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Friday, November 03, 2006

Interview with the authors of BAD IDEA


October 2006

Todd Hafer and Jedd Hafer

Bad Idea is the story of Griffin, a recent high school graduate whose Mom left Dad in favor of a mediocre novelist. Dad's now with The Cliche, a fiance 18 years his junior. Dad and Mom perceive Griffin and his little brother to be fine. Yet Griffin is on a downward spiral of depression - self-mutilating, abusing alcohol and prescription pain pills while managing to bring home excellent grades and attend youth group. His secret life, however, will be hard to hide on a road trip with Dad, best friend, and The Cliche.

Below is an interview conducted by Glass Roads Publications with the authors of Bad Idea, Todd Hafer and Jedd Hafer, who are brothers. Todd's an executive with Hallmark in Kansas City and Jedd's a former comedian turned youth counselor in Colorado Springs.

Q: What inspired you to write Bad Idea?
Todd: I wanted to tell a story that was very real, with no canned answers or easy solutions. I drew heavily from journals I kept during my teen years.
Jedd: We have known and have been kids who looked okay on the outside but had real problems lurking below the surface. We wanted to create a story that could speak to the issues of divorce, substance abuse, self-harm and suicide in authentic ways. We wanted a story that non-believers could stick with; a story for kids who might never read Christian fiction.

Q: Do you think there is a way for children to go through divorce and not be adversely affected?
Todd: No. The fallout from divorce is something that kids/teens will deal with for the rest of their lives. But that doesn't mean there isn't hope or that they can't find true happiness.
Jedd: Short answer - NO. Adults may be able to minimize the effects, but there is no way I see for kids to come out unscathed.

Q: What message (if any) do you want people to receive from reading Bad Idea?
Todd: I just wanted to tell a real, compelling story with characters that readers would find intriguing and, in some cases, relate to closely. I hope that readers come away from the story feeling that they are not alone if they are struggling or hurting. And I hope that, as Griffin finds flickers of light, readers believe this can happen for them as well. But these ideas have to be a natural outflowing of the story and its characters. Bad Idea is definitely not a sermon masquerading as a novel.
Jedd: The key messages ultimately come back to grace. Griffin just doesn't believe God can love him. He thinks he's too repulsive and doesn't think anybody could accept the real Griffin. We want kids who struggle with hidden issues to know they are not alone.

Q: Do you have any advice for step-parents, parents, or teens whose lives are affected by divorce?
Todd: The short answer is, "Love conquers all." Parents, step-parents, and kids will continue to make big mistakes, make bad choices, and say and do things that hurt those closest to them. But love and grace are the great equalizers. Parents don't need to fix every problem - the reality is that they probably can't. But often, just standing beside a kid, supporting a kid, hugging a kid, can make tragic circumstances bearable.
Jedd: Kids need empathy and real communication. They do not need platitudes and guilt gifts. They can tell when adults are being inauthentic. Kids are likely to blame themselves and then coping skills/survival skills kick in. Sadly, many kids (like Griffin) have some pretty unhealthy coping skills.

Interview courtesy of Glass Roads Publication

For more information on this book, and the authors, visit http://www.haferbros.com/



At 11:47 AM, November 04, 2006, Blogger Pammer said...

Looks like a good book. Can't wait to read it.


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