|DJF's Third Novel|
each book has had its own brutal reality test for me , so fighting through that , then finishing on my own personal terms feels amazing – that’s when you really feel the growth through your own accomplishment … as far as the books’ size, if you were to talk to bands like Black Sabbath and Metallica they would tell you that they never start out to make an 8-minute song , it just ends up that way . It’s the same thing for me and writing , I can never say no to myself when it comes to adding another sharp angle to help push the main story along , and if it adds an extra hundred pages , even better
|DJF La Serna Allum|
But, nothing really clicked solid until “Aubrey’s cab ride home” , and I began to think of what my old street Lashburn smelled like and the constant activity that surrounded it , and how a lot of Whittier’s neighborhoods have trees that form natural tunnels when in full bloom , and how the heat waves off the sidewalks and pavement of Whittier Boulevard looking westward during mid afternoon on a hot day , and all the schools , stores , clothing , eras in time , and everything else that encapsulated the best period of my life … it was a lot of fun to mash school and street names together knowing that Whittier people would get the joke , and draw them in to the story more by throwing that blanket of familiarity over everything … some of the stories in the book actually happened , I just threw in my sick twist on things – I mention most of those in the Special Thanks section of the book … when I personally look back on this book , I know that it wouldn’t be what it became without Whittier , and what I experienced growing up there … feels good to give that city its due in my own demented way
|DJF pulls inspiration from Metallica|
Straight forward & Hardcore
Like Joey Tadegah for instance , when his character popped up in my head I knew the name had to be something that defined who he was , and where he may have came from . In Folkhlore , Yorris' name was the first one I came up with after I envisioned the make up of his character - and when it came to the others I thought of Southern , Mid , and Northern Europe - playing with the different letters and how they may have been pronounced or spelled ... so much fun . Most of the time I'll come up with a name that will make a reader stop , and reread it - pronounce it out loud ... anything to help draw the reader's attention -pulling them in even further ... My favorite from the new book Forensic Black is the Mother character – LaBretta Dehnem . I was watching MeTv one night and MASH came on , then later I watched an episode from the old detective show Baretta – I laughed when it came to me – Loretta Swit and Baretta … love when stuff like that happens
It was great spending some time with David J Freeman. So inspiring to see and talk with a local Whittierite doing what he loves to do. I really hope you grab David's latest book and even David's previous two books. Thank you David it was a pleasure and I can't wait to finish your book. I have never read a novel of 700 pages but if you were able to write it I will be able to read it.
Congrats on such a great accomplishment.