Book Spotlight and Author Interview with Jennifer Rayes

Title of Book: Intricate Deceptions (Book 1 of the Intricate series)

A short description of series:

The series is set in a fictional world but deals with real-life social issues such as human trafficking and drug cartels. The books are written in a way that is easy to read and are action-packed, making them fast paced. The purpose is to keep readers interested while delivering messages that lead to awareness on these topics.

The first book in the Intricate series starts off with the protagonist as a victim of kidnap and human trafficking, who then, through several twists, comes into power and decides to fight these organizations and corruption.

What inspired you to write? And what was the inspiration for this book?

I have always enjoyed writing, and began doing so at an early age. A few years ago, I was watching a series on television with family, and thought to myself I can write something like this. That same night, I started working on Intricate Deceptions, and those first few pages turned into a chapter, then that chapter turned into a book. It’s something I enjoy doing, and my inspiration comes as I write.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

Having a full time job (in Engineering), I tend to write during the evenings and on weekends.

How long does it take to write a book?

Since it’s part time, it takes between a year to two, including the editing process.

What do you like to do when you are not writing?

I love to read, and find that doing so helps my writing immensely. I also do boxing and Muay Thai for exercise, and spend a lot of time with my dog, Koby.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

To become a writer, you just have to write. I find writing to be like exercise; the more you do it, the easier it gets, the longer you stop, the harder it is to get back into.
If going through a block, I recommend reading.

Do you have an interesting writing quirk? If so what is it?

My best writing comes out in the middle of the night between 2 and 5 am. Unfortunately, it’s a very difficult time to write, as I’m usually asleep.

What is the last book you read?

Bright Side by Kim Holden

Who are your favorite authors?

I tend to jump around genres, some of my recent favorites are: Kim Holden, Colleen Hoover, Tarryn Fisher, Dot Hutchison, Dan Brown, J.K. Rowling, Erin Watt, Suzanne Collins.

What is your favorite book?

My latest favorite is actually the last one I read: Bright Side.
Very touching book that I was able to relate to on a deep level.

After all of your hard work, what does it feel like to be a published author?

It’s an amazing feeling, I feel that I have accomplished a major goal in my life. The road is very bumpy and there are vast ups and downs, so it feels good to have gotten this far. And hopefully, I can keep going.

Rachel Beyer

I am a full time engineer and a part time blogger/writer. I am passionate about reading, writing, biking, volleyball, and my pets.

Wisconsin