Serena Akeroyd: Author Spotlight [Giveaway!]

I have had the privilege to interview another amazing author. This woman is a writing wizard. Everything she writes is seriously amazing. I love it all. You can see my reviews of some of her work below. Her name is Serena Akeroyd and she writes some super steamy books that don’t fade to black (who wants that?!). She has amazing story-building skills and creates characters that you just can’t help but fall in love with. ❀

GIVEAWAY AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST!

See my review for The Kingdom of Veronia trilogy here!

See my review for the Charmed By Them (Quintessence series) here!

See my review for Screw You & Screw Me (Five Points series) here!

Tell me more about yourself. Likes, dislikes, quirks, etc.

I’m such a boring person, Julia. Seriously. It’s depressing, lol. My life is literally revolved around my writing and my books. Oh, and don’t forget my dog! 😍 His name is Trev, and he’s got more attitude than a Kardashian. πŸ˜‰

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

When I was about 18, I first picked up a Harlequin book from a library. I devoured about ten of them in a week and thought, holy crap, I need to write like this. It seriously went from there, and I devoured everything and anything Harlequin. I have about 2000 books in my backroom, πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ, and from there, it went to erotica, and then menage! My first ever menage was a Maya Banks novel. πŸ˜‹ When I read that, wow, it was like a hurricane to my brain. I knew I wanted to write poly because I connected with it so hardddd.

Do you have a pen name? If so, what made you decide to do that?Β 

I used one because I thought all the best authors used them! πŸ˜‚ Talk about bowing to peer pressure. Well, of the self-imposed variety.

How long does it take you to write a book?

It can take me anything from three days to a month, story depending. A Quintessence book can take about a week. The story is developed to the point where I have a lot going on. At the moment, I’m struggling with one of the stories as I’m trying to fight where it’s going. I average about ten thousand words a day.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

My schedule is impossible to schedule. πŸ˜‹ I sleep mostly through the day and am awake at night. I could be writing at 5am and 5pm, then sleep for fourteen hours to start again. Sleep is one of my biggest issues. I have a crappy sleep routine.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

That my characters drive me to the point where I go completely off script. I’m scheduled to write a few books in the upcoming months, and yet, I’m writing none of them at the minute. πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ A story popped into my head and I have no choice but to follow its lead!

How hard was it to get your books published?

I actually had a few publishers interested in my earlier books, but then I went the self-publishing route which is sooo much easier.

Where do you get the ideas for your books?Β 

From anywhere and everywhere. I tend to find my story roots in a question. Like why did someone do this? Why wouldn’t they? Etc. It’s pretty random. My story concepts can stir from a single line and boom. There’s a book. My brain is nuts.

How much research do you put into yourΒ writing?

A shit ton! OMG, so much. It depends on the story, though. Dare You To Love Me required a ton because I’m British so never went to American High School. I had to learn everything and it went through so many editors to make sure it was authentic. Then Hotter than Hades was packed with Greek mythology. I had so much to learn but I love research!

When did you write your first book and how old were you?

My first one, I was around 21.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Very little. πŸ˜‚ I’m reading or watching TV, walking my dog or trying to persuade myself to do yoga. I told you already-I’m super boring. πŸ˜‚

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

That people connect with my work. It’s a dream come true to know that people like my stories. That people follow my series for more. It’s a revelation.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

I think I’m coming up toward fifty. My favorite? Impossible to say. πŸ˜‰

Do you have any suggestions to help someone become a better writer? If so, what are they?

Read. Just read. Seriously. Read more. Then some more. Get a KU subscription, see what’s popular, and go where the market leads you but ALWAYS stick to your guns and your own voice. Write your story the way you want, and hold fast. β™₯

Who is your author idol?

Linda Howard. I love her early books. Someone compared me to her the other day and I about sobbed.
Linda Howard. I love her early books. Someone compared me to her the other day and I about sobbed.Β 

Which book/series was the most fun to write?

Five Points was one of the funniest series because I was totally enthralled with the characters. Finn in Screw You and Screw Me had me enraptured from the start. That’s always a good sign. I wrote that duet in two weeks. I’ve never written anything so quickly in my life.

Which book/series was the hardest to write?

I’d say The TriAlpha Chronicles because it was long, in-depth, and so convoluted plot-wise for me that it was like weaving a tapestry. I loved it though but it was difficult because each book was super long and I had to get each one ready every month for half a year!

What kinds of books do you like to read?! What books are on your TBR?

I’m currently in an MC and Mafia phase. I’m addicted to the mobsters. πŸ˜‚ I just devoured a crap ton of Hayley Faiman books.

I am way past fangirling! Serena is freaking amazing. She is a writing machine. Somehow she is able to put books out at such a fast pace and they are freaking amazing. She is such a kind soul and super interactive with her readers. If you aren’t swooned by her yet you are crazy!

Find Serena’s work here!

Enter a giveaway here to win one of Serena Akeroyd’s books!

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