Monster by Ben Burgess Jr.
Oh goodness, what a morning, and here we are with a new tour on Out of Control Characters. Today, we're hosting Ben Burgess, Jr about his book, Monster.
First, we'll meet Ben and find out everything there is to know about him:
Ben Burgess Jr is the author of the new novel "Monster" and the author of the poetry book "Times Have Changed and Life is Strange" 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" is currently used in two schools in 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.
Of course you want to know where to find Ben on the web, and here it is:
Monster is certainly an interesting story. Here we have an excerpt:
The head board is hitting the wall in my bedroom. Loud moans, heavy breathing, and sounds of the bed creaking are permeating the room. I’m in a trance. Krissy is experiencing both ecstasy, and pain as I’m doing her doggie style. With each thrust I wanted to go through her. I wanted her to feel the pain that I was feeling. The whole time, all I could think about was Ashley. Every thrust, I wanted to kill the weakness that I felt. I wanted to callous that soft spot in my heart that I had for her. Krissy tried to turn her head to look at me, but I pulled her by her hair. I didn’t want to be looked at. I couldn’t even look at myself right now.
“Oh my god Ken, Oh my …”
Krissy came, and cursed loudly. I pumped away, harder and faster until I came. We lay in the bed together panting.
“Are you ok?”
“I… I just worry about you. You scare me sometimes.”
“I know there’s something on your mind. You weren’t with me. I mean you were with me in the physical sense, but you weren’t with me mentally, emotionally. What’s wrong?”
“I…I’m fine. I got a couple things stressing me out, but nothing I can’t handle. I’ll be alright.”
“Kenny you know you can talk to me about anything right?”
“Well I’m here for you. You can tell me anything.”
I didn’t doubt that she would listen to my problems and be that sympathetic ear for me to vent to, but I didn’t want someone to vent to. I needed more. I needed to escape. I slept with more women. With each one I was able to forget about my insecurities, my anger, my sadness, each new woman that I touched gave me a sense of power, and control. Even if it were only temporary, that feeling of euphoria that I got from pleasing them made me feel loved. While I had the pretend feeling of love, it didn’t hide the fact that the hole in my heart that Bri and Ashley had left from hurting me was getting bigger and bigger. Nothing was filling it or making it better. I preyed on women who were beautiful yet materialistic, because at least I knew what I was going into. They were using me, and I was using them. I would go to bars, and clubs, wear my Armani outfits, dangle my car keys, and watch as dumb materialistic women would flock to me. I would screw some of them in the back seat of my car or in the bathrooms of the places I met them.
I had the opportunity to read this book, and I have to say it was way outside my comfort zone, but I found myself liking Ken, empathizing with his need to hurt others as he himself was hurt.
Here are my thoughts on this book:
Kenny Ferguson was the guy every girl had as their friend, but nothing more, while in school. He endured bullying, shame, loneliness, but never true love. Then his girl, Bri, dumped him, and he felt true heartbreak. Determined to never again feel so alone, so much pain, he decided to use women as they've used him. The one night stands, the broken promises, the juggling of encounters with no tomorrow – until reality bites him in a way he never expected.
Ben Burgess Jr. weaves a tale of a man on the hunt for what he believes is sexual satisfaction. The encounters are all use on his end, even when the women want commitment. Yet, throughout this tale, Burgess also plants the thought there is more to life, more to experience. Through his craft, Burgess brings the reader to the reality of life, to the deepness of true love. This book is about growth, and about deep final relationships. I would recommend it to everyone looking for that special relationship.
In fact, I was so enthralled with this book, I just had to do a character interview, so onto the fun!
First, we talk to Ben:
1. Talk to us about Monster
If you're looking for a new novel to satisfy your emotional needs after reading 50 shades of Grey or you're looking for a new sexy, raw, and gritty book to satisfy your intellectual appetite then you need to read "Monster". Monster is hot, sexy, and true to life, with smooth dialogue and intriguing situations that are sure to have you literally having discussions and debates with your friends, co-workers and family. Monster not only makes readers examine their own behaviors, but the street savvy humor and distinct characters are sure to help you connect with and feel like you are actually part of the story. The words on the cover say it all. Sex, Love, Deceit, Betrayal, and Pain, this book takes us into the life of Ken Ferguson. Ken is the son of a womanizer, and has spent his life trying not to follow in the footsteps of his father. After numerous heart breaks and bad relationship, Ken slowly begins his transformation. Ken engages in threesomes, sex in public places, affairs with married women, mistreating and manipulating conquest after conquest, drowning himself in his promiscuity. Will Ken learn to let go of his heartbreaks, or will he be consumed by them and continue to be a MONSTER?
2. Author Bio
Ben Burgess Jr. is the author of the new novel "Monster" and the author of the poetry book "Times Have Changed and Life is Strange" 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" is currently used in two schools in 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.
Now, we're talking to Ken:
1. Introduce yourself to our readers. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?
My Name is Ken Ferguson. This story is about my trials and tribulations, my love and love lost, my transformation from being the nice guy that everyone walked all over to becoming a manipulative, calculating, and at some point cold individual. What is important to know about me is that there were a lot of factors that molded me into being that way. My childhood, my family life, my insecurities, my dating experience, all formed the perfect storm and helped to turn me into a MONSTER.
2. What do you think about the author? Tell us everything. We want to know.
I think he did a good job showing my thoughts, and explaining why I did the thing that I did. I liked how he shows my evolution as a person throughout the book.
3. What are your feelings about this story?
I love the story because the story is real, honest, and a story I feel that a lot of people can relate to. We all have different ways that we deal with events and stress in our lives. You can either learn from them and evolve or be consumed by them and regress. I feel that all experiences help to mold us into the people we are destined to be, but it’s important to constantly reflect on your life to see if you are doing things that are beneficial to your life. This story teaches a lot of lessons. It teaches us that every action has a consequence, it teaches us that after a traumatic experience, we need to truly heal or we will bring that negativity into other aspects of our lives, and it shows that we need to be mindful of our actions because we never know how they will affect other people. I think if people have an open mind when reading this story and don’t look at it as just me having sex with women; they will see that there is a really deep story here.
4. How do you feel about being a character in this book?
At first I was a little skeptical because I didn’t want people to look at me negatively, but I think the author did a good job with telling my story.
5. You had to keep reminding yourself to be hard with women. Do you believe you were never as bad as you thought yourself to be?
I think deep down I knew what I was doing was wrong, but I was so tired of being hurt that I felt that being hard on women would prevent me from having future heartbreak. The sad part is that everyone usually sees themselves as a good guy/girl, but sometimes we have to look back on our actions and re-evaluate our character.
6. Your transformation near the end was a beginning of a better life. Do you see yourself returning to old habits if your life falters again? Or have you learned bad things can happen and you don't need to hurt people as badly as you feel you were hurt?
I think I’ve learned from my past. As the Papa Roach song “Scars” says, “Our scars remind us that the past is real!” My scars will always be in the back of my mind. They will always be a part of me, but I have evolved. I’m better now than the person I was back then. Our lives don’t move backwards, they only move forward. Regressing to old habits wouldn’t make my life any better, and hurting people that I care about caused me to be alone. I never want to go through that again.
7. Say a movie producer comes knocking. What actor/actress would you want to play you and why?
First off, I would LOVE if a movie producer made this book into a movie. As far as an actor to play me, I would like Tyrese Gibson (Four Brothers/Transformers/Fast and the Furious) or Lyriq Bent(Saw IV) to play me because they have a similar skin complexion to me, they are in great shape, and I think they are both talented actors who would have a great appeal with women.
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Thanks for coming today, Ben, and we hope you have more books like Monster in your future!