We have the pleasure of meeting Young, a character from A Harem Boy's Saga, Books 1-3. We'll get a chance to talk to the author, Bernard Foong, in a bit, but now we have on the stage...Young!
Character Young: Thank you. It's a pleasure to be here.
Marie: Okay. So, what is your greatest dream, Young?
Young: To become an internationally famous fashion designer.
Marie: What kind of person do you wish you could be? What is stopping you?
Young: A Renaissance man. What is stopping me? No one. Not even my domineering father who constantly tried to ‘butch-me-up’ by sending me to learn all the manly sports – such as judo, karate, martial arts training. Hated the classes but loved the handsome and macho teaching assistants whom I secretly fell in love with.
Marie: All right.
So...who was your first love?
Young: Nikee (my mentor, ‘big-brother’) at the private boarding school. But he told me repeatedly not to fall in love with him but to play the field because I was being groomed for a very important task that would unfold soon enough.
Young: When Nikee left me for his higher education. I was devastated. This was before I met Andy, my chaperone/valet and Nikee’s replacement to my Arab Household harems.
Young: To be a successful and an internationally known fashion designer.
Young: Yes. I went to the best fashion school in London, England. I obtained a Master’s Degree in fashion design and went on to become a fashion professor both at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and taught fashion for many years before obtaining a full scholarship to study at the University of Hawaii for my 2nd Master Degree in theater costuming before writing my memoirs – A Harem Boy’s Saga; a memoir by Young (my pen-name). This is a 7 books memoir series.
Young: Having been in the fashion business for more than 40 years, I’m moving on to other dreams and goals I want to achieve in my life. I achieved my dreams many times over. Now, I’m moving on to other bigger and more enchanted dreams such as getting my memoir series to be made into a TV miniseries, movies and stage musical production.
Young: There are many role models in my life. It’s impossible to name all of them. If I have to name one – it will have to be Andy (my ex-lover, chaperone, mentor, valet at the sexual secret society – The Enlightened Royal Oracle Society – E.R.O.S. I was inducted into during my boarding school years).
Marie: I see. Is there someone you pretend to like but really dislike?
Young: I guess everyone has had that experience. I’m no exception to the rule.
Young: My immediate goal/desire in my life now is to complete my 7 books memoir. I’m working with an international art impresario to get my artwork to exhibit in major international museums and art galleries. One other desire/project is to have A Harem Boy’s Saga series be adapted into film and stage. Last but not least, my life partner, Walter Bissett and I are planning our retirement to the South of France in a few years from now.
Young: Nothing. I’m fearless. I’ve been educated from a very young age that if I am sufficiently determined, focused and have relentless faith, I can achieve what I set out to do.
Young: Thank you for having me.
What first gave you the idea for A Harem Boy's Saga books?
Unbridled is the sequel to Initiation - A provocative story about a young man who was initiated into a clandestine sexual society. He was spirited to the Middle East, from his UK boarding school. He attended the Bahriji School (Oasis,) in The United Arab Emirates in preparation for serving in Harems for the wealthy and elite.