“either locked up or dead”

P. W. Freeman
P.W. Freeman Author Interview

The Prodigal Dream follows two kids on different paths out of a troubled neighborhood and explores how their choices affect their lives. What was the inspiration for the setup to this riveting story?

The “almost made it”, “If I had it all to do over again” and “either locked up or dead” stories that permeate communities throughout the US were a catalyst. As a child the reality of hearing adults lament these narratives was hard to digest.

The Prodigal Dream became a creative way to provide an educational perspective of what can happen over a young adult’s lifetime based off their aspirations, choices, and actions.

Joe and Marlon are intriguing and well developed characters. What were some driving ideals behind their character development?

Like many youth today, both of these want to attain a great lifestyle, yet the were both also missing the presence of their Fathers. Since both characters felt the pain of poverty and this heightened their desire for a better life. Their bond of friendship was solidified by the harsh reality of their environment.

The individual paradigms and accountability-or lack there of- for their actions were two major factors. Also both the levels of high school matriculation and incarceration rates for their specific demographic provided context for character development. The other characters that they encounter on their journeys also influence their life’s trajectory.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

The power of a Dream. Setting goals. Working hard. Walking by faith. Spoken Word. True friendship. Growth. Overcoming adversity. Forgiveness. Self-actualization. Letting your mistakes become your lessons. Never giving up-In a lot of ways Life really is what you make it.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

The Prodigal Dream Sequel. It will be available contingent on The Prodigal Dream‘s success.

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An ambitious young student barely escapes a nefarious neighborhood environment after he is challenged to attain a college education. The intense conflict encountered on the road to success tests his endurance; leaving him profoundly changed. Like brothers, trying to figure how to be successful in life; driving full speed without a road map, best friends Joe and Marlon often speculate about the quickest way to achieve the American Dream. They even beat the odds to graduate from high school together. Yet as young adults pursuing the goal from drastically different perspectives, they arrive at destinations that redefine the meaning of success and the price of achieving it. In the face of urban decay and limited options, The Prodigal Dream contrasts the youthful desires of opulence against the discipline of academic study and hard work. The Prodigal Dream uses gripping realism and spoken word to highlight the power of choice. It asks the reader: where do you want to go…and how do you want to get there?

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