Thursday, July 25, 2013
A Louisiana teenager gets a chance to escape his small town lifestyle and goes on a worldwide adventure, eventually winding up in the arms of a lover from whom he’s forced away. He is drafted into the U.S. military, and eventually winds up with a court martial.
This is the story of protagonist Xavier William Kavanagh, also the pen name of its author, Bill Kennedy, a Berkeley County man who lives near Hanahan.
Kennedy’s book “Freelancing With Freud (The Circle of Love)” was published as an online e-book in March. The hard copy is expected to be published in the coming weeks.
There are some similarities between the protagonist and Kennedy, a 1970 Hanahan High School graduate and U.S. Air Force veteran. Kennedy said the fictional book, his first, is the first in a series of four.
Kennedy did live in the Philippines, as does Kavanagh, and he received a court martial that was acquitted, meaning there is also no record of it. He said the court martial scenes in the book are close to what really happened to him, and this is the first time that has been brought out into the open.
“The autobiographical element made it easier to write,” Kennedy said. “I started with an outline, started fleshing it out, the sub-bullets and sub-sub-bullets until there’s no point in fleshing out any more.”
He started writing the book in April 2012 and finished it 58 a days later after writing from about 10 a.m. until sometimes 4 a.m. daily.
Kennedy describes the story as a sexy, military-inspired thriller filled with action and adventure.
“This young kid from Louisiana escapes the bayous, he’s poor, makes it through college, is assigned to Washington, D.C. and gets to go wherever he wants,” Kennedy said. “He chooses the Philippines . . . it’s the story of a guy maturing. He met a woman 10 years older than him that is his guide to love and lust.
“She turns out to be a descendant of Sigmund Freud. After he met this woman he was able to move forward with his life. He never forgot about her.
“I’ve been telling people this story for 35 years. I’m a contemporary writer. You’ll find iconoclastic references to places, people, music and movies.”
The story takes place from 1968 to 1978, when Kavanagh finds Dominique, a French-Moroccan love interest who helps him grow up.
Although he’s not a pilot, the fighter pilot crowd takes him in.
“These guys lived life to the hilt,” Kennedy said. “In 1978, after Vietnam, some of the plane squadrons from Thailand were shifted to the Philippines.”
Kennedy said until recently he never had time to read. Then he read more than 400 novels before working on his own. His next book, “The Circle: It’s Raining in Marrakesh,” will be the story of Kavanagh taking down a drug lord.
For more information visit www.xwkavanagh.com.