David Rehak

David Rehak
A Young Girlís Crimes

Interviewed by: Lauretta Pierce
April 15, 2003

1. Who is David Rehak?

I was born in central Europe back in the '70s, and although I've grown up in Canada and lived all my young life there, I've recently returned to the place of my birth to teach English and continue with my writing.

2. What inspired you to write ďA Young Girlís Crimes?Ē

The inspiration for this novel comes from several places--my personal experiences, my imagination, and books I've read. It's the story of a repressed and spoiled little rich girl who kills her tutor and tried to become sexually perverted in a desperate effort to rebel against her strict upbringing. She then meets a nice kind man who teaches her goodness and she becomes a very good person, but then the secret sins of her past come to light.

3. How did you come about the title?

I was looking for a catchy title and thought, hey, this fits the bill.

4. How did you come about the plot?

The plot is a complicated mix of fact and fiction. The story itself is based on a little-known murder that happened in the Rockies back in the 1950s, and I based my story on the summary of details I read about it in an archived article while I was gathering ideas and material for the writing of this book.

5. How did you come about FloraĎs character?

My character Flora is one I know very well, she's based on several girls I've known in real life. I also regret to admit she's based on me in part. Flora Darby, c'est moi.

6. What message would you like readers to receive from Flora and Billís relationship with their dad.

Although discipline has its place, it's important to give teenagers freedom to grow as individuals and to let them make mistakes and learn from them, otherwise a strict upbringing can have negative psychological effects on them.

7. What message would you like readers to receive from Flora and Billís sexual encounter?

Crossing sexual taboos like incest can lead to destructive consequences.

8. What message would you like readers to receive from Johnís involvement in Flora and Billís life?

Finding a good positive guide or mentor in your life is a very important thing that can really change your life for the better and get you on the right paths in life.

9. Are you currently working on another book?

My next novel has been contracted and is pending publication within the next year or so. It's titled LOVE AND MADNESS.

10. What type of atmosphere do you require to write in?

I need peace and quiet to enter that realm of the imagination.

11. What is the moral to this story?

Bad choices in youth can come back to haunt you at a later time and have bad consequences, but no matter what happens to the flesh, our soul is saved if we believe and trust in God.