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Exclusive Interview with Andy Ruffett
Today, we're doing something a little different. This is our 23rd
guest author interview on the Marie Lavender's Books! blog, and fellow author
Andy Ruffett is visiting us.
Hi. Thank you for having me today.
Oh, it's my pleasure! Can you tell us a
little bit about your book? When did it come out and where can we get it?
The Wrongdoer is about a boy who falls in love with a girl. But there's a catch:
the boy who bullies the boy (Michael Roberts) also likes the girl (Cindy). It
came out September 3, 2013 and it's on Amazon.com
and Amazon Canada, I believe.
Did anything prompt this book? Something that inspired you?
This is the first novel I ever wrote. It was for a girl who never
dated me, but it's a brilliant book.
Great! I love the way the creative process
So...when did you know you wanted to
write? Or has it always been a pastime of yours?
Grade 4. But yes, it's always been a pastime of mine.
That's cool. I love to hear about an author's
Let's try another question, all right?
Do you write in a specific place? Or time of
Places vary and so do times. I prefer writing in the morning or
midday, but sometimes the evening shocks me with ideas.
Fascinating! Myself? I'm more of a night owl. I
don't know why night is conducive to creativity.
Well, Andy, are there any words you'd like to
impart to fellow writers? Any advice?
Keep writing and reading and never give
That's excellent advice. Thank you!
And thanks so much for stopping by, Andy! It was
such a pleasure to have you here. :)
Readers, here is the blurb for The Wrongdoer.
Michael Roberts is a 14-year-old boy and a loser who feels that he
is unwanted in the world. Since Grade 1, Mike has been bullied by the same boy,
Bradley Brock. But then things get really twisted around when Mike is pushed down the stairs
and sees the girl of his dreams, the same girl Bradley likes. Bullying has been taken to a higher level and love has never been so twisted.
Here is an excerpt.
As soon as Mike’s mother heard those words, she
“Is this true?” cried Bradley’s mom, looking
disgustedly at her son.
informed Ms. Charles. “Why don’t you tell us what else happened, Mike?” Mike
could not bear it anymore as he looked up at the smiling giant. He remained
silent. So Ms. Charles continued.
As Ms. Charles
explained what had happened during lunch, Mike looked at Cindy. He didn’t need
to hear what Ms. Charles was saying; she was probably lying anyway. As she went
on about the afternoon, Mike mouthed the words Why are you here? to
Cindy. He wasn’t sure if she was able to identify his lip movements since she
principal finished, she asked Bradley, “What’s your side of the story?” Mike
looked at Bradley; he looked like he was on the verge of tears and his parents
looked like they wanted to hurt Bradley in all the ways he had hurt Mike.
Bradley didn’t know what to say. In the end he said, “I felt stupid that I
didn’t have any friends so I thought that if I bullied kids I’d get friends.”
you’ve learned your lesson, right, honey?” asked his mother hopefully.
nodded. His mother sighed with relief. “Well, we’re happy you won’t do it
again. Right, honey?” asked his mother nudging Bradley’s father. His father
nodded obediently like a dog in fear of being kicked if he didn’t obey. Bradley
smiled. Mike couldn’t believe what was happening. His mother was so gullible.
Mike wondered if Bradley’s father, had he spoken out, would have shared a
different opinion than his wife’s. To Mike, it seemed he didn’t have a choice
as if he married her in fear. Bradley glared at Mike. It was the glare of
pain that seemed to communicate: I always win, Mike.
Definitely a riveting story here! I want to find
out what happens next...
Thanks again for visiting us on the MLB blog,
Andy, and telling us all about The Wrongdoer! :)
Readers, don't forget to pick up your copy of The
Andy Ruffett is a proficient writer who has
written many books. Currently he attends York University and is pursuing a
Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and English. However, if he is still not
published in print from that, he plans to attend teachers' college in hopes to
one day become an English teacher.