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 up in a New York City neighborhood 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.

Book description: A Police Action 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 fulfillment in their lives that they are seeking?

INTERVIEW:

Were you an avid reader as a child? What type of books did you enjoy reading?

Yes, I was an avid reader growing up. I remember going to the West Farms library and checking out six books every month. The maximum that they would aloe me to check out. Not an easy task as the library was two miles from my house.

My mom coming into my room at four in the morning to shut the lights and tell me to stop reading and go to bed.

Tell us a bit about your latest book, and what inspired you to write such a story.

My latest book is A Police Action. It is based on my experience of when I was ordered to ship out to a war in Southeast Asia during the tumultuous late 1960’s.

I wanted to let the readers know what it was like for confused two young adults trying to forge a life together with a war standing in the way.

How would you describe your creative process while writing this book? Was it stream-of-consciousness writing, or did you first write an outline?

Having lived through the experience, no outline was necessary. It was all from memory. I did spend a considerable amount of time researching other writings about my unit that shipped to Vietnam. I wanted to get the facts correctly. This was somewhat painful for me as it brought back some suppressed memories.

Did your book require a lot of research?

As said above having lived through the experience not much research was necessary. However, I did read written accounts of other soldiers who were in my unit. I wanted to get the dates, the battles and the locations correctly.

What type of writer are you—the one who experiences before writing, like Hemingway, or the one who mostly daydreams and fantasizes?

I am the Hemingway type. All my books feature experiences that I’ve had and places that I have been along the way. A Police Action follows the action of my time with the 1st brigade, 5th infantry division from the time they began their training for the war in April 1968 to the time after our protagonist comes home in March 1969.

Agatha Christie got her best ideas while eating green apples in the bathtub. Steven Spielberg says he gets his best ideas while driving on the highway. When do you get your best ideas and why do you think this is?

I like to go for long walks and hiking. My best ideas come from these walks. It is a time when I’m alone and not distracted by any other thoughts.

From the moment you conceived the idea for the story, to the published book, how long did it take?

The first time I first envisioned the idea for the story was two years ago. It was presented to the publisher in February of this year. After several rewrites, one major rewrite in August the book was ready to be sent to the printer. The publish date is October 31.

Describe your working environment.

My work environment consists of me sitting in my favorite chair with a computer on my lap. When I get stuck, I wonder around my huge house searching for ideas. If I’m still stuck, I go for a long walk. Usually around three miles. The walk almost always does the trick.

Do you write non-stop until you have a first draft, or do you edit as you move along?

I usually stop to edit when I’m about twenty to thirty percent into my story. This allows me to gather my thoughts and make sure I’m headed in the right direction. I continue to edit in that manner, twenty to thirty percent until completion. Once finished I put the manuscript down for at least two weeks and don’t touch the book.

After that date, I do a full edit. If I’m satisfied, I will send to the editor for a complete content and line edit. When I receive back the editors comments I do another edit of the manuscript. Around a month before sending to the printer, I usually freak out and do another edit and a major rewrite.

Anything else you’d like to say about yourself or your work?

I hope you make time to read A Police Action. I know you will love reading the book as much as I enjoyed writing the story.

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