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Ronan Jackson Jefferson

answers the Usual Questions

book cover Thirty One Days, Ronan Jackson Jefferson; 100x160

Has your interaction with fans, for example, at conventions, affected your work?

Yes. Due to the passion fans have shown in their responses to my work, I strive to achieve the highest possible standards in everything I write. THIRTY-ONE DAYS was based on a true story, so I had to be honest with every single character in the book. The readers are seeing this, and are responding accordingly. When you consider potential readers of your work and their investment of money, time and intellect, you develop a healthy respect for the product you put out.

Is there any particular incident (a letter, a meeting, a comment that stands out?

There are so many. I receive dozens of passionate emails every day. I am overwhelmed by the contributions of all of my readers, whether the contributions are good or bad, well written, poorly written, senseless or profound. For someone to take time in their busy, ten second world to actually write me a letter, it says volumes about their connection to the story. And I thank them all for their valuable time and consideration.

I have read many books I thought were good. Closed them up and said 'good job' or 'well done'. And that was it. To actually write a critique to the author is another step in itself.

Do you have a favourite author or book (or writer or film or series) that has influenced you or that you return to?

Stephen King. He is the premier writer on our planet when it comes to developing characters, mood, situations and tension.

Who is the person you would most like to be trapped in a lift with? or a spaceship?

See above. Can you imagine picking this guy's brains? To see where it all comes from? To get an inkling of what makes him tick? It would be fascinating. I am sure he has many, many more stories to tell, and many stories he wished he could tell. The latter are the ones I would love to hear. In the confines of a stuck elevator, he might just let it rip. Because he is so popular, there are genres he just couldn't tackle.

Who is the person you would most DISlike to be trapped in a lift with? Or a spaceship?

no answer

What would you pack for space? (Is there a food, beverage, book, teddy bear, etc that you couldn't do without?)

Leather pants. Pepsi cola. A gun. Leather pants are the 'go to' outfit in action/adventure world. You always need a sugar blast in space. A nice, Smith and Wesson sidearm for self-defense, in case the aliens are not friendlies.

What is the most important thing you would like to get/achieve from your work?

I enjoy the freedom of writing. I write because I can. There is nowhere you can't go when you are writing. The world is limitless.

Whether the mainstream will publish it or accept it, that is another story. We are living in very sensitive times.

What is the special satisfaction of your work?

If I can entertain readers for an hour or two or a week, then bonus. If I can shock them, or make them laugh or curse, or shake their heads in amazement, then double bonus.

submitted by Ronan Jackson Jefferson

11 August 2014

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Just the facts:
Born: 1983. Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
Resides: Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Buffalo, New York
THIRTY-ONE DAYS, novel, erotic thriller

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