Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the current Backdoor Survival Spring 2014 Book Festival. R.P. Ruggiero, the author of Brushfire Plague: Reckoning, is joining us for an interview and is also providing one lucky reader with a free copy of his book.
I first got to know R.P. a couple of years back when he released his first book, Brushfire Plague. That was the very first book I had read in the survival genre and I became hooked. Back then, I did not have Book Festivals to share the latest and the greatest, but I did occasionally write up full blown reviews or, in the case of Brushfire Plague, an article about the lessons I learned while reading the book.
It gives me great pleasure to bring R.P. back and to reintroduce you to his lead character, Cooper Adams. Enjoy the interview and be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.
An Interview with R. P. Ruggiero
Tell me about your book, Brushfire Plague: Reckoning. What is it about?
Brushfire Plague: Reckoning continues the thrilling tale of a well-developed set of characters struggling to survive amid the devastating Brushfire Plague. After Cooper Adams tells the world the shocking truth about the origin of the catastrophic Brushfire Plague, he faces a series of dire consequences. Driven from his home by betrayal, he flees with his son and others to a remote hideaway. Their dangerous journey brings them face to face with a desperate world spiraling into collapse and new challenges that cost Cooper dearly.
He soon finds himself embroiled in a deadly conflict with a local strongman bent on domination of the local population. When he strikes a blow for freedom against this petty tyrant, he faces impossible choices in trying to save his son’s life – and to protect his innocence. Amidst their daily battle to survive, Cooper is shocked to learn that the Brushfire Plague has new layers of treachery and conspiracy that continue to upend their world.
Can Cooper Adams survive the violence, hunger, and a world racing toward Armageddon? What will it take to elude those pursuing him to silence the truth? Will his son survive and at what cost? How will Cooper resolve the growing tension between two women that offer their own set of impossible choices?
In the end, Cooper faces this reckoning with only a small band of trusted friends, his faith in the truth, and his fading hope that the crumbling world around them can somehow be salvaged.
What type of research did you have to do while writing your book?
I’ve been a prepper for over nine years now, so I utilized a lot of the research, knowledge, and training I’ve done to write a very compelling novel in its own right—but one that will impart valuable lessons to our community. I focus a lot on the group dynamics of people trying to survive in a collapse scenario—how to lead, how to manage conflict, and how to deal with other groups in this novel.
Beyond some of the “basics”, this brings a set of lessons and considerations for even very experienced preppers. My over twenty years of experience in training and leading others during exceptionally stressful situations served me well in writing.
How long did it take to write?
It took just over a year. I try to write high-quality fiction that is exciting, engages the readers, and really shows the characters’ depth and evolution. Based on the strong reviews from professionals and readers alike, I’m very glad I took the time!
Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading Brushfire Plague: Reckoning?
There’s a lot in Brushfire Plague: Reckoning. I hope readers will take home the basic message of the need to be prepared, certainly. But, I also hope your readers would think about and answer the question—what morals will guide you during a crisis? How will you hold on to your humanity during such an event? What does it mean to lead in such a situation?
One of the other core messages that Cooper Adams represents is: how important is the truth to you? And, what price are you willing to pay to serve it?
Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?
Beyond being a prepper myself and having a tremendous amount of experience in “survival leadership”. I’m a husband and father to two boys. I do a lot with the relationship between Cooper and his son in both novels…so my fatherhood experience comes across strongly. Cooper struggles to maintain some semblance of his son’s childhood during a tremendously difficult time.
Also, I care deeply about spreading the word about the need to prepare and Brushfire Plague and BP: Reckoning are both excellent “tools” to help get others thinking about prepping or to at least understand those of us who do!
As an author in the survival, prepping and/or homesteading niche, what are you personally preparing for?
I started out simply preparing myself and my family for short-term disruptions in society’s functioning. But, now I’m focused on longer-term survival—mainly for an economic collapse—and the scenario depicted in Brushfire Plague—a global pandemic. We are actually overdue for one and with global travel and ‘just-in-time’ delivery of food and goods to our stores, I’m convinced the next one will be extremely deadly and disruptive.
Do you have plans for another book?
Oh yes! I plan to release the third and final book in the Brushfire Plague trilogy early next year!
Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?
I’m glad they are readers of your writing! You do excellent work in helping folks prepare.
Get prepared folks—and remember that prepper fiction can be a great way to think through various scenarios, learn, and enjoy yourself while doing so! Finally, I hope they will read the Brushfire Plague series and spread the good word if they enjoy it!
The Book Giveaway
A copy of Brushfire Plague: Reckoning has been reserved for one lucky reader. I am borrowing today’s question from RP. Here it is:
How will you hold on to your humanity following an apocalyptic even such as a pandemic?
As with all of these giveaway questions, the idea is to make you think. There is no right or wrong answer and even an answer such as “I don’t know” is valid. Winners of all Backdoor Survival giveaways are chosen at random.
To enter the giveaway, you need to answer this week’s question by responding in the comments area at the end of this article. The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Wednesday with the winner notified by email and announced in the Sunday Survival Buzz. You will have 48 hours to claim the winning book.
Note: If you are reading this article in your email client, you must go to the Backdoor Survival website to enter this giveaway in the comments area at the bottom of the article.
The Final Word
I just love books that both entertain and make you think. As you follow the character development, books such as this one give you an opportunity to play out various scenarios of your own, giving impetus to the choices you might make in a similar situation. Will you emerge as a leader? Or are you better suited to be a trusted worker bee. The truth, of course, is that you will not know until the time comes, if it comes.
I hope you will enter the giveaway to win your own copy RP’s new book. It will entertain but will also make you think.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Spotlight Item: Brushfire Plague: Reckoning
After Cooper Adams tells the world the shocking truth about the origin of the catastrophic Brushfire Plague, he faces a series of dire consequences. Driven from his home by betrayal, he flees with his son and others to a remote hideaway. Their dangerous journey brings them face to face with a desperate world spiraling into collapse and new challenges that cost Cooper dearly.
Amidst their daily battle to survive, Cooper is shocked to learn that the Brushfire Plague has new layers of treachery and conspiracy that continue to upend their world. In the end, Cooper faces this reckoning with only a small band of trusted friends, his faith in the truth, and his fading hope that the crumbling world around them can somehow be salvaged.
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Spring 2014 Book Festival #5 – Fiction
Brushfire Plague: Reckoning
Through Many Fires: Strengthen What Remains
Flight of the Bowyer
The Jakarta Pandemic
The Perseid Collapse
Leaving The Trees
Fury of the Fifth Angel
Fugitives from Northwoods
Phoenix Island: A Tale of Disaster, Survival, and Rebirth
Spring 2014 Book Festival #5 – Non-Fiction
The Prepper’s Complete Book of Disaster Readiness: Life-Saving Skills, Supplies, Tactics and Plans
Simply Canning: Survival Guide to Safe Home Canning
The Prepper’s Pocket Guide: 101 Easy Things You Can Do to Ready Your Home for a Disaster
The Prepper’s Cookbook: 365 Recipes to Turn Your Emergency Food into Nutritious, Delicious, Life-Saving Meals
Jake and Miller’s Big Adventure: A Prepper’s Book for Kids
The Pantry Primer: How to Build a One Year Food Supply in Three Months
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