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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

#IndieSpotlight of Jeniffer Raygoza @RaygozaJen Author of The Guardians

The Author

Jennifer Raygoza

The Title of Your Work or Group: 
The Guardians

Where are you from? 
I currently reside in Corona California but I have lived all over the place.

In what genre do you write? 
Fiction-My books border on Fantasy with a side of romance mixed in with drama. I suppose I should make up a customized genre for my books. 

In your own words, what is your book about? If you were not the author and trying to explain this awesome book you just read to a friend, what would you say about it?
I would say this book is about a human girl who is sent out on a normal job for her father so she thinks and she ends of meeting a vampire who turns her life upside down. She finds out that she is an important key to what he and his coven have been waiting for. 

What is your writing style? Do you follow all guides and rules? Synopsis, outline etc. or do you just sit down at the computer and type to see what happens. 
I just sit down and write. I can’t force it. It just has to come to me.

Have you ever written anything and thought; "The world has got to see this!"? 
I just dropped my first book. It wasn’t me that thought that. Family kept finding pages and telling me how great it was. I was like really? I thought it was awesome but I didn’t think it would get the response it has. People say they can’t put it down. 

Do you have an editor and Cover Designer or do you do this yourself? 
I do have an editor. I tell a great story, but I am horrible when it comes to grammar and punctuation. I had some editing issues with the first roll out but I just had it re-edited again. I used Dreamstime for my cover photo and found an amazing photo that just happen to go with the book.

 Who is your favorite author? Not just someone that you read a lot. I wanna know whose book you read that made you suddenly know that if you didn't do this for the rest of your life then you would never be happy. 
I used to read ‘Where the sidewalk ends’ by Shel Silverstein a million times when I was younger. It was a book of poetry. That’s where it all started, I think because after that I started writing poetry in High School. 

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I really love a forbidden romance because it’s fun. I find myself trying to make it as realistic as I can because anyone that has been in love will tell you it’s a rollercoaster. My current characters are vampires so writing the relationship fights can be tricky. 

Do you write your characters or do they write themselves through you?
My characters write themselves. I usually get a vivid image of what the characters look like or how their personality is, but sometimes the characters surprise me and do something unexpected. 

Do you ever write yourself into the characters?
I think Gianna-my current lead female character has a lot of me in her. I definitely had her short temper when I was younger.

Is writing your full time job or are you "Keeping your day job"? So to speak
Writing is my full time job at the time. I am off work currently with some medical issues.

If you could go back in time and meet one famous person or legend in history, who would it be?
Abraham Lincoln. People say he was humble and a good guy. I would love to see if that’s true and Abe and I share a birthday. 

There are millions of new books released every year. What in your mind makes yours stand out from all those millions in your genre? 
I am just a girl who wrote a book about vampires. They fascinate me and I know there is a whole bunch of other people who think the same thing. My book may not be for everybody. I took everything I love to see in a book or movie and mixed it into this book. I say check it out yourself and hopefully you love what I created. 

In the world of Indie, marketing is very difficult, especially if you don't have the funds to pay for it. Have you found a great free way to market your work that you think other Indies will benefit from? 
I made my own press releases and found over 10 companies online that posted them up for free. Facebook and Twitter has helped and also Goodreads. 

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Watch the Trailer for The Guardians.