I’m excited to host this month’s RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB’S “SPOTLIGHT” Author Blog Tour with Bernard Foong!
My writing process:
The Truth Will Set You Free is base on a real incident I encounted during my teenage school years. This incident was etched in my mind for as long as I can remember. I am compelled to include this incident in the opening chapter of A Harem Boy’s Saga – II – Unbridled; a memoir by Young.
The Truth Will Set You Free is a mistaken identity short story about a gay teenager (moi, the author) at a Valentine Day’s party with a girl who had eyes for him (the author).
My writing inspiration:
The Truth Will Set You Free was inspired by my personal experience when I was a teenager in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I had befriended a female student from my sister school who had eyes for me. Little did I suspect that she would back me into an uncomfortable situation during a Valentine’s Day party at her home. I documented the actual incident in The Truth Will Set You Free; a novella by Young.
…After a series of invigorating dances with the party twins, I was ready to call it a night, but under Dorothy’s insistence, I stayed. Nobody at the party knew of my sexual inclinations except me. During a slow dance, Dorothy leaned her head against my chest. Although this intimate way of dancing was not new to me, I had no intention of leading my friend on. I tried to keep a polite distance. Dot, thought me shy and continued her aggressive approach. I had little choice but to go with the flow since she held me tight with no intention of letting me leave anytime soon. The moment arrived when her lips almost touched mine. She looked into my “eyes wide shut,” and expected romance to sparkle between us. I did not back away even though I did not feel the same as Dot. Since it was Valentine’s Day, I did not wish to upset her. I play-acted, as much as I could. In my mind, it was the correct thing to do. After all, I will be back to London in a week and would not be seeing my Malaysian friends for another year. To me, this was merely a moment in time to make my female friend feel good about herself.
Author Bio: Young alias Bernard Foong is, first and foremost, a sensitivist. He finds nuance in everything. To experience the world he inhabits is an adventure which is mystical, childlike and refreshing. He has a rare ability to create beauty in a unique fashion. His palettes have been material, paint, words and human experiences.
By Christine Maynard (screenwriter and novelist).
Foong just published A Harem Boy’s Saga – V – Metanoia; a memoir by Young – the final volume of his autobiographic five book series of Mr. Foong’s young life:
A Harem Boy’s Saga: A Memoir by Young.
This provocative story spanning 4 decades and 3 continents is about a boy who was sent to a very exclusive English boarding school in the 1960s where he was initiated into a clandestine sexual society and then spirited away to serve in wealthy and elite Middle Eastern harems .”
Ranked Internationally Best-Selling Author on amazon.com
A Harem Boy’s Saga – Book I – Initiation (a memoir by Young)
A Harem Boy’s Saga – Book II – Unbridled (sequel)
A Harem Boy’s Saga – Book III – Debauchery (3rd volume in the series))
A Harem Boy’s Saga – Book IV – Turpitude (4th volume in the series)
A Harem Boy’s Saga series is published by Solstice Publishing and is available in print and E-books internationally.
A Harem Boy’s Saga (series) – Film Option Agreement signed with a U.K. Film Production Company.
Book I – Initiation is currently in film production.