HEA.
I have just started writing another Reverse Harem romance, because I can’t possibly not tell the story of how things progressed in the Di Luca family with Chloé’s children. I’m incredibly excited about these books!
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
In my experience, there’s not one best advice, but more a collection of small and good advices that sorted through and put together with our own way of thinking definitely makes our lives better. But the best advice I ever received is what my grandfather used to say: “If advices were good, people would sell them. So, take all advices with a grain of salt.”
What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?
What? Five? I need at least 50 for my list. But…okay. * after hours of deep thinking * 1984, by George Orwell; Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka; Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë; Lord of Scoundrels, by Loretta Chase; Kiss of a Demon King, by Kresley Cole; The Darkest Night, by Gena Showalter; all of Nora Roberts, especially—what? Oops, sorry. Told you I needed at least 50.
Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?
It’s funny you ask that because I wrote a scene in Forevermore, where the characters would host a dinner and invite writers. In my case, I would invite a dead author: Franz Kafka. I am totally baffled about his amazing talent. And my first question would be: “Do you want to write a romance with me?” lol
Who is your favorite couple from literature?
Erm…sorry, but I’ll have to turn to my own books to answer that question. Sophia Leibowitz and Alistair MacCraig, from my first romance Shades of Trust. I love that Sophia is beautiful, young, wealthy and yet full of flaws. And Alistair…ah. Billionaire, kinky, alpha, bossy, dedicated to his family, and to top it off: he is a Highlander. He’s my perfect book boyfriend.
BAM. You’re a superhero. What’s your superpower?
Chronokinesis. It means that with my super mind I can manipulate time, travel through time, control the speed of subjects’ movement, slow down foes, and speed myself up. Yay! No more pressing deadlines! And hours and hours to read whatever I want. I would visit the eighteenth-century Highlands, the Parisian 20s, and who knows? I would also pay a visit to the medieval Vikings. Plus, don’t forget: I would be able to reverse my aging process. Or accelerate it on any subject I desire. I can’t imagine a more powerful power!
What scene in The Happily Ever AfterS was your favorite to write?
When Angelo tells the readers why he thinks he’s damaged and when he retells it to Chloé. It was difficult to write because it was so emotional, as if he was telling me as I was writing his words, and I felt the impact of what he was saying.
Do you have anything to add?
I love to hear from readers. They can contact me through my website—and incidentally win a free romance!—leave a comment on my Facebook page, or just stalk me on social media. *waving all the way from an always sunny Rio de Janeiro* Have a great day and happy reading!
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