Interview with Author Jennifer Rayes

1) Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you get into writing?
     I’ve loved to write since an early age. I started with lyrics when I was six then evolved to poems around fourteen. I started a novel when I was sixteen, but never got around to finishing it, and eventually lost the pages (I used to write in a notebook back then). I always enjoyed my English classes in school, and throughout college, I always took Creative Writing as an elective class, even though my Major was Engineering. 
2) What inspired you to write your book?
     I had traveled to Lebanon for winter break, and everyone was raving about this series they were obsessed with on television. As I watched an episode with my family, I thought to myself: I can do this. I want to write a series to keep people entertained.
3) What theme or message do you hope readers will take away from your book?
     From the synopsis, you can tell the book involves human trafficking. I believe this is a very deep, dark issue that is prevalent in societies all over the world. I wanted to shed light on this issue, but without making the story dark. I try to write the prose in a light manner so that anyone can pick up the book and not struggle with the content.  
4) What drew you into this particular genre?
     I write fiction because I wanted to create a parallel world that functions in almost the same manner as our current one, just in a different setting. I also wanted to mesh kingdoms with modern day issues and technology. My writing is a mix between thriller, action, and mystery, with a touch of romance, to keep things interesting and fast-paced.
5) If you could sit down with any character in your book, what would you ask them and why?
     The character I’d probably sit down with is Barry, even though he is a minor one. He runs the human trafficking establishment that is the setting for the opening chapter. I’d want to ask him how he can sell under-aged girls for sex when he has a family and young children of his own. 
6) What social media site has been the most helpful in developing your readership?
     Facebook so far. I’ve recently branched into Instagram as well.
7) What advice would you give to aspiring or just starting authors out there?
     Don’t give up. I know it sounds cliche, but it’s very easy to just stop writing. Look for the passion behind the words, look for the muse. If you’re having problems with inspiration, read books, talk to people, daydream. And write. Try to write a bit everyday. I find writing to be like working out; when done constantly, it’s easy, if you stop, it’s very hard to get back into.
8) What does the future hold in store for you? Any new books/projects on the horizon?
     I’ve recently published book 2 in the Intricate Series, and am now working on book 3.
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