Name? Serena Tatti
Where are you? Tullamarine, Victoria
How many years have you been a member of RWAustralia? I've been a member of Romance Writers of Australia for 13 years and it was RWAus that led me to the Melbourne Romance Writers Guild.
What genre do you write? Currently, I'm targetting Mills & Boon Sexy Sensation.
Who are your favourite authors? I mostly read category romance but, oooooh, where to begin! Maxine Sullivan, Fiona Lowe, Robyn Grady, Nicola Marsh.
What inspired you to write romance? I've always had a romantic streak and I believe in love. It seemed like a natural progression to write about it. If I could, I'd write legal thrillers like John Grisham, or fiction based on science fact - like Allan Eckert's The Hab Theory (one of my all-time favourite books!) - but I find writing stories with yummy heroes, sympathetic heroines, emotional turmoil and happy-ever-after endings very satisfying.
Who's your dream publisher? It would have to be Mills & Boon/Harlequin. I've been reading most of their lines for, ahem, over thirty years.
What's the best thing about going to conference? Truthfully, I love catching up with friends and writers I've *met* online through the loops like ROMAUS. I also love doing the workshops - and no matter how much you know (or think you know) you can always learn something new. Nothing beats a lightbulb moment in a workshop!
|Serena's vengeful hero|
My greatest strength as a writer is...being able to see what is wrong with a manuscript - but it really only happens with someone else's story :)
My latest WIP (work in progress) is about...a heroine whose family business is about to go under. Enter the hero to save the day, but his intentions aren't at all honorable. He's there for revenge.
When I write I like to...immerse myself in the story. I concetrate so completely that outside noises don't permeate and if you want me to reply to something, you really need to grab my attention first.
My best writing milestone to date is...having my manuscript held over for publication for the following year by Premium Press America...unfortunately they closed the romance line before my book was published :-( But on a positive note, they loved my book!
Serena, thanks for answering my questions! If anyone would like to know more about the Melbourne Romance Writers' Guild you can check out their website or their Facebook page.