Wednesday, October 29, 2008

About Jeff Rivera

You might have heard about this guy recently. Here he is again...

Eilis: You took a sort of back-door approach to getting published by Warner/Grand Central with self-publishing first.  How was that experience for you?
Jeff: You know,I think I set out to be the exception. To be one of the few who self-published first and then got picked up by a major. It was a personal goal of mine that began out of frustration actually when Hollywood wasn't getting the screenplay version of Forever My Lady. I knew that real people, not suits, really were loving the story so I had to get the story out there one way or another. And because of that rejection experience I didn't want to experience it again so I decided to self-publish. But in my heart of hearts I did want to eventually be picked up by a major publisher.
Eilis: What does it feel like being one of the few guys in the industry writing about love?
Jeff: I love it actually. It's like being the only guy visiting an all girls college dorm. Haha! I get all their attention! Just kidding.  I think it's great because I come at my stories from a different perspective, my stories usually come from the male perspective and I think women do want to know how a guy feels about love. I always tell my female friends that guys and girls have the exact same feelings, it's just that guys have been conditioned by society to mask their feelings. That's why it's great in a book like Forever My Lady that is so internal in many ways and through the letters the main character Dio writes to his love, Jennifer, you get to see inside his head.
Eilis: Why do you think Forever My Lady is touching so many men and women readers?
Jeff: I think maybe it's because there's a part of each of us in each of the characters. We all know what it's like to love someone more than anything that you cannot sleep at night, that you cannot put them out of your mind, that you long for them. And we all know what it's like to have our heartbroken so hard that we feel like someone has just stabbed us in the chest. Those are feelings my characters in Forever My Lady experience.
Eilis: Where can my readers pick up a copy?
Jeff: They can pick up a copy of Forever My Lady on, their local bookstore or of course, my website: 

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Trying something new

I don't know if you've noticed, but it's election season. (Pause for the exclamations of disbelief.)

Well, anyway, I don't know about you, but I'm sick and tired of campaign commercials and radio ads. Whether it's TV or radio, we're being bombarded with politicians trying to wheedle us into voting for them. Oh good gravy, are they ever. One day recently, fed up with those ads on the radio while I was at work (actually, I was sick and tired of something I was doing, but never mind that), I started to move the dial up and down, looking for a station that didn't have a campaign ad. Actually, that was a lot more fun than the work I was taking a break from, which might explain why I was sick and tired in the first place. 

After a lot of spinning (the dial, not my chair -- my chair's sensitive that way), I found a radio station that didn't have a single campaign ad that I could tell. I was overjoyed! Of course, the music wasn't something I was used to listening to -- modern music compared to the classics I'm partial to -- but I settled in. As long as I didn't hear a mutter about "vote for," I was happy. 

Day in and day out, I kept it there, and I marveled at how much better I felt not dealing with those election commercials. The music wasn't bad, and I even bopped along as I worked. There was even a song that seemed to be on heavy rotation called "Supergirl" (at first I thought it was "Stupid Girl," which considering the history of the superheroine from DC Comics wasn't necessarily off the mark by much), which delighted me, because The Hub and I keep a running list of super-hero related songs. 

Today, finally curious enough -- and with a break in working -- I looked up the station. There was a good reason there weren't any election ads: It was a radio station from an area high school. OF COURSE there weren't any election ads! They're not old enough to vote! I didn't know if I should be embarrassed or not that I was enjoying the station, but heck, those people at Nathan Hale High School are doing a fine job of keeping me tuned to their part of the dial. I suspect if I had listened to the dj I might have gotten a clue, but I was in it for the music and the lack of annoying ads, and that was fine by me.

So I'm staying put until after the election. I may stay put afterward too, who knows, until I need to hear Beethoven or something again. Who would have thought I'd like modern music, having avoided it since the 1980s?