Author Interview: Jennifer Raygoza
Jennifer Raygoza was born in Riverside, California. She
attended Fullerton College with a Major in Psychology.
She lives with her husband and two children in Corona,
“I have always wanted to write a book that readers would
love. I spent a lot of my high school years writing poetry, but
never had the nerve to put a story down with pen and pad. I
hope everyone enjoys the story as much as I did writing it.”
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When did you first realize you
wanted to be an Author?
I have always enjoyed writing, and thought how amazing it
would be to write a book one day. I didn’t fully commit until
about five years ago after suffering from some health
What would you say is your
interesting quirk that only
happens when you are writing?
I have to physically motion some of the movements in the
book so I can accurately write them. I always have
music playing that suits the scene.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in
writing your books?
I learned how to go back and make sure things are
consistent in the storyline.
Where did you get ideas for your
My brain is a busy place when it’s stuck in idle. Which
means if I’m bored my brain starts throwing random scenes
at me. Most of these scenes were created sitting in traffic on
the freeway. Music is another inspiration I use.
Out of all the books you have
written, which is your favorite and
This is my first book so of course its my favorite, and it will
probably always be.
What do you think makes a good
Personally I like a edgy forbidden love story mixed with
drama and action. I think a good story is one where you can
feel what the characters are going through. There has to be
that one character that you look at and say I know what they
are feeling. You have to love some characters and hate
some. That is what a good story does to you.
Who are some of your favorite
E.L James, Stephanie Meyers, currently.
If you could pick one actor to
play a character in your book in
the movie version, who would it
Alex Pettyfer as Caleb. My family thinks he would be a great
Who are some of the people that
influenced your love of writing?
This sounds bad, but people who hurt me and broke my
heart made it way to easy to write. I started with poems. The
first poetry book I came across was “Where The Sidewalk
Ends” by Shel Silverstein. I give a giant thank you to that
book. That’s where it all started.
What kind of TV shows do you like and do you find that as a
Paranormal Writer that you gravitate toward True Blood,
Vampire Diaries, Lost Girl and others that center around
Preternatural or Supernatural Creatures?
I do find myself drawn to those type of shows. I love “True
Blood” and “Vampire Diaries.”
How are your Supernaturals different from the traditional
My vampires are able to walk in the light. T hey are a little
more modern, but not too over the top. Some of my vampires
have special powers as well. I have a female human lead
character who carries vampire blood in her system and
ends up taking on more capabilities as the book moves on.
What is your view on the “Paranormal “Craze” that’s going
on, do you feel that it is a fad that people will look back on and
laugh or a lasting interest that will birth classics to come?
I think paranormal love will be around for awhile. We are all
curious about the unknown, about the things that go bump in
the night. I think we all secretly want to have some weird
power of our own. Reading books or watching these movies
lets people fantasize about things like that. Keep them
What other genres do you write?
I have a book on the back burner that I barely started. It is
fiction. I am not really sure of the genre yet. T his book is
going to be uncomfortable to read. I don’t want to give away
to much but it does have a love story in it as well. T he
conditions surrounding the romance is what make up the
If you had one piece of advice for
an aspiring Author what would it
Don’t let anyone’s comments or advice stop you from who,
what or how you want to write. Don’t let any criticism about
your work discourage you. Take confidence in your work.
What would you like to say to
friends and family of Authors (not
just your own)?
Support your authors. It is really hard work. I don’t have the
man power behind me that a publishing house would
provide. Help them out. Buy the book and spread the word
for them. Offer to read it and review their work. Oddly
Sometimes strangers can be your biggest supporters over
family or friends.
Family /Friend just offer love and support.
Is there anything else you want
to share with your readers?
You guys hold my heart, because you are the reason why I
write. It makes me feel good when you read, and write about
how you loved the book. It drive’s me to write more. So, thank
An Excerpt from:
“Vince, get off me!” I snapped. I still had my gun in my jeans.
Thoughts of shooting him in the toe to make my point
crossed my mind, but I managed to keep my cool. After all,
he wouldn’t even suffer that much if I just shot his toe.