Interview with Jurrell A. Pabrezis, Author of Forever Free

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Forever Free?

Forever Free is a fictionalized version of a very true time in my life. Many years ago, I joined a wrestling club in the Boston area. I met a lot of great people, three in particular that were like brothers. I wanted to honor the people and the memories that helped shape my life.  

If you woke up in the world of Forever Free, what is the first thing you would do?

I would head for wrestling training. I very much enjoyed my daily routine back then. I miss those days. I would have wrestling to occupy my time, which gave me focus. I would then head to the local Irish pub with my friends where we would recall our larger-than-life tales of the world we thought we would conquer.  

If you had to write a blurb for the last book you read, what would it say?

The last book I read was, The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway. I read it every year. If I wrote a blurb, I would say, a lost generation can always be found if they were never truly lost. According to Hemingway, “We too may have been battered, but we were never lost.”

The expatriates of Hemingway and co. were changed by the war as they were coming of age. My brotherhood of friends and I, in that aspect, were forever changed by our shared experiences through life in the times of wrestling. Anyone that feels lost should read his novel. It reads like a road map of the stars that helps the lost become found again.

Where did you write Forever Free?

Forever Free was written at home in December 2019, but it originally began as life progressed, and those experiences became distant memories. This was between 1999-2010. The words were always in my head. I just needed to have some distance from it, yet I needed to still be close enough that those written memories conveyed the emotions necessary to tell the story.

Pretend you qualified for the Olympics this year. What sport would you compete in?

Given the topic of my novel, it’d be wrestling. It was the first true place where I felt like an artist and a superhero at the same time. If my former wrestler self emerged once more, I’d take home the gold.  

Jurrell A. Pabrezis is the author of the new book Forever Free (The Forever Series Book 1)

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