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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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