What inspired the creation of the character Nelson Gody in your book?
I don’t start off a story with a fully developed main character. Typically, all my characters develop as the story unfolds. Hence, I may be 20,000 words into the story before I have to go back and flesh out substantial portions of earlier chapters because of the way the main character or other characters have developed. As with every novel I’ve written, A Death on the Wolf started with just the snippet of a scene in my head: A teenage boy struggling with a grown man on the banks of a river and the boy winds up shooting the man. The development of the plot and the character of Nelson Gody began the minute I started asking: “Who is this boy? How did he wind up on that riverbank with that man? Who is the man? Why are they fighting?” The inspiration for Nelson’s character came in the answering of those questions rather than from a preconceived notion of who Nelson was.
Your story takes place in the summer of 1969. Based on the current events of today, how do you think views have changed towards homosexuality?
The obvious answer to that question is that homosexuality is much more openly accepted as a legitimate lifestyle than it was in 1960s. In 1969, homosexuality was listed as a psychological disorder in the DSM. But you have to remember that my novel is not just set in 1969, it’s set in rural
and told from the perspective of
a teenager who had grown up in the relative isolation of that setting. Nelson’s own words are best used to describe
the perspectives on homosexuality that were prevalent for him in that cultural
milieu: “This was southern Mississippi, not California or New York or any of
the other places where we assumed ‘alternative lifestyles’ were tolerated or
even openly accepted. The extent to
which homosexuality was even acknowledged among my peers was to use the terms
and behaviors associated with it as degrading predicatives while hurling what
we perceived to be humorous insults at each other.” When Nelson learns that his best friend is
gay, he is forced to come to grips with just what friendship means to him in
the face of an intolerant society. Mississippi
I understand that you used to be an editor at Genesis Press. Does that make editing your own work easier or more difficult?
I still do freelance editing and I’m one of the writers associated with the Open Door Critique Program offered through the Hub City Writer’s Project. I don’t know if my editing experience is what helps me be able to edit my own work, but it certainly doesn’t hurt. Some writers are able to do it, others aren’t. Anne Rice has stated in interviews that she essentially does her own editing and when she submits a manuscript it’s done. John Updike was described as a “self-cleaning oven” by his editor because of his ability to self-edit.
How do you find time to balance your work life, personal life, and writing life?
It’s not easy. Because of my law practice, and trying to finish up editing a sci-fi novel for a local author, the writing of my next novel (The Taking of Trevor Ward) has been on hold for nearly two months. I’m about to finish up the editing job, and even though I’ve got another to start, I plan to get back to my own writing in the next couple of weeks and get that novel finished.
How would you advise teenage boys of today who might be dealing with some of the problems Nelson had to deal with in this book?
Me: Great advice! Good luck in reaching all your goals and thank you for your time. Please check out this 2012 Kindle Book Review Best Indie Book Award finalist!
G.M. Frazier has been writing fiction for the last twenty years, with a talent that spans across multiple genres ranging from supernatural to this intriguing drama of A Death on the Wolf. To learn more about this talented author, please visit his websites at his Official Website of G.M. Frazier or on his G.M. Frazier's Facebook Page.
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