1. Tell us a little about yourself and your memoir and your alias.
Young alias Bernard Foong is, first and foremost, a sensitivist. He finds nuance in everything. To experience the world he inhabits is an adventure which is mystical, childlike and refreshing. He has a rare ability to create beauty in a unique fashion. His palettes have been material, paint, words and human experiences.
My memoir is a series of provocative stories 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.
It is also a love story between the young man and his ‘Valet’ who served as his chaperone and mentor during the boy’s Harem service.
I had a privileged and unique upbringing in Malaysia, where I was known as a “sissy boy.” Following in my brothers’ footsteps, I was sent to an exclusive boarding school in England. It is there that I was inducted into a clandestine organization, E.R.O.S. The Enlightened Royal Oracle Society. For four years, unbeknownst to my family, I was willingly and happily part of a Harem.
2. What made you decide to share it?
Four years ago, after I closed my fashion boutique in Honolulu, I decided it was time to document my positive adolescent life experiences that I’ve kept under wraps for close to 40 years. That’s when A Harem Boy’s Saga; a memoir by Young (my pen-name) series was born. An inner calling told me to document my unique education and now, is the correct moment to tell my story.
* Other factors that influenced me to write A Harem Boy’s Saga; a memoir by Young, a seven book series are – through my autobiography I hope to:
Provide Tolerance to Sissy Boys
- by educating parents/peers and the community to love and respect effeminate boys. Anderson Cooper 360 documentary on the devastating treatment of effeminate boys influence me to tell my story.
- through Big Brother/Big Sister volunteer programs in schools or outside the school system. Older students can act as mentors to younger students. Much like the experience I went through in my unique education.
Tolerance to Gay Adolescent
- – to improve parents/child/siblings relationship issues. Support/mentorship program/programs to all parties involved, to foster understanding and acceptance of Gay teenagers.
Provide an Alternative Educational System:
- Fostering understanding Big-Brother/Big-Sister adolescent mentorship programs in schools, BB/BS as protectors to keep younger kids from being bullied.
Provide Human Relationship Building Programs:
- Between parents/teachers and young students on sexual topics/issues, especially when an adolescent is discovering their sexuality. They can be guided on a healthy and honest sexual journey instead of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” – hide it in the closet policy.
3. When and why did you decide to become a writer?
- • First and foremost: to document my unique and controversial (to many) adolescent educational experiences. To be educated in at the Art of Sensuality and Sexuality at a young age.
- • Secondly: to tell my positively enlightening experiences spend in six different Middle Eastern extremely elite/wealthy male harems/households and my induction into an illuminating sexual secret society (I called E.R.O.S. – Enlightened Royal Oracle Society in my books).
- • Thirdly: on the contrary to what mainstream society thinks of harem life, I like to make clear that not all harem recruits are slaves (sold into slavery), abused or treated badly. My harem experiences and sexual education are completely the opposite. I was treated with love, respect and most importantly, I did not do perform any sexual services against my will.
4. Which writers inspire you?
There are many excellent independent writers that inspired me. It‘ll be unfair to list some and not all the ones I like.
But to list a couple from the many:
Anne Rice writing under A. N. Roquelaure –
- • The Erotic Trilogy of Sleeping Beauty.
Dan Brown –
- • Angels and Demons
- • Da Vinci Code
- • (but not his latest book – Inferno)
5. Do you prefer to write during the day or at night and do you have a special place you like to write?
I prefer writing during the day – preferably mornings before lunch. I have my writing desk and am on the computer almost all the time.
6. Do you write every day?
Yes – 7 days a week.
7. Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
I write in chapters. A chapter can take up to several days as I am very articulate in regards to the accuracy of the period and actual events. Therefore I do a lot of research before putting thoughts to computer.
Each chapter consists approximately 1,500 to 2,500 words.
8. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, longhand, or do you dictate?
9. What is the hardest thing, to you, about writing a memoir?
Time consuming research to the period I’m writing about.
Writing a memoir or an autobiography is vastly different from writing fictional novels. I’m writing about events, situations and emotional feelings that had happened; of ‘remembrance of things past.’
My outline, inspirations come from an abundance of old photographs, journals/diaries I had kept during the various periods of my life.
In the books, I’ve changed the names and places to protect myself and those involved, the experiences and events that happened are true.
The creative part of my writing are in the dialogue throughout the books. Although I am able to remember the overall gist of what was said, I had to make up the dialogue since it’s been over 40 odd years since these events/situations occurred.
10. How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?
It takes me approximately 18 months – a year and half to finish one volume/book. I’m writing seven in A Harem Boy’s Saga; a memoir by Young series.
11. How did you decide which memories and events to include in your memoir? For example, did you tend to shy away from telling either especially ugly or especially dear memories, or did you tell them all?
I write in a chronological order. I tell all. No holds barred. ☺
12. You talk about your education in sensuality and sexuality. What do you think most makes a person sexy?
That’s a subjective question. You’ll have to read my books to find out the answers. LOL!
13. You’ve said that you were gladly whisked away into the harem lifestyle. What first drew you to it?
Read A Harem Boy’s Saga – book I – INITIATION. It will provide you in complete detail to the reasons.
14. Let’s talk a little about Andy. Your relationship with him was obviously very close. Are the two of you still close?
I reconnected with Andy a few years ago. You’ll have to read book II – UNBRIDLED and book IV – TURPITUDE (which I’m currently writing) to find out the answers. ☺
15. How did you first you realize you were in love?
When I was being groomed and observed by Nikee – my first big-brother at my boarding school in England. You’ll find/read the details in INITIATION.
16. If you had to pick only one, what is your favorite memory together?
This is impossible since my four years of harem experiences are so incredible. It’s impossible to select one particular incident.
17. Is there any advice you’d give to someone falling in love and beginning a new relationship?
Love freely and unconditionally. Always be honest with yourself and with your beloved. The truth will set you free.
18. What ultimately made you decide to leave the harem?
I didn’t decide to leave the harem by choice. When I reach a certain age, I’m no longer a suitable candidate. When I completed my boarding school education, the secret society recruits can no longer belong to the program. All ties are severed when I’m of age to leave the school for higher education.
19. Was it an easy transition?
No it wasn’t easy. It’s revealed in book II – UNBRIDLED.
20. After you left the harem you worked in fashion. What led you to start a career in that field?
I’ve always been interested in fashion since I was six years old. It was a natural progression from my harem education and experiences. It’s documented in detail in the entire A Harem Boy’s Saga.
21. If someone were seriously considering joining such a society now (or being whisked away in some other context) what advice would you offer in terms of staying safe and enjoying their time?
LOL! One cannot just sign-up and join. One has to be recruited (by the secret society) under strict observation prior to being recruited. That is if the program still exists.
Lightening round! Every answer has to be 7 words or less!
22. Favorite book?
The Erotic Adventures of Sleeping Beauty (trilogy)
23. Favorite film?
Johnathan Strange and Mr. Norelle (TV miniseries)
24. Famous person, living or dead, you’d most like to meet?
Anne Rice – author
25. Favorite time of day?
Between 5 AM to midday.
26. How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Amazon Author’s Page: http://amzn.to/1cZKgZ7
Video trailer for all the 3 books in A Harem Boy’s Saga series (overall version): http://youtu.be/F0Lv80yhhq0
Video trailer for INITIATION (sensual version):
Video trailer for UNBRIDLED (sensual version):
Video trailer for DEBAUCHERY (sensual version): http://bit.ly/1NUcelM
A Harem Boy’s Saga; a memoir by Young – all amazon international site (E-books and Print books for Initiation, Unbridled and Debauchery) links:
• US amazon: http://amzn.to/1FMlHVY
• UK amazon: http://amzn.to/1DkHC8v
No Distance Between Us – amazon E-book sales link:
27. Any promos or secret deals coming up we should know about?
Currently my literary agent is pitching A Harem Boy’s Saga; a memoir by Young – screenplay and TV pilot to interested film/TV producers and companies.
INITIATION audio book will be released within the next month or two.
28. Last question- what are you working on at the minute?
Writing A Harem Boy’s Saga – book IV – TURPITUDE