Writing this book has been so much harder than I ever thought it would be. I had to go over and over things I wanted to forget, things I didn’t know were still so painful.
Hello, my name is Romola Hodas and I have wanted to write my story since I was fourteen. My father was the Porno King of Times Square and my mom was a genius, with bipolar disease and personality disorder. Both could be loving one moment and violent and dangerous the next. My life was scary.
I am the oldest of 4 siblings and I tried very hard to protect them not only physically, but emotionally too. Dad was kind of loving when I was small, but as I got older, around 8 and started to get a bit chubby, he was brutal about it.
My book talks about the trauma and chaos I experienced and how I choose to overcome as much as I could. Believe me, I certainly have bad and depressing days. I certainly have had many of life’s punches, but I always get up and put one foot in front of the other…I stumble forwards and learn from my mistakes and life.
You will read how my dad, that started out shining shoes as a little boy in East NY, becomes the man who just about single handedly built Times Square from the late 60’s till the late 80’s. Taking trips with the mob, surviving 2 kidnap attempts and experiencing party’s no child of 14 and under should ever see.
Writing this book has been so much harder than I ever thought it would be. I had to go over and over things I wanted to forget, things I didn’t know were still so painful. But if I can help anyone learn to choose themselves and learn to get over the criticism, self hatred, loneliness and or addiction, I will be a happy woman!
So, take this ride and come with me on this journey. The next three months here in Wading River L.I. is the start of finishing editing, picking out the pictures, podcasts, traveling, radio shows and hopefully tv. And by all means…any questions you may have….just ask!