Brightening the mood: Author Brett Axtel adds humor to facilitate the dark story | Entertainment
PERRY – Peter Wilson disagrees.
Seeking a cure from child sexual abuse and mental illness in the 1980s, Peter tries to figure out what is normal and live despite his injury. He comes to a point where he decides what would make him feel better is becoming a serial killer and chasing and killing pedophiles.
However, Peter is not competent in his new goal, and it remains to be seen if he will actually be able to kill someone.
This is the premise of Brett Axel’s novel, “Not Okay”, which is presented as the Summer 2021 selection of the Great New York Book Club.
Axel will come to the Biblio-Tech Café, 2 S. Main St., Perry, for a talk and a dedication. The event is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on June 26.
Axel said that “Not Okay” was written over a span of 27 years.
“The first version wasn’t fiction, and it was really therapeutic. It was a way of dealing with what happened to me as a child and the abuse I suffered, ”he said. “But when I finished this first version, it was unreadable. It was so sad, depressing and unpleasant. People I would have read would say, ‘Oh my God, no one is going to want to read this. It’s miserable. ‘
So Axel put it on the back burner and years later came up with an idea for a fictional novel and he decided that rather than creating a whole new character, Axel would draw inspiration from his personal life for the back- character shot. So he said that about 10 percent of what he wrote in the original manuscript ended up in the final book.
The book Axel ended up with was still too dark and too sad, but he then got advice from a well-known author and revised it to make it fun as well. He said that when dealing with a very dark and difficult subject to deal with, adding a little humor helps him get off.
“I’m not trying to be judgmental. I’m not trying to teach a lesson. I’m just trying to tell a story that has never been told, ”said Axel. “When there’s something dark or graphic, it’s usually meant to titillate. Focus on the shock value, and that’s not what this book is. It is something more real.
He said that usually when people write about an abused person, they focus on the abuse. Axel said that when you are abused you are not a person, you are an object.
“It was only after escaping abuse and trying to find your way in the world despite the hurt that you were able to realize yourself,” he said.
Axel said he believed this story had never been told; what it is to be hurt and to face a world that does not tolerate the hurt.