Brian Broome began writing a memoir of his life when he was at the absolute bottom — in rehab for drug addiction in his 40s.
"That's where it kind of officially started, and then when I got out of rehab, it just went from there," he tells Morning Edition.
His book, Punch Me Up to the Gods, begins with his father beating a 10-year-old Broome with his fists. The blows by his father, and even his friends, were meant to pound manliness into him.
Broome later came out as gay.