Friday, June 7, 2013

Trust : A New Beginning by Cristiane Serruya‏

I live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with my husband and two daughters. I'm a lawyer, who specializes in cases of sexual abuse and violence against children and women. I also have a Masters in Business Law and a BA in Fine Arts. 
I've always loved to read, write and listen to music. I lived and studied in England, France, Italy and Switzerland. Traveling is one of my passions - as is keeping fit and healthy. 
After twenty-two years of practicing law, I decided to give writing a go. And - amazingly - it was just the piece that was missing in my life.
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They are beautiful. They are rich. They are strong willed and successful. They have everything, but love. And each one of them has a dark secret looming in their past.

Sophia is a 25 year old Brazilian widow. Intelligent and ravishing, she flees from her own country after a tragic incident. Hiding from everyone and everything, she remains alone, torn between the love for a dead man, the torment of living without part of her memory and the fear of moving on. 

Ethan is one of the most important tycoons in the steel industry. As the memory of an awful evening in his adolescence haunts him night and day, he keeps looking for an elusive woman whom he could love - and who would love him - as he never has in all his 35 years... Until he finds Sophia. 

Alistair is a 34 year old powerful banker, searching for one–night stands with women who will warm his bed. And that he can punish physically to abate his anger for his late wife's black deeds and his own guilt for being such a debauched man for so many years. Any woman will do, and he has many to choose from, as they all fall instantly for his manly, devilish charming ways.

In Europe, in the months after October 2009, their paths will cross and clash. Who will win the prize of love?

Q) What inspired you to write this story?

I have always written. Small poems, short stories, kids’ stories. In April 2009, when I was very sick at home - and extremelly borde, baceles I cpulddn’t even read or. watch TV, so bad was my headache. So, I decided to tell myself a story. The sede was planted, but it took me more than a year to gather the courage to put some ideas on paper. Then I discovered that I could speak of things that enchanted me and inequities that aggravated me in a much more creative and lighter way than my work as a lawyer.

Real life is what inspires me to write. Look around you, listen to your family’s stories, your neighbors’ daily lives, read the newspapers. There are so many stories waiting to be told and not enough time to write about them.

So, I wanted to tell an exciting story about people that are ridiculously wealthy and beautiful but, like anyone, are empty without love. Money helps, but it can’t buy you love.

Trust is an erotic trilogy, so I couldn’t leave out a couple of handsome hunks and a sexy woman. And, of course, hot sex scenes. This is what we all want: Lust and love and a better world.

I wanted to tell an exciting story about people that are ridiculously wealthy and beautiful but, like anyone, are empty without love. Money helps, but it can’t buy you love.

Trust is an erotic trilogy, so I couldn’t leave out a couple of handsome hunks and a sexy woman. And, of course, hot sex scenes. This is what we want: Friendship, love and someone to grown old with, when it comes mixed with lust, even better.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
TRUST was not supposed to be a trilogy. But it started growing and growing and then I saw that I had a beautiful monster in my hands. The whole conception took about six months to be done.

But then, I had to reshape it all over again. I split the book in 3 parts and rewrote and bettered many scenes and add a few more. In the whole, it took me eight months writing and editing TRUST: A NEW BEGINNING. Six months for Betrayed and I guess it will take me at least six months for Pandora’s Box too.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
I love the writing process. Creating the characters and imagining their interactions. Planning the settings, the clothes, the talks, the drama, the craziness, those were funny things.

It’s absolutely marvelous to have the possibility to create a world which you control what is going to happen. I can make people fall in love - or kill one another - with just a few clicks on keyboard. I have a good laugh imagining how my friends and family would fit into my characters. I can recreate real situations where I can put my opinions and transmit my ideas through a character.

It’s… mind-blowing.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
I‘m still struggling with the publishing and marketing part. And, of course, exhaustively reviewing your manuscript and polishing and chasing the naughty typos will be there if you don’t polish your manuscript over and over again.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Hmmm. I’m very happy with myself. I don’t want to be anyone else, just a little richer and a little thinner. And, specially, I want to make help people in difficulties.

If I had to choose: Diana, Princess of Wales. I have no words to qualify the superb qualities and kindness of Her Royal Highness. She was elegant, she did charity work, she distribute love and happiness to where she went. She was unique!

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
My husband. Oops! Just kidding! He is only four years old than me and a dear. Well, I usually eat very fresh vegetables and fruits.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
Well, the sequel of A New Beginning, TRUST: Betrayed is out. New characters are going to appear and I will reveal many important events from the three principal characters' past.Their lives are going to be turned upside down and then again inside out. In autumn 2013, the readers will be able to read the conclusion of the Trust trilogy, Pandora’s Box.

After that, I intend to write about the love stories of Sophia’s siblings. I have already started Carolina's story, but Felipe has been asking to go first, since he is the older brother. But Carolina really needs to tell her story. Her story will rock’n’roll Hollywood, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Paris and London. Fashion designers and film directors will fight over her.

Stay tuned to find out!

I’d like to thank you for this interview and for helping me promote my book. I love to hear from readers… Hearing from readers is very important to me. It always helps me to do a better job and I enjoy very much trade opinions. So, I want to invite everybody who that wants to drop me message on my website http://cristianeserruya.com.br .

Cristiane Serruya lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with her husband and two teenage daughters. She majored in Fine Arts and Law, and has a Masters in Business Law. She is also specialized in cases of sexual abuse and violence against children and women. She worked as a full-time lawyer from 1991 to 2010.

She is widely traveled, having lived and studied in Brazil, England, France, Italy and Switzerland.

After twenty-two years of practicing law, Cristiane decided to give writing a go. And - amazingly - it was just the piece that was missing in her life.

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1 comment:

Cristiane Serruya said...

Hello Pembroke,
Thanks for the wonderful opportunity to expose my ideas on your amazing site. The interview was very interesting and I loved answering your answers.
f any of your readers would you like more explanations I'm available at my website: http://cristianeserruya.com.br.
I hope you have time to read and review the first instalment of The TRUST trilogy.
Also, thanks for spotlighting my book and myself.
You are a dear.
A warm hug.