Judy Serrano – Easter’s Lilly

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

Easter’s Lilly

It was Easter Sunday; the day Lilly’s life went from safe and comfortable to dangerously unfamiliar. Her transformation takes her from a small town girl having an affair with a low ranked gangster in the Montiago crime syndicate, to a woman of grace and fortitude married to the head of the organization.

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.

Tell us something about yourself.

I am originally from New York but I reside in the Dallas area in Texas with my husband, four boys and five dogs. I have been writing poetry, songs and novels since I was a little girl. I also enjoy playing guitar and I like to sing.

What inspired you to write this book?

Writing has always been a hobby of mine. I have a very good marriage and decided to try to write a book about how I met my husband. Somewhere along the line the book took on a life of its own and I began to write the series.

How did you choose the title?

Easter Sunday is the day all the traumatic moments happen in the book. It began to feel like Easter owned Lilly.

What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?

I was going to school full time and I have a family, so finding time to search was my biggest challenge. I worked very hard on my breaks to get it all done.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

I have always wanted to be a writer or a singer. After I got married I decided not to pursue my music career any further and settled down. Since I have always enjoyed writing, it just came naturally. I started writing and before I knew it, I couldn’t stop!

Do you have any writing rituals?

I get up in the morning, log onto my Facebook page, check out how many people have looked at my website and then I open the book that I’m writing and read over the last chapter written. Once I have familiarized myself with where I am in the story, I begin to write.

How do you come up with the names for your characters?

I get a lot of the names from family members. I love my family and it was fun to include them.

If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?

I would probably look at the market a little closer before I wrote the novels. I wrote a romantic suspense in the first person and discovered after the fact that this is a unique format. Although there is something to be said for paving the way for more novels like this, it will no doubt make things a little more difficult for me to “fit in.”

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?

I enjoy romance and romantic suspense. Nora Roberts is my favorite author. I love her story lines and the vacation I take when I sit down with one of her books in my hand. I also enjoyed the Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer. I really like reading stories written in the first person because it makes it a more personal read.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

I have five written but yes, I am putting the finishing touches on book two. It leaves off where Easter’s Lilly ends. I can’t tell you too much about it or I will give the ending of the first book away.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

Write what is in your heart, not what people tell you will sell. If you love what you write, it will flow freely and naturally. I think that writing for the market will ultimately be a mistake, since markets change. Besides, what you do should be your own.

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

I think women will enjoy my book the most. I suggest that they be older than teenagers for obvious reasons but men may not enjoy the romance in the first person while Lilly is telling the story. However, I do have to add, that some men have told me they really enjoyed the story.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

People can learn more about my book at Amazon.com, (Both in paperback and Kindle) and www.barnesandnoble.com.

Easter’s Lilly is also available in Hastings Entertainment, 5101 Wesley Street, Greenville, Texas.

Don’t forget to check out my Facebook pages at

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Easters-Lilly-by-Judy-Serrano/106636956074771 .