I am 83 years old. I was periodically homeless on the streets of San Fransisco from age 7-18. I wrote a book based on my survival. AMA
EDIT: Still answering questions! The response to this AMA is incredible, I wouldn't have possibly expected so much excitement for my book. My book is actually completely finished, it's just that I haven't actually gotten a publisher to bite. (Son here, please keep asking questions, I know there is quite the back log, but you should see the light in my pop's eyes when he thinks back to those times both good and bad. I'm at work right now, but soon I'll be back and we'll be answering as many questions as possible today!)
My son (typing this) is helping me answer any of your questions you have on my experience.
The key events from my childhood featured in my book include:
-shattering every single one of my teeth
-the murder of my father (for being a homosexual) > my theory
-living with my alcoholic mother
-hiding the above by deceiving the authorities and forging documents
-my rape and my meticulously planned revenge
-an unlikely friendship with an elderly Chinese grocer (who was my fence)
-abandoning life with my mother and living on/off the streets
-numerous encounters with the predators of San Francisco
(Son here) My father has lived an incredible life and only recently have I truly begun to grasp the harrowing childhood he had. My father has always been a happy-go-lucky man who could always make me laugh and never showed me anything but his classic quirky demeanor. Needless to say, I was floored when he sat me down on my 16th birthday and told me his story. It has taken me a long time to even wrap my head around the fact that my weirdo dad that binges Scandinavian murder mysteries, and plays the ukulele is deep down a hard-as-nails bona fide survivor that knows pain I can't even begin to imagine.
"The telling of this story has been 60+ years in the making, and it was with excruciating pain that I have finally finished recounting the demons that have haunted me since childhood into a 103000 word book. It is a story of my survival from age 7 on the streets of San Francisco after my father was murdered, and my mother that turned to alcohol for solace, amid a 20th century coming-of-age story of a hero's journey to the the depths of hell and back again."
PICTURE PROOF (kinda) as you can imagine we can't exactly show you proof that any of this really happened, but hopefully you can accept the second chapter of his book as a taste of a book to come. Also included, a working picture of the cover.
I'm gonna try and help my pop answer as many questions as possible (depending how popular this gets) Please feel free to ask questions unrelated to the book if you feel so inclined.
TO BE CLEAR: THE BOOK IS NOT PUBLISHED YET. Still working out the kinks about getting it published in the first place.
EDIT: Hope this isn't against the rules, but if it is don't take this down please just let me know: