Welcome Cristiane Serruya
Hello, Rachelle. Thanks for hosting me at your lovely blog. It’s such a honor being interview by you!
I live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with my husband, two teenage daughters, and Loki, my Shetland sheepdog. I’ve graduated at Law School, with a Master’s in Business Law, and I also have a BA in Fine Arts, all from PUC-RJ. In 2011, after twenty-two years of practicing law, I decided to give writing a go. And—amazingly!—it was just the piece that was missing from the puzzle of my life. Now that I’m hooked, I can’t free myself—and don’t want to be freed. Despite my mother language being Portuguese, I write in English—don’t ask me why—and I am planning on translating my books to Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, and French. If not typing away stories, I am reading my favorite authors and pampering my family. Meeting interesting people—in person or on line—gives me the inspiration for my characters. Also, there’s a little bit of me in them as well—including the bad ones.
The Diaries Series, from which FROM THE BARONESS’S DIARY: The erotic escapades of Baron Beardley’s wife is the first installment, started with a single diary entry I wrote and was supposed to be a bonus scene for the print version of my contemporary romance Love Painted in Red, where Laetitia Galen, a painter, used the late Baroness’s diaries to develop a series of erotic paintings.
It’s a 20th century romantic erotica and it will be released on September 13th, 2016.
At the tender age of 18, Lady Chloé de La Fleur is married off to 40 year-old Baron Beardley, a wealthy English peer, and taken away from the whirlwind of Paris and London societies to live in a forsaken manor way out of Warwickshire.
Young, beautiful, and voluptuous, the Baroness finds that in Beardley Manor innocent flirtations can become erotic sex escapades.
And soon Lady Chloe’s diary pages are filled with her adventures!
What are three things we’d find if we looked under your heroine’s bed? How about the hero’s?
Lady Chloé is a very curious and romantic young woman. Under her bed—or rather between its mattresses—you would find her secret diaries, naughty romances, and dried scented roses. On the other hand, Baron Joseph Beardley, Lady Chloé’s husband, is a mysterious and secretive man. I haven’t had the chance of entering his rooms yet as they are always locked. But as soon as I creep inside it, I will let you know what he is hiding there.
What is the theme of this book?
Quite different from my usual style of lengthy contemporary romances with HEA, much more overtly erotic, not in the graphic descriptions, but in its approach, and especially because I had not tried the first person point of view style before—it feels so much more intimate—I must confess I was afraid to unwrap her world, but I did my best to transcribe into words all the passionate tales Chloé—and Joseph—whispered in my ears.
Why do you write this genre? What inspired this story?
It was not really a choice of choosing a genre. Lady Chloé and Baron Beardley showed up at my doorstep and entered without knocking or asking permission. And they stalked me as I wrote Love Painted in Red and wouldn’t leave me alone until I brought them to life.
I also realized I would be doing a disservice to my readers if I ignored Lady Chloé’s interesting personality and life, because hidden under the salacious stories I would be writing, there is also a modern and real tale to be told.
Do you write any other genres?
I only write fiction, but in multiple genres: adult contemporary romance, short erotic stories, philosophical essays, and kid’s stories.
Any tips to share with fellow authors/aspiring authors? What’s the best advice you’ve ever heard?
Many, but I will stick with the one I find most important. *Smile*
Get a lot of beta readers. You can find them on Goodreads groups. Distribute an ARC to a few as soon as you think your manuscript is ready, with a list of questions concerning your characters, plot, etc. Listen attentively to what they have to say. Perhaps you have not tied a plot knot or have rushed your end. Avid readers (and good reviewrs) make the best betas, so before accepting them, take a look at their Goodreads profile. Leave a few other betas for the last step, preferably the ones who are good with typos and grammar. And get a professional proofreader who did not edited your book. As your editor already knows your story, it’ll be more difficult for her/him to catch a typo.
Now, the best advice an American editor told me: “Write about what you like most. Don’t follow any treading genre or list, not even the New York Times’s. Your passion will show through your writing and you might be the next best seller!”
The diary pages which you are about to read—and those of a few other volumes which are due to be published soon—fell into the hands of X, who was an employee at Beardley Manor.
This candid record of a young woman’s love-life, Lady Chloé’s memoirs illuminate far beyond the usual run of erotic literature. These diary pages reveal how a young woman, even secluded in a lost manor in the middle of nowhere by a much older and autocratic husband, discovered pleasures she never would have thought could be wrought from her body and soul. It is a woman’s search for answers to the world’s most questioned topic, the riddle that plagues the universe: the pleasures of sex.
Last year, while visiting a world-renown art gallery in London I met with X and she told me she had done the paintings for The Baroness’s Series using Lady Chloé’s tales, and gifted me the salvaged diaries with the condition that I translate and publish them.
With great attention, I perused page after page—I must confess I couldn’t put them down until I read the last one! I knew I had an extraordinary tale of lust and love in my hands.
Lady Chloé de la Fleur Beardley, no doubt, never dreamed that her memories would someday be put before others’ eyes, but X and this author are completely sure she would be very happy to have you reading about her adventures—and misadventures.
So know, readers, that all this author had to do was to select the diary’s entries, translate them into English, and, voilá, with a bit of adaptation, bring Lady Chloé’s confessions to your hands. I do that with no guilty conscience as Baron Beardley passed away a month ago with no direct heirs, but a pompous nephew who is serving time in jail now because of…well, that is a whole other story.
Welcome to Lady Chloé’s world!
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