I didn't want to write the worn out story of a celebrity induced rise and fall. This is a comedic "never risen," written to inspire, teach, and explain that the paths of dreamers take many turns, go winding through many roads, but ultimately detour, to the highway of your heart. (Amazon)
BBB: What inspired you to become a writer?
LH: I’ve been writing comedy for over 30 years, working in radio and stand-up. I’ve been in theatre, and doing plays and musicals since a child. I’ve written a couple of one act plays that have received awards but it was the Houma Regional Arts Council and the Big Read that sparked me to put my thoughts into a story, fiction, with a beginning, a middle, and an end, and not limiting myself to trying to be witty in eight seconds. Up until then I read magazines, papers, blogs, and things to be up on current events, to do the one liner and comedy bits. I read 30 of the Big Read books in about eight months and realized with books you can start these things, stop, and pick up where you left off. Amazing isn’t it? Just like a movie. Duh?
BBB: How did you come up with the idea for your book, How to Reach for the American Dream... (And Not Get It!)?
LH: It started as a comedic manual, to tell people what not to do. Learn by my mistakes, is what I was going for, in a humors way. It ended up chronological and decided to tell of story of success and failure, delving into why one doesn’t reach their goals. Was it timing, talent, man against man, man against himself? It’s all those things.
BBB: Tell us a little bit about your main character.
LH: He’s a guy on a journey to achieve his ultimate goal. What he’s always known he wanted, his dream, what gives him contentment. But what gives contentment can be a double edged sword when it rears its ugly head, sometimes over and over again. Dreams don’t die easy, especially when others around you use less effort and find theirs. He starts to wonder if each part of the arts world he takes on might be what he was destined to do.
BBB: What do you think readers will enjoy most about How to Reach for the American Dream...? (And Not Get It!)?
LH: I hope the humor. The MC can screw things up pretty bad for himself, but, the fact that each stage of one’s life is not the final curtain on your dreams is something all young performers should know and there are many ways to continue to live a dream.
LH: Yes. The working title is Non-profit. Through a fictional arts council the staff goes on a retreat with other arts councils from the state, Tourism Industry and medical non-profits. The clash comes when I try to examine who should get funding, the living or the dying. Oh, and once again, I go for the joke.
You can find out more about Larry Hyatt by visiting his blog http://hyhatt.blogspot.com.