JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
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Claude M. Beauregard, author of The African Rises
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The African Rises is a fictional story drawing on past and present historic material. It takes a unique approach to examining how power is used by a minority to maintain their control over the vast resources of Africa in the post modern world. It does so using a modern interpretation of the trilogy of Ausar, Aset and Heru sometimes referred to as the Ausarian drama and the struggle for power between Ausar and his evil Brother Set in ancient Egypt.
The African Rises expands on the trilogy and uses it as a base to tell the story of an African male living in the United States who returns to Africa seeking to unify the continent. The story details the challenges faced by this individual to achieve that goal and the attempts by foreign powers to stop him.
The main character Sekhem must also deal with his own internal conflict and the great power he possesses on his own quest for spiritual freedom. The only question is will he complete his task in time and defeat a great and ancient evil that has also been watching his movements and waiting for a time to reveal its ultimate horror for humankind?
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write The African Rises?
Claude M. Beauregard: I got the idea for the book while learning how to read Hieroglyphs. I was always fascinated by the culture of Nuba and Kemet. But a lot of people especially African Americans seem uninterested in learning about this history as a whole. So I thought why not spruce it up and make it more interesting by incorporating this information in the form of an adventure story while also including some of the modern problems facing the African Diaspora.
JP: What sets The African Rises apart from other novels in its genre?
CB: It takes information from an ancient history and presents it in a form that as more appealing than simply reading dry facts. That can become boring very quickly. It also incorporates a lot of the religious beliefs of those ancient cultures.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to The African Rises getting out to the public?
CB: Just being tenacious and not giving up.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish The African Rises?
CB: I really don’t have a process. I kinda of let the story flow based on how I wanted to present the facts that the story was based upon. I know from experience that a lot of readers have had problems with chapter 3 of the book. It’s so in your face. We don’t like hearing the truth about how we screwed ourselves over.
JP: What’s next for Claude M. Beauregard?
CB: Business success in both marketing my patents and commercial real estate.
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