Our guest today is Judy Serrano, author of the paranormal romance, Linked. Judy holds a Master of Arts in English from Texas A&M University, Commerce. She is the owner of Make Cents Editing Service, and was an adjunct professor at a local college. Currently she teaches high school English and is a freelance writer for certain on-line publications. Judy also writes romantic suspense and paranormal romance novels. She is the author of The Easter’s Lilly Series, The Linked Series, and Ivy Vines, Visions.
Although originally form New York, Judy resides in Texas with her husband, four boys, four dogs and now two cats. She sings and plays guitar when she has time and enjoys singing with her very musical family in church when she is able.
Linked centers on Daphne Foster who is a substitute teacher stuck in an English class, waiting for that dreaded parent-teacher conference. With much preparation and anxiety, she encounters the unforgettable Charlie Cross. His charm and good looks, win her over but rumors of his involvement with organized crime make his continued disappearances disturbing.
In walks Heathcliff Vanderpool, creating a love triangle of unusual sorts. Unknown to Daphne, Heathcliff and Charlie are old friends: Older than she could have imagined. With Charlie away on business, Daphne and Heathcliff discover a passion between them lying beneath the surface. As their souls link, pulling away from Charlie becomes next to impossible. Will his involvement in organized crime consume them both before she’s able to get free? When you become “linked,” the choice may not be your own.
Dorothy Thompson: Can you tell us about your publishing experience?
Judy Serrano: When I first started writing, I had all kinds of characters in my head just begging to be heard. Needless to say, this inspired me to write. I wrote three books in six months. This was my Easter’s Lilly Series. As I was finishing my undergraduate work, one of my teachers convinced me to publish. I sent out many queries before I got my first acceptance letter. My featured book, Linked, is now published by 6K Publishing. Don’t tell anyone, but I have kind of an “in” with the publisher. (He’s my husband.)
D.T.: What can you tell aspiring authors on their quest to be published? Any advice?
J.S.: For starters, I would like to say that if you don’t love your subject matter, no one else will either. There must be a passion, a fire, a deep seeded love for your craft, or no one will care about your work. Don’t write for the market, because markets change. And finally, make sure your book has a clear genre. If it will be hard to sell, publishers are wary about taking it. Genre is apparently very important is selling novels today.
D.T.: Where can we find you on the web?
J.S.: Everything you need to know about me can be found at my website, Facebook, Goodreads or Twitter..