Judy Serrano Bio
I am a part time substitute teacher and a full time wife and mother. I have four children, (all boys) five dogs and have been happily married for 15 years. Although I am originally from upstate New York, my family and I have been living in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area for a little more than seven years. I just graduated from Texas A&M University, Commerce in May of 2010 with a BA in English. I make sure I always have my flash drive on me, so when opportunity strikes, I can steal a moment alone with my series.
Since I have begun my writing career, I have had some exciting things happening. I was interviewed by Cathy B. Stucker, which can be viewed here and I have been reviewed by Patricia Folts of Way2Kool Designs, which can be viewed here.
I am a member of The Writer’s Guild of Texas and The Writer’s Market. I have done book signings at Hastings Entertainment, the Quinlan Library and will be doing signings at Barnes and Noble and Half Price books in the next few weeks. I did a reading at the Dallas Library and a signing at the Library’s bookstore, BookEnds. For more information please check out my website at http://www.EastersLilly.com.
My first novel, Easter’s Lilly, is a story about a young innocent girl who gets herself mixed up inadvertently with the Mexican Mafia. She gets pregnant by a low ranking drug dealer who abandons her and finds herself married to the king pin of the Montiago organization. Easter Sunday is the day her life begins to spiral out of control.
Lilly tells the story of her life -- and the lives of her children -- with childlike innocence, yet she's desperate for security and companionship. The hint of forbidden love and betrayal that ultimately puts brother against brother adds to the suspense and intrigue. The syndicate engulfs the Montiago family as they turn each other inside out over the love of a woman. Easter's Lilly is an inspired journey from the idyllic to the darker side of self-discovery. Read as the over-privileged brothers embark on their journey that twists and turns down the road of unbridled passion in the first book of the series.
Welcome Judy Serrano to Romance Author Buzz. Is there a back-story to Easter's Lilly?
As the book progresses you will see how Lilly eventually ends up belonging to Easter.
How long have you been writing and what was your call story?
I have been writing since I was a little girl. I actually wrote novels for fun as a child. My first novel was released in December of last year and I am looking forward to releasing the second book of the series soon.
When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?
I have always been a writer in some capacity, although nothing professional until now. I have written songs and poetry all my life. When I went back to college, I realized that this is something I wanted to do. I have been obsessed ever since.
Do you plot your stories or let your characters lead you?
Although many great authors write outlines first, I tend to let the characters take me on their own adventures. I plug in my flash drive, read the last chapter that I wrote and continue the story. I often dream of story lines as I sleep and wake up feverishly writing notes.
Of all of your characters, do you have a favorite you identify with and why?
My favorite character is our protagonist, Lilly Montigao. She expresses such raw vulnerability that I can’t help but feel what she’s feeling when she’s feeling it.
What are you currently working on?
Currently I am working on two things. I am finishing book four of the series and simultaneously writing a young adult spin off featuring one of Lilly’s children.
What is the best thing about your job as an author? What is the hardest thing?
The best thing about my job as an author is that I love what I do. I write whenever I have spare time and can’t imagine doing anything else. The hardest thing is finding the time to write as much as I want to write. But it will come.
If Oprah invited you onto her show to talk about your book, what would the theme of the show be?
Page-turners! My most frequent comment in my reviews on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and even from my readers is that they could not put the book down until they had finished the novel. What a joy that is to hear.
Describe a day in the life of Judy Serrano
I get up in the morning and turn on my Mac. I check my social networking connections and my web page before I get started. I plug in my flash drive and write notes on whatever new ideas I woke up with that morning. Then I read the last chapter I have written from the day before and Lilly takes me on her inspiring journeys.
What is something you definitely want readers to know about you?
How important I think dreams are to follow. If there is something in your life that you want, don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. What are dreams for if not to realize them.
When the time comes for you to retire from writing, what would you like your readers to remember the most about you and your writing?
I don’t ever want to retire from writing. But I would like to be known as a writer whose books take you on a memorable journey, as the reader is incapable of putting the book down.
Who is your favorite author?
Nora Roberts. I love the strong male characters and the romance involved in the passion.
Before I let you go is there anything I forgot to ask that you want the readers and fans to know?
I hope that the joy I feel when I write brings joy to others when they read. My goal is to reach not just readers but non-readers as well. I hope I can make reading fun for everyone.
Judy Serrano, thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview with me!
Will give a free, signing copy to the person who writes the best essay on what makes a book a page turner for you. Tell me what components you think are necessary for you to be unable to put the book down.
Please post your entries on the blog at Easter's Lilly.com. Winners will be announced on the web site and on twitter May 16th, 2011, This contest is International