Interview with Judy Serrano and Easter's Lilly Giveaway

Friday, February 10, 2012

Hello everyone,

Thank you for stopping by my blog! On the agenda today, I have Judy Serrano, the author of Easter's Lilly doing an author appearance as part of her blog tour.

Before we proceed to the interview, here's the blurb for Easter's Lilly:

Published December 16th 2010
 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.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 this first book of the series. ---From Goodreads 






Hello Judy, thank you for organizing this amazing blog tour! Before we start, can you tell us a bit of your writer's background?

Hi Natasha. Thank you so much for having me as a guest on your blog. I have always loved to write. My mother found a book I wrote when I was 10 years old that was titled, “I am an author.” We all got a kick out of that. I also write songs and have written lots of poetry.


What inspired you to write Easter's Lilly? 

I started out with the intentions of writing a novel about my marriage. We’ve been married for quite a while and have certainly had our share of struggles. I was hoping to share some of the tricks to simply staying married. Somewhere along the way, Lilly was born and her series grew rapidly right before my eyes.

Which character do you like to write best in the story and why?

I must admit that I am very fond of Hector. He’s quirky, silly, handsome and dangerous all at the same time. His character twists and turns on so many levels that he is consistently leaving the reader (and me) waiting with bated breath for his next move. My husband, on the other hand… not so fond of Hector. (Smile)

 Do you have a favorite scene from the book?

I think this follows suite with who my favorite character is. I really enjoyed the scene where Hector comforts Lilly after Max has been taken away from her. Smolderingly steamy, yet innocent and soothing.  Only Hector could pull that off and still come out looking like the good guy.


What was the most extreme thing you have done when writing this book? 

Lilly is not your typical heroine. She isn’t Wonder Woman, by any means. She is very real and identifiably vulnerable. Most books have very strong and fearless female leads. Personally, I do not love books where the woman is unnaturally courageous. I just wanted Lilly to be a normal young woman.


Did you do a research on mobsters and drug dealings?

I did a small amount of research on the book. Just enough to make it believable but not so much that it lost its fantasy appeal.


If you have a choice, which character would you want to be?

Lilly, most certainly, Lilly. Who wouldn’t want gorgeous men fussing over her all the time? Admittedly, I wouldn’t want the problems that she was forced to endure but handsome men, diamonds, limousines… I don’t know, it sounds like an exciting ride.

How about a shout out to your readers telling them what should they expect from Easter's Lilly?

There are many books to come in this series. Brother Number Three is book two and Relatively Close, which will be officially released on February 9th is book three. Book four is called Memoirs of a Mobster and is told from the point of view of a grown-up Diego Jr. It is very different from the other books and I think even more of a thriller. I also have a young adult spin-off of the series called The Lost Years. It will also be told by Junior Montiago but as a teenager.



She's such an awesome person eh? And for another good part, Judy has also agreed to give out a free e-book copy of Easter's Lilly to one lucky reader!

Rules 


The Giveaway is international.
Submissions will be closed on 17th February 2012. 
The winner will be announced on the 18th of February. 
The winner will be contacted through email and have 3 days to respond or else his/her entry will be forfeited.




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