Monday, December 18, 2017

Meet A.A. Freda, Author of 'A Police Action'

AA Freda is an award-winning author. He’s written several novels with a third to be released in the first half of 2018.

His first novel, Goodbye Rudy Kazoody, an award winner, is a coming of age work about a group of teenagers growing work about a group of teenagers growing up in a New York City neighbourhood during the early 1960's was acclaimed by the critics.

His second piece and just released, A Police Action is another coming of age story about two confused young adults caught up during the free love and Vietnam era of the late 1960's.
The inspiration for his books are always his lifelong experiences and people he’s met along the way.
Freda was born in Italy but grew up in New York City and now resides in Easton, CT, a suburb of New York City that offers him a tranquil environment that allows him to keep his finger on the pulse of the city he loves so much. A graduate of Bernard Baruch College at the City University in New York, he has served as an adjunct professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Freda also served in Vietnam the subject matter of A Police Action. In addition to writing, in his spare time, Freda enjoys fishing, hiking, climbing and shooting pool.  
Mayra Calvani: Please tell us about A Police Action, and what compelled you to write it.
AA Freda A Police Action is a coming of age novel set during the tumultuous late 1960’s. It’s a story of two confused young adults caught up in a senseless war.
What compelled me to write this book is my own experiences going off to the war. I wanted to give the readers a sense of what that experience was like. 
M.C.: What is your book about?
A.A. My book is about two young people starting out and trying to make sense of their lives. Complicating the process is a small war going on in Southeast Asia involving some two million soldiers. A war that our country, for political reasons, refused to even call a war. A Police Action is what our government called this illegal war.
The story details the conflict that these two young adults faced with the war and societies conventions. Sex, living alone, abortions, death and love are all brought out in this story. Can these two-people overcome these life and death situations and manage to hold on to each other? Can they find the love and fulfilment in their lives that they are seeking?
M.C.:  What themes do you explore in A Police Action?
A.A. There are two major themes in A Police Action. The romantic relationship of two young adults. And the going off to war by one of the protagonist.  
M.C.:  Why do you write?
A.A. I love to let my imagination rune free. And, I enjoy telling a good story.
M.C.:  When do you feel the most creative?
A.A. It is hard to say. A good idea can strike me at any time. Generally, in the morning when I first wake up is the best. Sometimes a story comes to me when I’m hiking.
M.C.:  How picky are you with language?
A.A. Not very picky at all. I try to get in my character’s head and search for the best way to describe that character’s thoughts to the reader. I’m not impressed when an author tries to impress readers with his knowledge of the English language. What difference does it make? It’s the story that counts. 
M.C.:  When you write, do you sometimes feel as though you were being manipulated from afar?
A.A. If from afar you mean by the characters in your head then I’m being manipulated.
M.C.:  What is your worst time as a writer?
A.A. When the editor wants to cut out completely an important character or event in your book and the realization sits in that the editor may be right. And the result of course is a major rewrite.
M.C.:  Your best?
A.A. The best is when I hear back from a reader that they enjoyed my story.
M.C.:  Is there anything that would stop you from writing?
A.A. Death maybe. Falling into a coma.
M.C.: What’s the happiest moment you’ve lived as an author?
A.A. When I published my first novel Goodbye Rudy Kazoody and was told by my brutally honest best friend that he enjoyed the book.
M.C.:  Is writing an obsession to you?
A.A. It wasn’t always but it is now. I cannot imagine a moment that I wouldn’t be writing.
M.C.:  Are the stories you create connected with you in some way?
A.A. Yes, all my stories are of people I’ve met during my life time. Events that I have personally experienced or witnessed. Goodbye Rudy Kazoody, my first novel, is a story of teenagers growing up in New York City during the 1960’s. Something that I experienced personally. A Police Action, my current work, is a tale of a young man going off to Vietnam. Once again and experience that I personally had.  
M.C.:  Ray Bradbury once said, “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” Do you agree?
A.A. Well I’m not sure that I live in reality anyway. I love drifting off into my imaginary world and writing about that world. I agree with Ray, very often reality does get in the way. 
M.C.:  Do you have a website or blog where readers can find out more about you and your work?
A.A. Yes, I do have a web site it is I also take comments from readers on Goodreads.

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