A Surreal Childhood

Harold Phifer
Harold Phifer Author Interview

Surviving Chaos details your difficult childhood, the obstacles you faced, and how you came to terms with it all. Why was this an important book for you to write?

It was a surreal childhood that was full of failures, disappointments, and humiliations. I felt a need to share the stories as a way to gain victory over the demons that tormented me for such a long time. By telling my journey I hope to help others to relate, understand, and prevail against any obstacle or dysfunction.

I appreciated the candid nature with which you shared your story. What was the hardest thing for you to write about?

Losing my mom! I wanted give her more than I did so I had to swallow my sense of failure as I wrote above her.

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

Schizophrenia, Parental neglect, and being a constant Outcast.

What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your book?

If you know of anyone with a mental condition do try to get them help.

Don’t overlook the effects it may have had on those around the person with the mental challenges especially the offspring’s. Next, even while I was mentally bound I found time to laugh. You can always find a way to turn lemons into lemonade if you just keep stirring.

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For more than fifty years, Harold Phifer’s childhood living conditions remained a secret, even from those who thought they knew him best. No one knew about his past growing up with a mother who suffered from mental illness; a greedy, controlling aunt; a mindless and spoiled older brother; an absent father. It wasn’t until an explosion in Afghanistan that his memory blasted back into focus. This book is the result of a long, cathartic chat with a stranger at a beach bar, where Harold finally found some peace.

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