Book Tour: The Night Budda Got Deep In It~ Author Interview

12 September 2012

Welcome to my stop on The Night Budda Got Deep In It Tour. Brought to you by Innovative Online Tours. Here you can read a synopsis of the book, read a great interview with the author, Ron Smith, and learn a little more about him from his bio. Don’t forget to visit the other blogs on this tour for more information about this book and author.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Smith for stopping by and answering a few questions for us!


Do you write under a pen name?
No, But I have a list of names to use in case I decide differently.
*Dystopian thriller: R.W. Zamton
*Period romance: Reginald Magwaite
*CIA Thriller: Mason Q Blackstone
*Western: Cane Tharp

What day were you born?
The same day my mother was screaming and cursing my father, swearing she would never go through that again. It was a good day for me, though.

Do you have a nickname?
I have some college buddies who still call me Snoog. I don’t remember how the name originated, but I’m sure the story isn’t worthy of a respectable blog like this.

Did you have a favorite toy as a child?
My brother.

Do you ever write in your PJ’s?
I might consider it if I owned a pair of PJs. Do they still sell those? I might have to look into that.

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
I would definitely go back in time. I think I would seem pretty smart depending on how far back I went, but I’m fairly partial to indoor plumbing. That would limit me a bit.

If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
Five people who would eat my cooking without complaining. That’s a pretty small list. I’d probably get along pretty good with Gandhi, though, because I suspect his eating standards would be pretty low. The fact he’s dead is a small detail.

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
My three favorite possessions right now are my iPad, bicycle and Fender Stratocaster. So, unless the island has a power source, I’m pretty well screwed with the iPad and guitar. I’m guessing most deserted islands wouldn’t be conducive to cycling either.

What is one book everyone should read?
Goodnight Moon. It doesn’t get much better.

If you were a superhero what would your name be?
Tolerably Decent Guy

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Patience. Where I’m concerned, that’s a nearly unattainable power.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
The kind that tastes great but has no fat or sugar in it. What? There isn’t one like that? That explains the size of my gut.

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
I would pick any of my grandparents. I would love one last conversation with them.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
A whole wheat waffle soaked in syrup and butter.

Night owl, or early bird?
Early, early bird.

Pet Peeves?
Exclamation points

One food you would never eat?

Skittles or M&Ms?
M&Ms. Skittles are fruit flavored. You can get fruit anytime without having it in the form of a little pill.
The Night Budda Got Deep In It cover

Fifteen-year-old Budda Jessico would first have to be noticed to be unpopular. Instead, he leads an unremarkable and anonymous life in suburban St. Louis where he lives with his over-protective father and his bullying older brother. Then, at the urging of Blood Mama, a voice only Budda hears, he catches a bus to Kentucky to rescue his former foster sister, Addie.

As soon as Budda reaches Louisville, he goes to a McDonald’s for the first time in his life where he meets the resolute Baresha, a fellow runaway on her own adventure. Then Budda’s mission to find his sister goes awry. He hitches a ride to Valkyrie, Addie’s hometown, in hopes of saving her from some danger Blood Mama won’t reveal. Instead, Budda encounters her blood kin, led by the ominous Odyn Starkwether and his violent brother Dickie.

A drug shipment controlled by the Starkwethers has disappeared and so has Addie. The brothers have a mess to clean up, and Budda is soon in the middle of it. At first, Budda goes along willingly, if it will help him find Addie. Before long, though, Budda realizes it’s sometimes better to stay put.
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About this author
I started my adult life as a journalist, but gave it up when I realized I wasn't going to become Walter Cronkite. I grew up in small towns in Missouri and Iowa, which make my adopted hometown of Louisville look like Manhattan.

I envy the dialogue of Daniel Woodrell, the sense of place of Silas House, and how Wendell Berry makes writing seem deceptively easy. I appreciate Elmore Leonard for being Elmore Leonard. I don't write like anyone but me.


Visit some other blogs on the tour to learn more about this book and Ron Smith
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  1. Your book sounds really interesting and so do you.

  1. Thank you, Katherine. And thank you, Melissa, for the fun questions.

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