Interview with Ronan Jackson Jefferson

What's the story behind your latest book?
[p.s. visit me on Facebook @ RONAN JACKSON JEFFERSON, or email me:]

Okay, here we go.

I crossed paths with Derek Helton 3 years ago. Truth be told, I heard of Derek Helton, 3 years ago, in Minneapolis. In a bar. From a girl. From a girl who had been caught up in the Thirty-One Days of December, the latest urban legend cycling through the great states. Thirty-one days. Thirty-one different girls. One guy. The December to Remember.

I could not believe what she was telling me. Was she insane? Infatuated? Seeking vengeance? Stoned on some drug I had never heard of? Her story was crazy. This guy Derek Helton, was proving to be some kind of legend. Good, bad and evil.

As a student of writing and journalism, I decided to track him down, to see if any of this could be true. I chased the legend of Derek Helton to a small, upper mid-western town. The stories were fantastic! The women. The scorecards. The rankings. The scandal. The defeat. The heartbreak. The loss of his job, his reputation, his family and friends. The days and weeks after, the mental break, and the voyage into the underground. The monumental struggle to survive against an incredible foe. A true life and death struggle.

UNBELIEVABLE, was the one and only thought running through my mind. I spoke with people who knew of him, and people who knew him. People who were intimately connected to the Thirty-One Days. Corroboration, indeed. This actually happened! Holy shit. Not just an urban legend, anymore.

This was mind-bending for me. And that's when the book idea was born. And not just any book. Not a candy coated version. Thirty-One Days was going to be real. Stripped down. Naked. Raw. Not a single punch would be pulled. Not a tiny bit of lip gloss would be applied. Women. Men. Sex. Desire. Conquest. Violence. Madness. Everything.

The result is in these pages. And no kidding, if you are easily offended, stay away. Far away. For this is a journey you might not want to take.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The love of reading, both mainstream and off the wall stories.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
This is my first venture with Smashwords. I am totally impressed by everything they have done thus far.

Success? Depends on your definition. I am alive and breathing and creating in the best country in the world. That is success.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Bringing pages, or a computer tablet to life, with a great, engrossing, challenging, 'kick your teeth in' story.
What do your fans mean to you?
When I get them, I will let you know.................
What are you working on next?
I am exploring the horror genre next. It has always been one of my favorites.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King. Lee Child. Gord Rollo. Michael Crichton.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The day itself. The challenges ahead. And the privilege of being alive in this country.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading. Walking. Observing. Watching a little TV [Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Falling Skies]
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Smashwords or Amazon.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was one page. In grade 3. About an abandoned, broken down car in the back of our school yard. And the creepy guy who slept in it.
How do you approach cover design?
I use the best e-designer in the business.

If you are interested in his work, email me:

I will hook you up.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Hearts in Atlantis.
Jigsaw Man
Gone Tomorrow
Air Frame
Good Times
What do you read for pleasure?
Right now, mostly horror.
Published 2013-12-31.
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Books by This Author

Thirty-One Days
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 164,440. Language: American English. Published: January 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
(5.00 from 1 review)
26 year old Derek Helton accepts the challenge of a lifetime. The challenge involves 31 women and 31 days. Can one man’s life get any better? Somewhere along his incredible journey, Derek breaks badly. He falls so far off the path he cannot find his way back. And in the deep, dark underground, he begins a life and death struggle against a formidable foe.