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Mickey Bridges Author Interview

It’s About Time is a memoir that shares memories from your youth in the ‘50s and ‘60s in Compton, CA and shares your challenges and victories. Why was this an important book for you to write?

My book started off as a paper for an independent study class in Sociology in 1978 at the university I was attending. I carried it around with me for years. I didn’t want to discard it because I felt that there might be some sociological significance to be benefited with youth in terms of helping them deal with obstacles overcoming addiction and adversity.

I appreciated how candid you were in the book. What was the hardest thing for you to write about?

There were several incidents that were hard to write about, but the scene where I was robbed and beaten half to death was the most difficult for me to share. I witnessed this scene several times in dreams. This was a very terrifying experience.

What is one piece of advice you wish someone had given you when you were younger?

I wished someone would have made me slow down and take my time with growing up. I was in such a hurry to grow up. I needed to learn how to become a more responsible individual. I needed to learn how to benefit from someone else’s mistakes.

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

I would like people to realize that with God all things are truly possible. I feel that if I was able to pull myself up out of the muck and mire and clean myself off and get back into the race, then anybody who feels they can’t do it can take a lesson from me and move forward with redeeming their life.

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“It’s About Time” is the compelling true story about a young boy growing up in the city of Compton, California in a broken home during the late 1950’s and 60’s. His mother was always in and out of the hospital, dealing with chronic sickness and his father was busy hustling, trying to make ends meet. He had very little guidance or supervision. His peers felt that getting into trouble with the law, being truant from school, getting high and running trains on girls was cool and he desperately wanted to fit in and be accepted. At fifteen years of age, he thought he was in love. He impregnated his girlfriend at sixteen and dropped out of high school. He got involved in a robbery spree with an associate and they were arrested and convicted. In and out of jail, testing fate with dangerous gangs, and selling hard drugs, he was eventually caught by the feds for selling heroin. Indicted and convicted, he was sentenced to five years in the federal penitentiary. While he was serving his time, his mother passed away and he was devastated. Miserable and deep in the depths of despair and hopelessness, his journey in life was at an all-time low. He knew there had to be a better way to live, but he didn’t know how to find it.

It’s About Time

It’s About Time is a gripping true story that takes readers on a roller coaster of emotions from the turn of the first page. Mickey Bridges has written a riveting memoir detailing the life of a young boy that lived in Compton, California. We live through his experiences growing up as his family struggled to make ends meet. Mickey’s father was in and out of his life and when he was around he was not a good influence. Mickey’s mother did her best to work and take care of her children but she was always sick. With little parental guidance, and living in a rough neighborhood, Mickey is left to explore the streets on his own.

Readers follow Mickey as he grows up and starts experimenting with drugs, which then evolves into drug dealing. He falls in love and becomes a young father but he himself is in and out of jail. After his mother passes away while he is in prison he makes the life changing decision to be a better person.

This is a compelling coming-of-age story of sorts, following a young man who is provided little guidance and set loose on dangerous streets with few resources. This thought-provoking memoir sheds light on the realities of growing up in an unstable environment, surrounded by drugs and violence.

One of the things that I loved about this memoir is the amount of detail each encounter has, and the ability Mickey has to transport readers to that period in time. Mickey describes his emotions so vividly that you feel as if you are teleported to his past. Some examples include the desperation he felt to see his daughter during his incarceration to the extent that he ran away. That was heartbreaking, but I feel like I understood the situation so well that I felt as if I would have done the same thing if I was in his situation. Another vivid encounter is his setup in Gary by Nora, Tut’s girlfriend. I could visualize how terrified he was and yet, he managed to escape.

While I enjoyed this book I felt that the time jumps in the writing can be a bit confusing. Reading through his story, you sometimes forget that he was under twenty-five years old. The story takes leaps through time; one moment he’s sixteen and the next he’s nineteen years old and so much has changed. As a bonus, I was able to look him up and the album he mentioned in the book and I enjoyed every note from that saxophone!

It’s About Time is an illuminating and fascinating memoir. I highly recommend this book to readers who are looking for a raw but inspirational read, especially since the author was able to turn his life around for the better.

Pages: 196 | ASIN: B09ZK4YMRV

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