M. Sembera's Biography
Born in Baton Rouge Louisiana, I now live in Brazoria, Texas with My Husband, Three Kids, Three Dogs and Two Cats. I wrote my first short story when I was in high school and instantly fell in love with writing. However, life sometimes gets in the way of aspirations and it wasn't until years later, when my life calmed down, I was able to start writing again. For me, each new book I write or character I create feels like the first time and I find myself falling in love with writing all over again.
An Interview with M. Sembera
When did you know that you wanted to be a writer?
When I was a senior in high school, I had to write a short story for English class. Creating the characters and watching them come alive stuck with me and I completely fell in love with it.
To date you've written seven books, five are part of the Rennillia Series. Where did the story idea for this series come from?
Rennillia actually came from the short story I wrote in high school. However, it changed a lot over the 15 years years I worked on it.
Of the four friends in the story do you have a favorite among them?
Well, Jackson of course ;) Mostly because he wasn't going to be one of the main characters at first. He kind of grew on me though and I kept adding him in. What can I say, I'm a sucker for a wink and a smile.
Enduring Everything is a stand alone book that features characters from the Rennillia Series. what was the inspiration for this story?
At the end of the Series, all the situations were resolved but there were a few readers that wanted to know what happened after the Epilogue. After thinking it over, I felt like Ren & Jacks had earned their own story and it was a great lead in to my Marked Heart Series.
Your newest release is Charlotte, which features characters from Enduring Everything. What can you tells us about this story?
In EE Charlotte makes a few mistakes... Well, one pretty big one. Charlotte's book starts as she come's back to town after living in Spain for the last few years to make a mends with William Caffrey. Along with his forgiveness William asks Charlotte to do something for him. A last request. Unfortunately, for her, it involves William's older brother Auggie. Those that have read EE already know but if you haven't it quickly becomes clear that there is no love loss between Charlotte and Auggie. Basically, Charlotte and Auggie are very different people with the common factor of neither truly share their hearts and lives with another person. William knew this and cared for them both. He hoped they would grow to care for each other too. But with all the history surrounding Charlotte and not to mention having to deal with their own individual families problems... Its easier said then done.
Do you have any current works in progress you can share with us?
Yes! Penny is up next (Marked Heart #3). She is mentioned in EE and is a strong side character in Charlotte. She is up beat and light-hearted. Penny Caffrey is also the youngest and only girl out of five siblings. I just love her to Pieces and hope everyone else does too!
I read that music plays a part when you're writing a scene or chapter. Do you have to hear the music first or does a certain song pop in your head as you're writing?
Both. Sometimes I already have a song in mind and then other times I'll hear a song on the radio that inspires me.
What has been your favorite part of writing and publishing books?
Being able to openly discuss them with strangers. Its an awesome feeling!
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Top 3 of all time- Edgar Allen Poe, Edith Wharton & L.N. Montgomery
When you're not writing what do you like to do?
Hang out with my husband and kids.
In 10 words or less can you tell readers why they should read your books?
My characters are colorfully flawed with heart.
Is there anything you would like to say your fans and/or readers new to you?
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my books. While I cannot promise everyone will always love everything I write, I promise to always stay true to my characters and their stories.
Books by M. Sembera
The Rennillia Series
Set in a small southern town, death, love, hurt, friendship and anger bond Rennillia Cantinelli (Ren), Scott Herterand (Hert), Emerson Roberts (Em) and Jackson Thomas (Jacks) while shaping the paths they will follow into adulthood.
After a six year separation from her friends, Ren returns to the Roberts' house to start over. Caught between love, loyalty, friendship and restrained by obligations, these four discover the bond they formed long ago is not the only thing holding them together.
Follow Ren (Rennillia) from the age of fifteen to eighteen as she struggles to make the right decisions for herself and sometimes works even harder to make the wrong ones. Hert (Scott Herterand) has a similar less than ideal home life and has been her only friend up until she meets Emerson. When her father arranges a meeting between Ren and the powerful Mr. Roberts son (Emerson) they instantly form a bond that rivals that of her and Hert's. When Ren's father bans her from all contact with anyone but Emerson, she takes a chance and falls for the charming and flirtatious Jackson. Smitten with him, she defies her father and embarks on a relationship with him. All the while death, love, hurt, anger and other various family issues arise that eventually lead the four of them (Ren, Hert, Emerson and Jackson) to the paths they will follow into adulthood.
Life with HIM covers the six year gap between The Prequel and Rennillia (book I) left out of The Series.Following the death of her parents in 'A Look Back' Prequel to The Rennillia Series, Ren cannot cope with her heartbreaking loss. Fueled by regret and the overwhelming need to hide from what has happened, she winds up on Henley's door step. Allowing HIM to control her, she is more than willing to suffer the physical pain of their relationship to escape her internal devastation. Until the moment she discovers her life is no longer her own, she then finds the push she needs to leave HIM.