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Today I’m on the ‘Descent of a Broken Man’ blogtour, organized by R&R Book Tours.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.
About the Author :
Ashon Ruffins is a native New Orleanian and a military Veteran. He earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, while also holding certifications for several other professions. He loves the art of storytelling in all genres and believes the best lessons in life can be told through fiction. In his spare time, he likes to read, enjoy movies and develop recipes. Descent of a Broken Man is his debut novel.
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Title: Descent of a Broken Man
Publication Date: February 11th, 2022
Publisher: Dreadful Times Press
James Corbin is an ambitious high school history teacher who resides in the lively, yet dangerous city of New Orleans. He suffers from severe depression and anxiety and is on a downward spiral, unwilling to seek the help he desperately needs. His troubles are compounded by a lack of progress in his professional career, his disintegrating marriage, and lack of respect from his peers. While his struggles threaten to cripple him, the city is marred by a series of brutal religious murders.
However, it’s soon clear that there is not only one, but two murderers wreaking havoc on the city. While police chase the murderers, James focuses on his quest for professional success and self-worth from his research. Unfortunately for him, the research leads to the discovery of a nefarious essence, which unlocks a darkness and brings James face to face with a monster of his own. Within some people, there is something… off. Something dormant. A terror that, if found, will leave a path of pain in its wake.
TW: Depression/ Mental Health
First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂
Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
Sure, I’m from New Orleans, La and i’m a husband and a father. I’ve always been a fan of art and it many different forms. Music, paintings, books and my favorite, the culinary arts. I’m also a huge mental health advocate. I’ve seen some horrific things in life up close and personal. I used writing to work through some of that trauma and give me an outlet. Later, stories begin to develop in my mind and I realized that telling stories about the trauma of the human expirience from the perspective of an African-American put me on my path of becoming an author.
Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
Even as a kid I enjoyed horror. Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark was my favorite. Any book I could get my hands on about werewolves was a must read and of course, Curious George. Who doesn’t love Curious George. Now, as a grown-up, I enjoy the King of horror, Steven King. I love Dan Brown and his way of blending fact with fiction and the way he structures his stories. It pushes you to keep reading to see what happens next. Other than that, I enjoy indulging in the work of indie authors and non-fiction history books.
Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
That is a great question. It’s also a very hard one to answer. If I have to pick only one, I would have to go with Dan Brown. I would ask him how does he know when his factual research is interesting enough to blend with the story he wants to tell? The reason for that is because I write and warn about the true truama of the human expereince and I believe the best book I can write would have that perfect blend that would speak to readers on a deeply personal level.
If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
Definitely Priestess Nadia from my novel Descent of A Broken Man. She is strong, smart, wise, and tells you exactly what’s on her mind. Nadia has a wealth of knowledge. I’d love to pick her brain. It would be interesting topics of conversation.
Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
In a perfect world, I would be able to carve out two hours at my desk with just my laptop, my two monitors and a glass of Scotch. However, I have a full time job, a wife, and two little ones who depend on me a lot. I’m also the cook in my home. So, they come first. I write when I can fit it in. Sometimes on my cellphone and very late night weekends. They are well worth it.
Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
This is a great question. So, we all have different experiences in life. A woman’s daily experience is different from mine as a man. Same applies to me as an African-American, compared to others. So what trauma can I warn against using the most compatible horror plot I can come up with. The human experience gives me my ideas and yes, the people in my life should be worried. LoL.
Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I’m a hybrid. I plot out my main characters, their background, the story I want to tell and then my antagonist. From that point I just go with the flow and do my reasearch as I go.
Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
Sure. Write. Write every chance you get. Write about what intriuges you. What facinates you. Write about what you are curious about. That will lead to you reading more on those topics and that will provide all the motivation you need to create the stories you want to tell. Don’t quit!
What are your futureplans as an author?
Descent of a Broken man is book one in a three book series of Uncovered Darkness. I’m currently working on book 2 and eventually book 3.
Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
What will it take? What will it take for you to become desperate? To become hopeless, after things fall apart? All while dealing with something you don’t fully understand, determined to show those around you that you are capable. Can you stay in the light or will you step into darkness?
Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Ashon Ruffons.
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