Baran-Unland: Tell us a bit about your writing background.
Hafey: My background should give hope to others for I did not begin writing until 2008. At the time I decided to write a technical book I would use to launch my consulting business. So despite my age I am a student of writing and learn and grow every time I sit down to write. My involvement with the Write-On Joliet writer’s group has really helped me develop my writing ability. I would encourage anyone who is a writer, or has an interest in writing to consider joining.
Baran-Unland: What types of stories do you like to write?
Hafey: Non-fiction. Therefore this short story was a challenge for me because it is historical fiction. I wrote it specifically to challenge myself and had fun doing it. It is loosely based on the story of a distant relative who left Ireland for Canada in 1817.
Baran-Unland: Give a one-line summary about your featured short story.
Hafey: It is a dark and visual Irish short story about hope and the human condition.
Baran-Unland: Have you published any books and/or are you working on one now? Tell us a little about it, if you are.
Hafey: Yes I have three published books. The first two were technical in nature and relate to the continuous improvement of industrial safety. Writing them, and a chance meeting of a writer on a flight from Brisbane to Sydney, Australia, gave me the courage to write a memoir. It is titled Boomhood – A Baby Boomer’s Free-Range Childhood.
This memoir overviews generational memories created by common childhood experiences and historical events. It is a flash-back, whimsical and fun account of one baby-boomer's childhood. Reading Boomhood will cause individuals to reflect upon their own childhood to better understand how time, place and their interactions with others shaped them into the person they are today. The set for much of Boomhood is Joliet, for I spent the period from fifth grade through high school on Joliet’s east side.
I have always enjoyed travel writing, and have had the opportunity to travel quite a bit, so my next writing project is going to be a travel book.
Baran-Unland: Where can people find more information about you?
Hafey: The can visit www.boomhood.com to learn more about Boomhood. There is also a tab on the home page that will take them to a page where they can send me an email. Or, they can just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is also a Boomhood Facebook page that they can visit and “like" at www.facebook.com/boomhoodbook. I would love to get their feedback on my short story and Boomhood if they read it.