What is your story?
My Story is told in So Much It Hurts
Who are you?
My name is Yancy Fredrick.
Where do you live?
I live in a former grand hotel in the heart of the City.
Are you the hero of your own story?
Define hero. I don’t think I’m particularly heroic.
What is your problem in the story?
I’m in love with my best friend’s girlfriend, Pia.
How do you see yourself?
I’m a man who’s feeling somewhat lost. Some days, I wonder if I’ll ever find my way again.
How do your friends see you?
They see me as capable, decisive, responsible and confident. They’re not wrong. I’m all that, and a lot more – as well as a lot less.
How does the author see you?
She thinks I’ve got a killer smile that can seduce a woman with its power…. She’s not wrong.
Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?
Yes, she did. It’s like she was inside my head.
Do you have a goal?
My goal hasn’t changed since I was twelve. I want my doctorate in business. Additionally, I want to start an art school with Flynn, maybe build on that to set up a program to help emotional healing through art.
What do you want?
I want to finish my degree and start up the art school with Flynn.
What do you need?
I need to find love.
What do you believe?
I believe in myself. In Flynn. In our dream to start an art school.
What makes you happy?
My friends, my work — Pia.
What are you afraid of?
Losing everything I’ve built.
Are you lucky?
I’m one of those fortunate individuals who’s had an easy life. My family is great, my folks are wonderful. I have four younger sisters, and we’re all happy and doing what we love. I’d consider that to be lucky.
Have you ever failed at anything?
I never was any good at water skiing, other than that, no. Like I said, lucky.
Do you keep your promises?
I do my best not to promise, because I don’t want to break my word. That said, if I do promise, I make it happen.
Are you healthy?
I love to run, play rugby, climb steps for cardio, I don’t eat as well as I should…. I haven’t had a serious illness since I had chicken pox at six. I’m allergic to birds, but otherwise, I’m disgustingly healthy.
What was your childhood like?
My childhood was great. Dad was gone a lot, and we moved a good bit, until he left the military. We settled in the suburbs outside the City when I was ten. It was a great neighborhood, good school, lots of friends.
Do you like remembering your childhood?
You know those old sitcoms like Leave it to Beaver, or Dick Van Dyke Show? That was me and my family.
Did anything newsworthy happen on the day you were born?
Yes. I was born.
Did you get along with your parents?
They and my sisters are my best friends – except for Flynn – and Pia.
What in your past would you like to forget?
If I’d like to forget it, what makes you think I want to talk about it?
Was there a major turning point in your life?
One day, Flynn came in and said, “Get dressed. We’ve got a new neighbor and we’re taking her to dinner.”
Do you have any hobbies?
I play rugby with a local team. I have taken up golf, because a lot of business can be done on the golf course. I don’t like it much, it’s boring. If I examine it scientifically; from a physics and math perspective, it’s okay.
What is your favorite color? Why?
I don’t really have one, but if anyone insists on an answer, I say blue.
What is your favorite food? Why?
Pia made this great puttanesca sauce one night. It was the greatest thing I’ve ever tasted.
What is your favorite beverage? Why?
Hard cider. Because it’s great.
What is your favorite music? Why?
I’ll listen to just about anything, but I love the old torch songs and blues. I also love Big Band stuff.
What is your favorite item of clothing? Why?
I have this pair of pants that’s the absolute perfect fit. Shows off my ass and thighs to perfection. I wear them when I’m out at a bar, because they attract women. Yes, I am that calculating.
Name five items in your pockets.
I don’t carry much: wallet, keys, phone and I’m good to go.
What are the last three books you read?
Right now, I’m pretty focused on school. When I’m not reading scholarly crap, I like a good mystery or a political thriller.
If you were at a store now, what ten items would be in your shopping cart?
Coffee, sugar, creamer, hard cider, bagels, cream cheese…. Hell, I need more than 10 items.
If you were stranded on a desert island, who would you rather be stranded with, a man or a woman?
I have no interest in sharing space with another man. We burp, fart and scratch rude places. If I’ve got to be somewhere it’s hot and sunny, I’ll take a sultry woman with no inhibitions and a good tan.
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