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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Interview with Author Mary Hallberg

1) Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you get into writing?

I’ve been writing pretty much every since I knew how. I wrote fan fictions all through junior high and high school, and majored in Creative Writing in college. Even then, I wasn’t sure if I could turn writing into a career, but I’m going to try my hardest.

 

2) What inspired you to write your book?

I never found zombies that scary until I had this dream one night that I was trapped in a little storage room, surrounded by a horde of them. That scene later became a part of STATE OF EMERGENCY. After that dream, I started watching The Walking Dead and thought it would be cool to write a story about teens in the zombie outbreak as it unfolded.

 

3) What theme or message do you hope readers will take away from your book?

To be persistent. To trust your gut and take action when you think something is wrong, because it might save you. To not take the people you love for granted, because you never know when they could be gone, and things can change in an instant with no warning.

 

4) What drew you into this particular genre?

I’ve loved horror since I was a kid. I grew up reading Goosebumps and watching ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’ on Nickelodeon. As I got older, I graduated to slasher movies and ghost stories. I love the adrenaline rush that horror brings without any of the actual danger.

 

5) If you could sit down with any character in your book, what would you ask them and why?

Probably Pierce, just because he has such an interesting backstory. I’d ask him what his family life is like and what he does for enjoyment and escape. Without prying too much, of course.

 

 

6) What social media site has been the most helpful in developing your readership?

Probably twitter, since I’ve been on there since long before I started building a writing platform, so I know how to work it pretty well.

 

7) What advice would you give to aspiring or just starting authors out there?

Read a lot. Write a lot. Be observant, because you never know when and where inspiration will come. And, above all, don’t give up. If you really have the fire in you to write, you’ll keep doing it no matter how many obstacles get in your way. Because you can’t NOT do it.

 

8) What does the future hold in store for you? Any new books/projects on the horizon?

I’ve got a novella coming out later this year, but I’ve changed plans for it about a dozen times already, so I’m not sure of the details. But I will have something out soon, I promise! I have tons of other stories in the pipeline too, and one day I’d love to get an agent. But we’ll see.

 

 

About the Author:

As a child, Mary Hallberg’s mother wanted her to read HEIDI and CADDIE WOODLAWN, so she grew up reading Goosebumps books under the covers. As soon as she was old enough for a Blockbuster card, she graduated to horror classics like Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and The Evil Dead. Her parents still wonder where they went wrong in raising her. She lives in Mississippi. Visit her online here.

Intricate Deceptions (Intricate, #1) by Jennifer Rayes Review

A young woman is forced into a dangerous world in author Jennifer Rayes book, Intricate Deceptions. The first in the Intricate book series, the book follows a woman who wakes up in a cell in a horrible situation, and ends up in a complicated world filled with Kings and Queens, Pirates and never ending treachery. Here is the synopsis:

Waking up in a desolate cell, Gaia realizes that she has been kidnapped by a human trafficking organization, doomed to be sold to the highest bidder and unable to remember anything before her capture.
An opportune rescue by Raoul, the Prince of Kayamato, saves Gaia from a gruesome future, and she is thrown into a world of luxury and privilege. As she struggles to regain her memory, Gaia learns that her rescue was no accident and finds herself in even more danger, hunted by a powerful drug lord, targeted by a thrill seeking pirate, and betrayed by those she thought closest to her.
Fighting for sanity and survival, she works to unravel the truth behind her capture, each revelation more shocking than the last. The intricate web of deceptions spun around her family will shatter her world, leaving her unsure if she will ever trust again.
Through it all, she must survive to save a friend before it’s too late…

This was a wonderfully written book. The important detail and attention showed to a very serious subject like human trafficking and the horrors people experience was expertly done. It brings a new light to the subject and helps build a dialogue and conversation that will hopefully lead to some real changes being made in real life. The book’s narrative was original and unique, and the characters became the bright spot as readers were left trying to figure out who to trust in this never ending game of cat and mouse. With Gaia stuck in the middle trying to figure out which side to be on and who is really her ally, the mystery of who she is and what her connection is to those around her will leave readers shocked. With a major twist ending that will leave readers clamoring for the next book in the series, this was a phenomenal adventure/thriller/mystery book that you will not want to put down.

Overall this was a fantastic read. The story was evenly paced, and the setting was able to paint a vivid picture in my mind. The narrative seemed to conjure up and take elements from several different genres and time periods as the author explored these new kingdoms, and it became a wonderful genre-smash read that I couldn’t get enough of. If you enjoy political intrigue, powerful and well rounded female protagonists and an engaging plot, then be sure to pick up author Jennifer Rayes book Intricate Deceptions today!

Rating: 10/10

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Intricate-Deceptions-Jennifer-Rayes-ebook/dp/B00GRILZXK/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1384994989&sr=8-1

Author Website: http://jenniferrayes.wixsite.com/intricatedeceptions

Podunk Moon: An Anthology by Erin Geil

It’s a new year, and that means it’s time to start tackling some brand new book reviews. The first book of the year is a beautiful yet haunted book of poetry that explores the pain and friction that comes with one’s early 20’s. In author Erin Geil’s book Podunk Moon: An Anthology, readers get a personal, in-depth look at one person’s struggle to overcome life’s most grueling and heartbreaking challenges. Here’s the synopsis:

Podunk Moon is an anthology of mostly non-fiction poetry starting in 2016 and time traveling back through the years ending in 2003. A time capsule of heartache, depression, and the overall state of confusion that comes with being in your twenties. An excerpt of the suspense thriller novel, The Great American, follows after, leaving the reader with a taste of something that is altogether a darkly different breed of beast.

The blend of emotional poetry with a new dark and twisted fiction novel makes this a fantastic way to start the year! While the book is filled with some incredible poetry that deals with the struggles of love, loss and heartbreak, one poem in particular spoke to me. It was titled “I Know”, and while i won’t spoil anything for you guys, the raw emotion that spilled out from every line in that poem was overpowering to say the least, and is a shining example of the talent this author has. The incredible excerpt from The Great American brought a fantastic new and twisted tale of love, lust and violence that few books these days have been able to capture, and showcases the incredible range and variety this writer has.

Overall this was a wonderful start to the new year. A fantastic roller coaster of emotions, Podunk Moon: An Anthology by Erin Geil is a must have book to begin 2018. This is an extremely powerful book to have for young people meeting life’s challenges for the first time or already struggling with those very same challenges. Pick up your copies today!

Rating: 10/10

Podunk Moon: An Anthology https://www.amazon.com/dp/154675234X/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_NHitAb