Handsome R.J. Castro has a great smile, and these days he’s got a lot to smile about. His first novel Chase and the Fallen Angel garnered fantastic reviews on Goodreads and Amazon, with a 4.7 star average rating (out of a potential five).
“The story was inspired after reading ONE chapter from the first Harry Potter book,” the author happily informed me. “After that, I was done for. I had a hard time enjoying Harry Potter because the story of Chase was already formulating in my head. I knew I wanted to stay away from wizards, witches, vampires and werewolves, so I thought, ‘What is something recognizable yet I can add my own twist?’ Thus the guardian angels came to mind.”
Having studied creative writing at Cal State Fullerton, he put his talents to use. Chase and the Fallen Angel is the first in a five-book series. His second book, Chase and the Lost Soul, has just been released and the third installment, Chase and the Broken Spirit, is set for release early next year. ”I sat, working the plot of all five books in my head for about a year,” he admitted. “I completed the first book in a year.”
One of the strong themes running throughout Chase and the Fallen Angel is an appreciation for the little things in life. “A big theme for me in real life is appreciating what you have,” he elaborates. “I try to live by this as much as possible and sadly I don’t always. The angels have very little rights, giving them only small amounts of time to do some of the things that free will would usually allow. With this time, they tend to appreciate the opportunity given, valuing it more. I think that when free will is gone, any situation is appreciated, senses are heightened and everything seems a little bit brighter.” He offers up what he calls “a bad example yet an effective one” when he says, “Imagine your friend orders fries, and they offer you one, how good does that one fry taste?”
Castro has been writing stories since he was in kindergarten, and when he was in fourth grade conceived a series of stories called “Chills.” A self-publishing entrepreneur at an early age, he even marketed and sold these tales of a fourth grade something to his classmates. Inspired by R. L. Stine and his “Goosebumps” series of books, our young Mr. Castro ditched his first and middle names, keeping the initials and going by R. J. Castro.
Along with continuing his writing the multi-talented Castro has worked as an actor and puppeteer in music videos, on stage at Disneyland, and on television. His work as a mascot performer with Disney came in handy for some of the plot elements in Chase and the Fallen Angel.