The need for a gay love story that appeals not just to gay people but to the general public. Also, we need a gay folk hero and I hope to have created one – or two if you consider Ibrahim one of the heroes alongside Michael. Also, I think both gays and the general public need to know that there is more to being gay than simply having sex. I also wanted to show that religious people and gay people are not on different sides of a divide but there actually can be an all-encompassing harmony that unites them. And if you think about it, love, real heartfelt love for all humanity, is what will create this all-encompassing harmony.
- How many hours per day do you spend on writing
It’s hard to put a number to that. It all depends. In the early stages, I may dedicate about an hour to about five hours a week. However, once I can see that I’m near completion, I spend all my time when I’m not at work, not cooking, not sleeping, not eating and not attending to other bodily requirements.
- Name your top five favorite books.
1. The Dialogues of Plato, in particular his Symposium, The Republic and Cratylus
2. Animal Farm by George Orwell
3. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift.
4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin
5. The Folk of the Faraway Tree by Enid Blighton.
- What are you working on now?
At the moment, nothing. Writing is exhausting and so I need a break. I have a few ideas for novels and I’m not sure which one I want to work on next but I’ll wait till I’ve managed to settle down from all the work that has gone into creating A Right To Love before embarking on a new book.
Title: A Right to Love
Author: Mark Frew
Genre: Gay Fiction / Religious / Psychological
Book blurb: The story is about a non-religious man, called Michael, who is a teacher in a modern college. He meets a student, Polycarp, who is a refugee from Rwanda and who has lost all of his family. Michael decides to travel to Africa to find out if any of Polycarp’s family members are still alive. In the process, he meets a devout Muslim sub-Saharan African man, Ibrahim. Michael and Ibrahim fall in love and as their relationship develops, Michael and Ibrahim have to adjust to each other’s outlooks on life. Throughout the process, the interpretation of both the Bible and the Koran, and how homosexuality can be accepted within this framework are discussed.
Mark Frew is a teacher of English to speakers of other languages. He has a bachelor degree in chemistry and is an avid linguist who speaks several languages. Mark Frew is also the author of Mauritian Creole in Seven Easy Lessons, Michael and the Multicoloured Gospel and Farewell My Pashtun.