|Author Sherelle Green|
Her first novel, A Tempting Proposal was released in 2013. Now, she's back with the second book in her Elite Event series.
Romance series are all the rage. How do you plan out each book in your series?
I always like to start with a concise idea of what my series will be about and the overall message I want to send to readers. I love writing connecting stories, so I tend to write an outline that details the first or second book and then I let the rest fall into place. It still amazes me when I think I’m finished with an idea and it branches out into something else entirely. I love the way that writing opens doors and sometimes, my characters speak to me and demand that I write their story. I don’t limit myself in a series or story idea because I never know what great things may be lurking within my storyline.
Tell the readers about Red Velvet Kisses and the
Elite Event series.
The Elite Event series is centralized around four female Chicago event planners who are each strong-willed, independent and fierce in their own unique way. I enjoyed writing A Tempting Proposal and If Only for Tonight, but Red Velvet Kisses was one of my favorite books to write in the series. Lexus Turner is sweet, shy, always follows the rules and at times, socially awkward…especially when it comes to sexy men like Micah Madden.
After her first marriage ended in a bitter divorce, Lex is finally living life on her own terms. But her self-confidence took a hard blow so she’s convinced that her ideal man would be someone simple, reserved and completely opposite of her ex. But in walks the bad boy security expert with a street edge who refuses to be ignored. So he concocts a plan that she can’t refuse, determined to prove to Lex that she can definitely handle everything a man like him has to offer.
I’ve been told by readers that if they could clone Micah, they would. And as you can imagine, a man like Micah doesn’t get rejected often so he’s working overtime to win Lex’s heart.
What are some series that you read?
Wow, I read so many series that it’s hard to keep track sometimes. Contemporary Romance series will always holds a special place in my heart. Some of the series that I fell in love with that were great influences before I began my writing journey were Francis Ray’s Grayson Family series, Brenda Jackson’s Westmoreland and Madaris series, AC Arthur’s Donovan’s series, Farrah Rochon’s Sabers series, Maureen Smith’s Wolf Pack series, Niobia Bryant’s Strong Family series and so many more. Lately, I haven’t had a chance to read as much as I would like to, so my TBR pile is enormous!
What would you say has changed about your writing from your first book to your latest?
When I wrote my first book, I let the words flow not really paying much attention to pacing, the element of surprise, or the use of repetitive words because I was so excited to finish my first manuscript. Every author has a voice and my voice has definitely become more cohesive and defined since writing A Tempting Proposal. Now, I focus more on the flow of my stories and plan out the exact time I want to release certain information to the readers or the characters. I also pay close attention to repetitive words or phrases and I take so many more notes while writing stories now because I like to make sure everything is tied in at the end. In comparison to my latest book, I’m also more daring and bold in my writing and I take chances with my work that I never did before.
What's the best book you've read this year?
I have read so many amazing books this year, but I must say that Beverly Jenkins's Destiny’s Captive is one of the best. I was not much of a historical romance reader until I met Beverly Jenkins at a book event a couple years ago and enjoyed the meeting so much, I decided to look up all her books. After that, I found myself checking out other historical romance authors. I majored in English and I always loved my historical English classes, so I couldn’t believe it took me so long to get hooked on the genre.
How can the readers keep up with you online?
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What's next on the horizon for you?
I just turned in the fourth book in my Elite Events series entitled Beautiful Surrender that releases in May 2015. I’m currently working on the first book in my new series and a holiday novella that are both scheduled to release in the fall of 2015 from Harlequin. I’ve really been inspired by my travels, so I’m also working on my first women’s fiction novel that partially takes place in the Middle East and a variety of romance stories I’m eager to release!