Pen Name: Serena Chase
Comments from the author about writing: I began writing almost as soon as I could sound out the words of the stories I wanted to tell, holding my 'books' together with staples and tape. As a preteen, the bulk of my storytelling revolved around creating music, which led me to follow my songwriting dreams to Nashville and Belmont University, where I received my BBA in Music Business in 1995. Marriage to an Iowa boy brought me back home,and a few years later that "tell your story in 3.5 minutes" songwriting dream took a decided turn when I wrote The Ryn and The Remedy, both epic-length fantasy novels.
I learned to read before starting Kindergarten and that love of books has never waned. In fact, it has come in quite handy, earning me a reputation as a trusted influencer in the young adult and inspirational fiction worlds. As a regular contributor to USA Today's Happy Ever After blog, I submit book reviews, author interviews, and occasional features for publication. I have had the privilege of interviewing a diverse collection of authors and celebrities including bestselling authors Veronica Roth (Divergent) and Shannon Hale (Austenland), supermodel Kim Alexis, and actor/director/screenwriter Corbin Bernsen (L.A. Law, Psych.)
I believe authors must read a wide variety of books in order to grow and improve in their craft. I also believe it is integral for authors to seek critique from other publishing professionals as their stories develop. I am blessed to have an amazing, unofficial "team" of author friends and editors in place with whom I trade critique, encouragement, and the swift kicks in the pants necessary to keep our rears in their respective chairs to "just finish this draft!"
I believe that life is story, fiction mirrors truth, and that I have many stories yet to tell. Much like raising a child, crafting a novel is a painful, miraculous, difficult, beautiful, frustrating,and empowering occupation that can be downright traumatic at times, but I cannot imagine myself finding even a fraction of the fulfillment I have discovered as an author in any other line of work. Simply put, I love what I do and I look forward to sharing my journey and my stories with Iowa audiences.
Literary awards received and date received:
- The Ryn (Eyes of E'veria, book 1) and The Remedy (Eyes of E'veria, book 2) both appeared on numerous "Best of 2013" lists in December 2013 and January 2014, including a post by Kathy Altman for USA Today's Happy Ever After blog.
- The Seahorse Legacy (Eyes of E'veria, book 3) appeared on several "Best of 2014" lists.
Book Types: Fiction
Audience Types: Young Adult, Adult
Genre: Romance Fiction, Fantasy, Inspirational
Are you willing to do programs for schools, libraries, or other groups? Yes
If you are willing to do programs, will you charge a fee? I am happy to visit to schools, libraries, and other venues as requested within 100 miles of my hometown of Mediapolis, Iowa at no charge. Beyond that 100 mile radius, I may require compensation for mileage at the current State of Iowa mileage rate. If an overnight stay is required due to a multiday event, I may require $100 per night for accommodations.
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Author's Web site: http://www.serenachase.com
Agent Information: Serena Chase is represented by literary agent Jessica Kirkland of The Blythe Daniel Agency.
County: Des Moines
Books By This Author
- The Seahorse Legacy (Eyes of E'veria, book 3). ebook by Candent Gate LLC, Mediapolis, IA, May 2014.
- The Remedy (Eyes of E'veria, book 2). ebook by Candent Gate LLC, Mediapolis, IA, April 2013; paperback published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, October 2014.
- The Ryn (Eyes of E'veria, book 1). ebook by Candent Gate LLC, Mediapolis, IA, March 2013; paperback published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, November 2013.