Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Serene McCarthy enjoys reading contemporary women’s fiction and historical romances to get some inspiration for her own writings. A true romantic at heart who’s residing in New York together with her family, she loves to dream up new heart-warming, spicy romance comedies, coupled with some sensual details to tickle and amuse her readers. In her spare time, she loves listening to jazz and piano pieces, other than playing the game of Reversi online. As for her exercise regime, badminton tops her list of favorites.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My Inspiration For Writing The Novel – SWEET REVENGE : A Scandalous Proposal From The Rogue Billionaire
I’ve toyed with the idea of writing a billionaire romance since last year, but I never got around to it. Then, somehow, it hit me that I really wanted to write about a deception charade involving two characters – one boss and one social escort. That, in itself, gave me the impetus to start writing on the plot once I’d settled on the names of the characters and the way they would behave. Hence, the plot just developed in a natural rhythm as I fleshed out the innocent, capable character of Kaitlyn Munroe and the cold, calculated rake of her boss – known as Roy Hearst. Used to getting what he wants without sparing the feelings of others, it is clearly felt in the way he dominates Kaitlyn when he makes her surrender to his advances. It makes you think of him as a complete scoundrel. Hence, to reiterate, the feelings and raw emotions of the characters are developed with much care, and the chemistry between the two characters are quite evident in the way they communicate with each other. What I truly enjoyed most, while writing this story was probably the fun I derived from making the male lead out to be an absolute cad in need of redemption from a woman filled with purity.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I like to jot down whatever notes that come to mind and piece the scattered parts of the story together later because I believe that the first train of thought is always most valuable. The editing can come later.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Revengeful romances written by various authors specializing in historical romance and romantic comedies.
What are you working on now?
I am writing on a second novel, but it is still in the planning stage for now. The storyline might continue from the first novel I have written with a deeper focus on some other new characters.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
No particular best method. I am still experimenting because I do not really have much time to market the novel. However, I do hope that readers will enjoy reading the story because it’s easy to understand and the romance is something the readers can identify with.
I hope to publish this book on other platforms in the next one to two months, to reach a wider base of fans.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Keep on persevering. You may well see the light at the end of the tunnel.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
What are you reading now?
Nonfiction books on writing and publishing as well as some romantic comedies. I used to love reading Barbara Bradford. Danielle Steele and Nicholas Sparks’ novels.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Continuing with a possible sequel to Sweet Revenge, publishing more fiction books and looking after my kids.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Sophie Kinsella’s – The Undomestic Goddess
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