Blog Tour: Author Interview: Reunion by Jeff Bennington

Welcome to Author Jeff Bennington.

Bio:

I live in Central Indiana with my wife, four children and two stray cats. I obsess over details, dream strange dreams and teach a creative writing course for a homeschool co-op. Look for my upcoming paranormal thriller, Act of Vengeance, coming in late 2011.

I grew up in Saginaw Michigan, moved to Aurora, Ohio in 78′ and finally settled in Central Indiana where I met my wife and graduated from Indiana University. I’m an occasional runner, life long drummer, and household handyman. Over the years, I’ve done everything from working on an assembly line, installing HVAC units, teaching Sunday school, to running my own business. But through it all, I’ve always loved to write.

http://www.jeffbennington.com


Interview:

How would you describe the target audience for your book?
I think the target audience for my book, would be anyone who enjoys thrillers, supernatural thrillers or suspense. If you’re in love with vampires and zombies, this might not be your thing….but then again, it could be, because REUNION is a mixed genre. It covers the thriller, horror, romance, supernatural, and suspenseful ghost genres.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
It’s a toss-up between cookie dough and mint-chocolate chip.

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
I’d like to spend more time with my grandpa Bennington. He died when I was young. Everyone used to call him Bookstore Grandpa. I remember how nice he was to everyone and I loved the smell of his pipe.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Biscuits and gravy.

Night owl, or early bird?
Night owl without a doubt. I work nights: Two days on, two days off, etc. I have the worst schedule known to man. I love it.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
You should read REUNION because it will consume your emotions, but leave you fully satisfied, like finishing a marathon.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I’m working on a book called Federal Underground, but it’s so secret that the NSA has got my MS in a red file and they are outside my front door watching as we speak.

My next goal is to get Act of Vengeance edited and ready for publication before Christmas.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
The most enjoyable experience since I’ve been published has been reading the reviews that REUNION has received. This book is really impacting my readers, most of which have been reviewers/book bloggers and that makes my work very rewarding.

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world… which would it be?
The fourth Kind. I’d really like to know how much of that was real.

What is your dream cast for your book?
If money was no object??
Tanner: Owen Wilson
Maria: Salma Hayek
Lana: Reese Witherspoon (as a brunette)
Noah: Clive Owen
Kate: Kate Winslet
Nick: Russell Crowe
Bryan: Timothy David Olyphant
David: ???

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
No. But I did write the lyrics inside the book that goes along with Metallica’s “Sandman” melody.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Write a lot. Read a lot. Work hard at learning the craft, with humility and thick skin.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
I always struggled with that one, but there was a time when I wanted to be a stuntman.

If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to play the lead role and why?
Leonardo DiCaprio, because he has a big smile and I was always a big smiler. Also, he can play a serious and goofy role…I’m both.

How did you know you should become an author?
When I finally decided to investigate writing as a hobby, it immediately clicked with me. I always enjoyed writing but never thought of it as who I am or something to do for fun. When I wrote my first non-fiction and then fiction, I fell in love.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
Yes. There is a lot of me in Tanner.

What’s the craziest writing idea you’ve had?
I don’t know if you’d call it crazy, but I want to do a compilation of short stories based on my favorite songs from the eighties!

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
A couple years back, two reviewers said I had “Poor writing skills.” Those words changed me, sending me on a quest to have ninja writing skills.

Hidden talent?
I’ve been playing drums for 30 years.

Favorite Food?
Surf-n-Turf. Lobster & Fillet

How do you react to a bad review?
Cry. No actually, I don’t do that any more. I take it in and try to figure out what I can do to fix it. I don’t look at bad reviews as a bad thing, because they are the only ones who will tell you what your weaknesses are.

Thanks for the interview and opportunity to share my life with your readers.

As part of the Blog Tour for his book Reunion Jeff is giving away a Kindle.
CLICK HERE for details on how to enter.

Synopsis:
David Ray killed eight students and then turned the gun on himself. He thought the shooting and suicide would fix his world. It didn’t. The massacre threw Tanner Khan and the other survivors into chaos.

Twenty years later, Tanner and his fellow classmates reluctantly agree to hold a reunion to lay the past to rest. Although they suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, they come back to their hometown and reunite in the defunct school building. Old flames are rekindled, fears are ignited, and their lives are about to explode in a whirlwind of memories, haunted by the spirit of David Ray.

Once they’re inside the school, they discover that a dark entity has joined them. It has come to collect a debt, long overdue, and someone has to pay. Will Tanner and his classmates overcome their fears, putting the pieces of their lives back together, or will they be consumed by their worst nightmare?

REUNION is a supernatural thriller that digs deep into the world of school shootings, bullying, and the long-term effects post-traumatic stress disorder. This multi-genre thriller has, at times, elements of the supernatural, horror, romance, and certainly suspense, without disregard for the trauma that many survivors deal with the rest of their lives.