Book Tour - Author Ben Burgess Jr

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I am excited to do my first of hopefully a few book tours and today Author Ben Burgess Jr stops by She Reads to talk about his book, what inspires him and he even has a give a way!

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Author Bio
Ben Burgess Jr is the author of the award winning novels "Monster", "Wounded", the poetry book "Times Have Changed and Life is Strange" and the new novel "Love and Happiness" He is an active performer of spoken word poetry. Ben Burgess Jr uses his love of writing to inspire and influence youths to strive for what they believe in, and to never give up on their dreams. His poetry book "Times Have Changed and Life is Strange" and his novel "Monster" are currently used in schools on the lower east side of Manhattan. Ben Burgess has a BA degree in Business Management, and a MA degree in Educational Leadership. He is the proud father of his daughter Jaelynn and is active in trying to improve urban neighborhoods and communities. Twitter: Ben_Burgess_Jr

Author Ben Burgess Jr
In the Author's Words :: My biggest inspiration/motivation is my daughter. As a parent, I want nothing but the best for my child. I look at her as an extension of myself. I didn't have a great childhood. My parents didn't have a lot of money, I was insecure about myself, I lived in poverty, and I missed out on opportunities due to a lack of funds. While my childhood wasn't the best, I had a great role model, my Mother. I watched my Mom struggle to pay bills, work two jobs, put herself through school all the way up to her doctorate, and moved us out of the bad neighborhood we lived in into a house in the suburbs. She did all of these tasks on her own. My Mother did the best she could to push for me to have better opportunities than she did. She pushed me to want more out of myself and to become the best person I could be. That is exactly what I want to do for my child. I want to instill in her that strong work ethic and will. I want her to realize that with hard work and dedication, she can do anything she puts her mind to. I want her to see how I juggle being an NYPD detective, personal trainer, Father, and author. I love her and I want to be that positive role model she looks up to like my Mother was for me. Every achievement, every award, every acknowledgement I receive, I want her to understand that I put 100% into everything I do. I pray that it pushes her to be a great person.

Let's talk with Author Ben Burgess Jr - The Interview

She Reads-Where did you get such rich personality traits for your characters?
Author Ben Burgess, Jr -I love to people watch, and I’m constantly thinking. When I’m developing my characters, I like them to be layered. I don’t want to make perfect characters because no one is perfect. I develop characters that have strengths and flaws because I feel that makes it easier for readers to connect. I put pieces of myself in every character, but I also look at the personality traits of strangers, family, and friends to inspire me for my character development. I like to do research also by interviewing strangers to get different perspectives on topics.

She Reads- Who was your favorite character to write and why?
Author Ben Burgess Jr- My favorite character to write would have to be Karen because she was more of a challenge. To write as a woman when you are a male, is hard. I did a lot of research. I interviewed close to twenty women, asking them all types of questions on marriage and infidelity. It’s a lot of work to develop a female character as a male author, but I loved showing the different layers of her personality. 

She Reads-Why did you choose to tell the story in a first person narrative instead of third person?
Author Ben Burgess Jr- Most of my favorite books have been told from the first person narrative, so I adapted that style to my own. I feel that as a reader, first person perspective makes you feel like you are the character. In all of my books, I want readers to understand the characters and relate to them even if they don’t agree with everything they do.

She Reads-While this is still at its heart an urban contemporary romance, did you find it tricky or difficult to stay out of genre stifling stereotypes and story lines to appeal to a broader audience?
Author Ben Burgess Jr.-This by far is my favorite question and here is why:
Being an author for African American/Urban Fiction, I know that the genre has a stigma of only telling stories about crime and violence, but my goal is to show the world that the genre is more than that. I strongly dislike the term “African American/Urban Fiction” because I feel like it makes people believe that only African Americans should read it. My books are for everyone. I write stories that most people can relate to. For me, it wasn’t tricky or difficult to stay away from stereotypical story lines because there is more to African American culture than crime and violence. I hope when everyone (race, and gender) reads my books, they understand that, or at least realize it. I could easily write “hood books”, and while there is nothing wrong with them because those stories need to be told too, my niche is to break the mold and show a different side of the African American genre.

Book Title :: Love and Happiness

So what's it about? :: Karen is cheating on her husband Chris, with not one man, but two. On the outside, her life seems perfect, but on the inside Karen feels neglected. Out of fear of losing Chris and breaking up her family, Karen ends the affairs but when Karen's dirty secrets are revealed,
Karen must decide if she should sacrifice her happiness for her husband's love, and Chris wonders if he should stay with Karen because he still loves her despite her infidelity.

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Excerpt from Love & Happiness by Ben Burgess
He tugged on my lingerie to take it off. I couldn't hide my smile. His hands hungrily roamed my body.
"Easy, baby. Enjoy what you're looking at."
I felt  self-conscious  as  he  groped  me  because  his  earlier comment about me looking chunky kept replaying in my mind. We made love.I used a lot of the new ideas I learned to spice things up, but he didn't seem to notice. Chris always has the decency to make sure I cum, but again we ended up having another  quickie  because  he  had  to  wake  up  early  the next morning. He rolled over on his side and went to sleep almost immediately after. I frowned, shook my head and stared at the ceiling. Was it me? Is this how marriage was supposed to be? Had we both gotten too comfortable? I decided I'd start going to the gym and get a personal trainer. I hoped working with a trainer would change me enough that even Chris would have to say something positive about it.I didn't imagine how much it would change me.
© Ben Burgess Jr
TITLE – Love and Happiness
AUTHOR – Ben Burgess Jr.
GENRE – African American Fiction/ Urban Fiction
PUBLICATION DATE – April 24th 2015
LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 240 Pages
PUBLISHER – Self Published (CreateSpace/IngramSpark)
COVER ARTIST – Leah Friday

Just in case you missed it, my Review of Love & Happiness  (caution... its rated R)

What do you have coming up? :: Right now, I'm working on my next novel "Daddy's Girl" I'm also working on writing a screen play for my novel "Love and Happiness".  My dream in life is to have one of my novels adapted to film.

Where can readers purchase your books or content? :: Readers can purchase
my book at these links:
Barnes and Nobles/Nook:
Google Play Store:
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Nook/Barnes and Nobles:
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Who are your favorite author (s)? :: Eric Jerome Dickey, Richard Wright, Zane, and  Carl Weber

Any words to live by for new writers? :: There will be times when you want to give up. There will be times when people talk bad about your book or sales might be low. Never give up. Believe in yourself and believe in your work. Listen to critiques and push your pride to the side. It doesn't matter how great of a writer you believe you are, you can always improve. There will be those who will not be fans of your writing, but you should never give up. Keep improving and learning your craft.

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“Goodbye, Raheem.” 
“Don’t go like this,” he pleaded. 
“We can’t do this anymore.” 
I walked out of the room. I got in my car and cried the entire ride home. When I pulled into the driveway, I dried my eyes and gathered my composure. Chris was sitting in the living room watching the news. I walked up to him and kissed him passionately. I started to take off his clothes. 
“Damn babe, what’s got you hot like this?” 
“I need you... Now.” 
The girls were already in bed, so I fucked him right there in the living room. I needed to be penetrated by Chris. Every stroke felt like I was letting go, releasing the hold and feelings Tyrell and Raheem had on my heart. I kept picturing Tyrell and Raheem instead of Chris. I felt ashamed of myself for thinking of other men when my husband was making love to me. Chris was swelling inside me. I knew he was close. As much as I enjoyed having raw sex with him, we couldn’t risk having more kids. I pulled him out of me, maneuvering myself, so his manhood was directly in front of my face. I palmed his ass and pushed his hips forward taking him in my mouth. I sucked and sucked and sucked. His orgasm spewed into my mouth. I milked his dick and swallowed every drop. I felt guilty; my eyes filled with tears. Chris noticed. 
“You okay, babe?” 
Chris looked concerned. 
“Yeah... It was just so intense.” 
“I loved it.” 
I forced myself to smile and rushed upstairs to shower. I turned the hot water on until the steam fogged up all of the mirrors. I didn’t want to see myself. I adjusted the water temperature, took off my clothes and stepped inside. 
In the shower, I cried until my throat was sore. I felt disgusting. I felt horrible. All the guilt from cheating crashed down on me all at once. I had no one to talk to. I always showed my friends my strength. I never let them see me during troubled times because I tried to portray myself as a strong woman that had her shit together. But I was falling apart at the seams.

Thank you for joining author Ben Burgess Jr as his book tour stops by She Reads. Hope you enjoyed!


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