Today we welcome Cristiane Serruya to Romance Novels in Color. We’re a stop on her virtual book tour to promote Betrayed (book 2 of the Trust series).
It´s important for a writer finding characteristics that would build a perfect character. For me, these characteristics are: strength, courage and not being perfect. And those I can show you in TRUST trilogy.
Sophia is my heroine. I only like strong heroines. And when I mean strong , I don’t mean she has to be a bitch or be kicking asses – Ops! I cursed. A strong heroine can be frail and has needs that will be completed by her partner – of course, because we are talking about a love story. Sophia stands her ground, is intelligent, strong-willed, determined and demands respect. She has suffered a lot. Lost her husband in a very tragic way and had to flee from her own country – she is Brazilian – trying to forget some terrible thing she has done. Oh, yeah! Sophia has imperfections. Many. She gets angry, she is anguished, stubborn, so on and so forth.
Imagine a very boring person: A perfect wife and a very good mother, an incredibly intelligent lawyer, a sexy and beautiful woman who doesn’t care about being astonishingly beautiful. And on top of it, she does charity and pro bono. This is not Sophia! I could not relate to Sophia if she was just this. I like characters that have imperfections, it shows that they’re human.
My other leading character, Alistair, is not perfect as well. He has a kind and gentle family that taught him a lot. He’s also very intelligent, but having intelligence doesn’t mean that his heart is protected. Alistair has a very high-sex drive and he has tangled in his late wife’s web that only wanted his status, wealthy and stamina. She was a gorgeous woman, selfish and manipulative. She introduced him to rough BDSM and when he established some rules, she rebelled and in the end killed her daughter and herself in a tragic accident. She transformed his gentle and caring soul in an angered and tortured, who believes he doesn’t deserve to be loved and lives to punish every woman that wants him. Until he finds Sophia, that will teach him, with her strength, that no matter how we suffer, we may never lose hope in love. He is an alpha-male but not a stalker or an abuser, and he is learning to understand the limits of his actual and strong partner.
What about Ethan? He is my other male leading character. He is handsome, tall, intelligent and charming. But is he like so many deranged and troubled people who infest our world today. He’s the fruit of terrible parents, who, one way or another, profoundly hurt their offspring because they are selfish, criminally negligent or perverted. Will he be able to conquer Sophia’s heart again?
I do believe in John Locke’s principle that people are born tabula rasa. Children need care and education. They need limits and love, so they can learn to live in society with all their imperfections and qualities. It’s incredible seeing that a hero/heroine has not to be an impeccable person. On the contrary. They have to have their issues that can be solved through loving and understanding. That’s where we can find the special book’s message. What can we learn from perfect people? There is no perfection in the world…
What about you? What makes a hero/heroine great, in your opinion? And don’t tell me you have no idea, because you are not only a reader. We all have an inch of a writer in ourselves.
About the book
Alistair and Sophia have found each other. Their hearts are opening to love again and they are set to have their ‘happily ever after’. Or so it seems.
BETRAYED, the second installment of the Trust series, journeys back into the past to reveal their secrets and dark deeds.
Sophia, the ravishing owner of Leibowitz Oil, is determined to have a relationship with Alistair, but a dark and terrible secret lurks beneath the surface she presents to the world. Will she be able to find peace within herself?
Alistair, a powerful banker, is in love with Sophia but has difficulties overcoming his guilt over his daughter’s death and his BDSM proclivities. Certain that he doesn’t deserve to be loved, he will do everything to push Sophia away, despite his love for her. Will he be able to find redemption?
Ethan, a steel tycoon, no less haunted by his secrets and lies, is still in love with Sophia after their short lived relationship. He now lives in an alternate reality he has created, because the loss of Sophia is too unbearable to face. He will pay any price to have her. Will he have her back in his arms or will he overcome his loss and move on?
Sophia, Ethan and Alistair will need to overcome their guilt, fear and pain and learn to see themselves through forgiving eyes.
Or will they succumb to their misery?
Atwood House; Sunday, March 21st, 2010; 6:55 pm
“Okay, little girl,” Sophia clapped her hands at Gabriela who was comfortably seated on Alistair’s lap. “Time for bed. Now.”
“Don’t you but me. It’s seven o’clock. Time for you to go to bed.”
Gabriela pouted at her mother and then turned her head, looking at Alistair for help. He just smiled at her and motioned his head to Sophia.
“Five minutes more, Mama, pleeeease.”
Sophia looked at her watch and sighed, “Okay. But only five.”
Gabriela beamed at her mother, “Thank you, Mama.” She turned to Alistair and asked, “Tell me another story, please?”
“A short one,” he said as Sophia sat on the sofa beside them and put Gabriela’s bare feet over her lap.
Alistair smiled at Sophia, as he started the story, “Once upon a time, there was a prince. He was very tall, handsome and rich. But he didn’t have a princess-”
“What was his name?”
“Ronnoc Riatsila,” he promptly said and winked at Sophia.
“Ugh! What an ugly name.” Gabriela puckered her turned-up nose. “Are you sure he was a prince?”
“Aye. I’m sure,” he smiled, delighted. “So. The prince was very much alone in his big,
big castle. One day, he decided to hold a contest to find his bride. All the women in his kingdom would have to go.”
“Only the beautiful ones,” Gabriela said. “Princes can’t marry ugly princesses.”
“Very well. Only the beautiful ones.” His grin broadened as he put an arm over Sophia’s shoulder and pulled her closer.
She sighed happily and nestled herself on his side, listening to the story of the prince called Ronnoc Riatsila, thinking that she wanted his princess to be called Aihpos.
Where to find Cristiane online:
Facebook fan pge: https://www.facebook.com/cristianeserruyauthor
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Facebook personal page: https://www.facebook.com/cristiane.serruya
Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00A85DHT8
About the author
I live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with my husband and two daughters. I’m a lawyer, who specializes in cases of sexual abuse and violence against children and women. I also have a Masters in Business Law and a BA in Fine Arts. I’ve always loved to read, write and listen to music. I lived and studied in England, France, Italy and Switzerland. Traveling is one of my passions – as is keeping fit and healthy. After twenty-two years of practicing law, I decided to give writing a go. And – amazingly – it was just the piece that was missing in my life.