Heather Graham

JEFF RIVERA
FOREVER MY LADY

Interviewed by: Lauretta Pierce
March 29, 2009


Lauretta:    Jeff, please tell the readers a little about your self?

Jeff:    Well, I've been writing since I was 6 years old. It's just something that came natural to me. I didn't know it was called writing actually. I just started doing it and I found that I had a passion for it. I've kept it up and I cannot imagine life without writing.


Lauretta:    What inspired you to write FOREVER MY LADY?

Jeff:    I was inspired originally by a friend who went through a very similar circumstance but I think what inspired me in many ways was that it was a story that I had to tell. It haunted me and it stayed with me until I finally told it.


Lauretta:    How did you come about the title FOREVER MY LADY?

Jeff:    The title came from the character Dio, who always talked about Jennifer being his lady, Por Siempre Mi Amor, which me Forever My Love.


Lauretta:    Will you give the readers a brief synopsis of FOREVER MY LADY?

Jeff:    It's a novel that shares what it's like to truly love somebody, for that person to be your everything and what happens when life goes on for one of them but the other is still stuck in the past. Are they truly meant to be together? or was it just a passing phase?


Lauretta:    How did you formulate Dio and Jenniferís characters?

Jeff:    Like all of my characters they start out with people I know as framework. Dio came from a friend of mine and from myself and from my brother. Jennifer came from a very good friend of mine who went through some similar challenges.


Lauretta:    How did you come about Grossaint and Simonís character?

Jeff:    Simon's based on a friend mine who was biracial and didn't know where he belonged and Grossaint is based on someone who used to pick on me when I was in middle school.


Lauretta:    How long have you been writing?

Jeff:    Since I was in the first grade.


Lauretta:    How many books have you written?

Jeff:    Forever My Lady was my first novel, and the first novel I got published. However, I'm actually in the process of having quite a few books being edited so I anticipate in the next 2-3 years having a good 6 or so books out. One of them is Forever My Lady Part 2.


Lauretta:    Are you currently working on another book?

Jeff:    Yes, I am working on some YA novels right now that I'm very excited about. I have a whole trunk load of ideas to write about once those are done.


Lauretta:    What message would you like readers to receive from reading FOREVER MY LADY?

Jeff:    I want people to really walk away feeling like they've stepped inside the characters' shoes. I want them feel what they're feeling and to go on an emotional journey.