Interview with Serena Riley

What are you working on next?
The next piece of writing that I will be working on is a book/novel of poetry. The title will more than likely originate from the many muses that inspire me daily. Such as the Autumn leaves or the natural breeze of the Earth. These many overlooked aspects of life are honestly the most important pieces of truly living.
Who are your favorite authors?
Being eighteen and still having the mindset of a teenager but being fully aware of my capabilities as a young adult, my favorite authors consist of Stephenie Meyer, E.L. James and Ellen Hopkins.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
There are many days that it seems as though the sun is not shining and the Earth is not aligned correctly. As a writer and now a published author, my ambitions are simple. These goals include beating down any negativity or forms of unhappiness that may come up on a day to day basis. There are a multitude of activities and interests that keep me preoccupied as it is. I enjoy writing for one, dancing, baking and anything that really stimulates my brain development.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
In my free time when I am not writing, I am researching ways to encourage brain growth and the overall well being of the mind. As somebody who was raised Catholic, the majority of my spiritual beliefs have helped me to maintain my strength during tough situations, even ones that seem unsolvable.
What is your writing process?
As mentioned in a previous question, my writing takes me to places that seem impossible. Though writing a book was not the easiest task I've ever finished in my life, it was a process of determination. There were sleepless nights, days I would run on nothing but coffee and apples along with weeks where I would not write at all. It a self-motivational process in which you are the sole proprietor of your own success.
How do you approach cover design?
In order to actually imagine a cover design, the title of a book has to already be set up. It takes a great amount of wordplay and muse to come up with a title as well. My title came first and then I began playing around with cover designs.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Twilight is an all time favorite, the overall plot of the supernatural meeting the human world is an intriguing way to draw readers in. Fifty Shades of Grey was a collection I had bought and only casually read into but the series does catch my interest repeatedly. Any of Ellen Hopkin's Crank series has always managed to capture my attention with its descriptive word choice and way of persuading readers into the main character's(there are more than one) point of view.
What do you read for pleasure?
During my leisure time, I read young adult fiction and many pieces of literature. The majority of books that I read and/or buy are ones that I have already read or have caught my eye the minute I see them. It takes a lot to keep my interest but I am one for fiction, literature, arts and many books such as Fifty Shades of Grey. Description plays a huge role in my choice of books, keeping my gaze is the harder task.
Published 2017-06-20.
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Books by This Author

Dragonflies in Winter
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,560. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Literary
Dragonflies in Winter, a book composed of everyday notes and adolescent upbringing. The hidden obscurities of life lessons and the transition of a girl into a God driven woman.