Author: Douglas Gardham
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It is 1991 when Ethan Jones finally wins the role of his dreams in an upcoming, big screen movie. With the envelope holding the script clutched in his hand, he arrives at his California apartment where he can hardly wait to tell his girlfriend the exciting news. But when he finds the door unexpectedly ajar, he has no idea that in just a few seconds, the life he has fought so hard to obtain will be shattered. Eight years earlier, Ethan is attending university in Ottawa, Canada. One evening after seriously contemplating suicide, he finds his way into a club where he meets Mila Monahan, a beautiful acting student who saves him from himself. After he watches Mila rehearse a university play, Ethan catches the acting bug and decides to pursue his own creative passions, causing a collision with his more secure ideals. But when Mila suddenly disappears, Ethan vows he will never stop chasing the dream she inspired in him, believing in a world entirely different from the one he is living in. The Actor is a gripping tale of a young man’s unforgettable journey of self-discovery in overcoming the trauma of a personal tragedy. It is a story of love, hardship, persistence and overwhelming joy where The Actor learns he can portray anything he can imagine.
If you had to give any advice about boosting self esteem, what would it be?
Get up and do some kind of action—a chore, an activity, something you can start and finish that might be as simple as making a bed, taking a walk around the block or through a park, doing the dishes. A simple task that accomplishes something. Once you do one thing it leads to another and another.
What one thing would you say to a victim of domestic violence to help them?
Never lose hope or give up.
Is there any stereotype you feel is worse than others?
I don’t think so. Its how a stereotype affects an individual and that could be any stereotype. It’s a sad situation when a stereotype prevents someone from fulfilling what they want to do.
Do you hear from your readers? What kinds of questions do they ask?
Yes. Often. Many want to know where I get my ideas. Many ask how I go about writing and how I work. What inspires me? Who do I like to read?
Douglas Gardham is a writer who loves music, movies, and books. He lives near Toronto, Canada, with his wife and dog. This is his first published novel.