Geoffrey Bauernfeind

Geoffrey Bauernfeind

Geoffrey Bauernfeind

Everyone at CoolDudes Publishing were curious to find out what makes Geoffrey Bauernfeind tick. So we invited him to answer some revealing questions about himself, starting off with To Move Forward, we wanted to find out why he wrote this book.

CDP

Are any of the experiences in the book your own?

GB

I would suggest the feelings and situations are my own, even if not the full experience.. I have felt loss and regret from lost opportunities. I have felt joy and deliverance in new-found ones. I think I put more of my own experiences into the practical details of the story. For example, I have been to the Wisconsin State Fair and tried to convey the chaotic atmosphere. I tried to take us to my Great Uncle and Aunt’s former house on Lake Okauchee to set a peaceful, yet romantic mood.

There are little pieces of me and my life literally littered everywhere. Patrick embodies my insecurities, Ben my desire to be confident. Jeff could have been me when I was working in the theatre. (No, I don’t have any tattoos though.)

 

 

CDP

Patrick reminds us of a character in a Greek tragedy, lost and alone, seeking comfort among his friends, and longing for the love he had lost twenty years earlier. Helen Reddy may have put it into perspective when she sang “You and me against the World”, do you think the comparison with that song is apt to describe Patrick’s character?

GB

As a person who loves Greek myths, I am flattered for any mention like that. Maybe some of those tales rubbed off on me more that I would have suspected. I see Patrick as incomplete without Ben and that is what makes him seek comfort in whatever way he can find it. The hard part was keeping him sad and lonely but not ridiculous and pathetic.

Although I did not have Helen Reddy in mind, I can understand that comparison. The feeling of being the only two people, struggling together against the odds, is universal when you are devoted to someone. Love, protectiveness, despair, and hope attach themselves to the relationship and you do become two against the world.

 

CDP

Darrin seems to know a good thing when he sees one. He warms to Patrick immediately and it’s as though his father, Ben, relies mainly on his judgement. In real life, do you think it’s necessary for a third party to be involved when making a romantic decision?

 

GB

Necessary? Maybe not, but it doesn’t hurt! Regarding Darrin, this is more about doubt and reassurance. Both Patrick and Ben have doubt, Darrin is the assurance they both need.  On some levels, all of us look to friends or family or even our pets when we doubt.

 

CDP

Describe a typical day in the life of Geoffrey Bauernfeind.

GB

I go to work come home, watch television, read a book, or get on the computer. I am quite boring actually. The older I get, the more time I spend trying just to be content.

 

CDP

What made you start writing?

GB

I liked writing in school. It was so much better than speaking to people or talking in front of a class. (I regard myself as an introvert.) Reading and writing are a way to play inside my mind or to escape from it.

 

CDP

Any advice to a writer just starting out?

GB

Write it down! Reading it is the only way someone else can feel what you feel.

Write something that you enjoy! It will be very apparent if you do not.

Find an editor you can trust! Very tricky, but you need that trust to understand they are on your side.

Play, have fun, and enjoy! Otherwise, why write in the first place, right?