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 Amazon.com, their local bookstore or of course, my website: http://www.JeffRivera.com