Just before writer and actor Darren Hynes left home for the first time, his father chopped off the tip of his big toe with a lawnmower. But the confusion Hynes felt when he came home to find the house empty and the lawnmower running was nothing compared to what he would struggle with for the next year.
Hynes had been performing in plays since his early elementary days in Labrador City so, when he graduated from high school, an acting career felt like a natural fit. But since he lived in a town where mining was the leading career choice, Hynes found it difficult to talk about his dream, making it even harder to take the necessary steps to realize his ambition — until he met Mr. Ryan at a summer theatre festival.
The rest of the year was a winding road that takes Hynes from the University of Toronto to a job in a grocery store, and ultimately back to theatre school — the place where he’d been heading all along.
“Everyone teaches us something,” says Hynes. “But we have to be open to the instruction…in the moment, or otherwise we might miss the wise advice or the gentle warning. I wrote My Own Path because someone taught me some very important lessons when I was younger, the most important of which was to always be myself, and to face fear, uncertainty. And to never stop dreaming. The lessons we learn can come from anywhere at anytime and from anyone. Our only obligation is to be there to receive them. In life.”
My Own Path is the story of a young man struggling to find his way — and the difference it made when he found someone to hold the flashlight.
Twenty percent of proceeds will go to Phoenix in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Hynes’ charity of choice.
E – Everyone over ten: Content is suitable for everyone but may contain mild violence and language and minimal suggestive themes.
Alcohol – Vague reference to alcohol use
What is it about?
Reaching for your goals in spite of obstacles.
Who will read it?
Anyone who’s ever felt like where they live is holding them back.
When is it releasing?
March 10, 2015
Available now from Storenvy, iTunes , Kobo and Kindle.
About the Author
Darren is both an actor and an author. His first novel, Flight was long-listed for the Relit awards and was a recommended novel by Salty Ink Magazine. His second novel, Creeps was nominated for the 2015 White Pine Award and was selected as one of the top five young adult novels (2013) by Faze Magazine. As an actor, Darren has worked in theatres across Canada as well as in film and television. A recent graduate of the MFA Creative Writing Program at The University of Guelph, Darren is finishing a third novel as well as his first play.
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