Get to Know…Jennifer Raygoza

JenRaygozaMeet fantasy writer Jennifer Raygoza, author of The Guardians. Welcome, Jennifer!

Tell us about your book.

This story is told from the point of view of Gianna, a girl who is still mentally struggling with her mother’s death. She and her family have managed to move on all in their own way. She is not your average girl.  She is tough and sassy, and happens to be the daughter of a Mafia boss.

On top of that, she works for her dad doing odd jobs. She is sent out one day to pick up a man named Caleb who turns her world upside down, by throwing Gianna into a world she didn’t know existed. This really is a good vs. evil story. The story is love, pain and sacrifice mixed in with a twisted plot.

Where did the idea come from?

I ask myself the same question. Music lyrics, movies and people inspire scenes. I can just be sitting there and a scene pops into my head. It’s weird. I amaze myself. Looking back at this book I still wonder where I came up with everything.

What’s the book’s opening line? Why did you start there?

“You know your mom would have hated for you to have anything to do with this.”

I wanted to show Gianna’s mother in a good light. I wanted readers to feel her mother’s disapproval of that type of lifestyle, and that she wanted better for her kids.

What do you most enjoy about writing?

I love giving life to characters. You can make any fantasy come to life in a story.

Please share a writing tip you’ve found helpful.

It really is necessary to have other people read your work before you publish it. I went over this story a million times until my eyes were crossed. Having other people read it helps grab errors or takes notice to things that make sense to you but may not to the reader.

What about vampires appeals to you?

They just fascinate me. I like the way they look and act. It’s like mixing an animal and a human together. They are always so dark and mysterious. It’s just fun to watch them in action wither it’s a book or movie.

What distinguishes your vampire story from the others out there?

The storyline is insane. I have two different types of vampires. I have managed to separate the good vampires from the bad vampires by different looks. My vampires have a certain way they feed and who they feed off. I wanted my book to stand out among the vampire books. There are so many vampire romance novels out, and I wanted this to be more. I added everything I wish one movie or one book had. I threw action, drama, love, pain and sacrifice into one bowl and made this story.

What’s your professional background? How does it influence your writing?

I was an office manager for the last six years and before that I worked in car repossession. I have worked for a lot of different types of job in my life. You get to meet and work with so many different personalities it’s insane. It’s easy to take someone’s personality and throw it into a character. I see so many writers who went to college to learn how to write a book and here I am like nothing. It can be a little intimidating sometimes. I went to college, too, but I wanted to be a marriage counselor. Who knew back then I was going to write a book?

What’s your favorite book?

Where the Sidewalk Ends. It’s this crazy giant book full of poetry. I used to write a lot of poetry in my youth.

Who is your favorite fictional character? (Any medium)

This is my opportunity to ring my own bell, and toot my own horn. Right? I love Caleb in my book. He’s just too freaking charming.

If you could have one super-power, what would it be and why?

(Exhale) Just one? Telekinesis for sure. Everyone says mind reading but I think that would be awful. The human brain is just mean sometimes. I would probably hate my family and friends if I knew what they were thinking.

What’s next for you?

I am working on part 2 of The Guardians. I also have a book called Shall Fear None that I have put to the side for now.The Guardians

Where can people learn more about your work?

The Guardians website- theguardiansvampnovel.webs.com/

Facebook- www.facebook.com/theguardiansvampnovel

Tell us one fun fact about yourself.

I will give you two. I love Cinnamon rolls and I cry watching lifetime movies. Impressed yet?

Thank you, Jennifer!