Gerald Freeman left England at the age of 19, bored with his prospects and in search of something to do with the rest of his life. He hitched around Europe for seven years, allowing fate to guide the way and he very soon realized there could never be enough years to do all the things he wanted. Gerry would like his writing to inspire people to go out and follow their dreams, instead of settling for a life that is under stimulating and does not allow them to reach their full potential. Gerald also expresses himself through sculpture, but the objective is the same: to meet and identify with people all over the planet and share experiences about the enigma of life.
Q: Congratulations on the release of your latest book, Kill Daddy. What was your inspiration for it?
A: After spending two years living with the African people in Kenya and Uganda, I returned to live and work in Portugal. I quickly discovered that people were genuinely interested in my journey and would ask me all the time the same question: What was Africa like? For some months, I tried my best to paraphrase a roller coaster of emotions and events into an intelligent and considered answer, and I just could not do the countries, or the people justice. I, therefore, decided that I had to tell the whole story.
Q: Tell us something interesting about your protagonist.
A: Well, I would say I have lived an interesting life. I travelled for many years, using my drum as a bag and hitch-hiking as my mode of transport. I saw so many crazy and wonderful things, and lived with so many different people that I have memories and stories to tell, for years to come. My life on the road taught me not to believe in coincidences, and I am a strong believer in our spirituality.
Q: How was your creative process like during the writing of this book and how long did it take you to complete it? Did you face any bumps along the way?
A: Kill Daddy began as an adventure story, and it was great fun reliving all those crazy moments in Africa, even the ones which were horrific at the time. However, halfway through the book, I realized I was telling only half the story. The part which was missing was, why I went wandering around the world on my own, in the first place. It was boring to have to relive some of those moments I had spent years blocking out, but I have to be honest if I want others to value my work. It was written and rewritten over a period of two years.
Q: How do you keep your narrative exciting throughout the creation of a novel?
A: I try not to have too many lulls and by combining different facets. For example, something exciting can happen, but also something exciting can be said, or heard, or implied and so on. I am becoming more skillful at this with practice.
Q: Do you experience anxiety before sitting down to write? If yes, how do you handle it?
A: I have not suffered with this, so far. If I feel uninspired, I force myself to write one sentence and then it all comes flowing.
Q: What is your writing schedule like and how do you balance it with your other work and family time?
A: I write during the day Mon-Fri and squeeze bits in over the weekends. I am lucky, in that my wife and I have found a good balance.
Q: How do you define success?
A: I feel successful because I have found my soulmate, and because I am with the right woman, I feel that everything which follows is part of our destiny together. I also cannot look back and say I wish I had done things differently. Of course, there are isolated incidents I regret, but overall, I am happy with the path I chose.
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring writers whose spouses or partners don’t support their dreams of becoming an author?
A: To be honest, I find it difficult to imagine any artist being able to live with someone who doesn’t support them, for very long.
Q: George Orwell once wrote: “Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.” Do you agree?
A: I completely agree that there is a force within you telling you to do what you do, and to ignore it would be like denying your true destiny, and life is much too important to me to do that.
Q: Anything else you’d like to tell my readers?
A: I hope people can relate to the issues covered in my stories, and that they are inspired to live the lives they dream of. I also hope, I can raise awareness in certain areas, and perhaps even do some good.
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