Reviewer Amy Lignor: Amy is the author of a historical fiction novel entitled The Heart of a Legend, and Mind Made, a work of science fiction. Presently, she is writing an adventure series set in the New York Public Library, as well as a teen fiction series, The Angel Chronicles. She is an avid traveler and has been fortunate to have journeyed across the USA, where she has met the most amazing people, who truly bring life and soul to her books. She lives in the Land of Enchantment (for now) with her gorgeous daughter, Shelby, her wonderful Mom, Mary, and the greatest friend and critic in the entire world - her dog, Reuben
Chase Von and Betty Dravis
Publisher: VonChase Publishing Company (Student Operated Press)
This is an exceptional non-fiction read. Written as a compilation of interviews with a variety of stars, celebrities, politicians, writers, singers, dancers - you name it - the information given is wonderful and, in some cases, eye-opening.
As Americans, we do have that love of the unknown for people we admire, respect, and secretly despise (Come on, you know you're out there. Or, like me, you only buy the Star Magazine for the crossword puzzle.) Whether we admit it or not, that world is something we all harken to learn more about. The writers of this wonderful creation actually sat down, met and spoke with some really amazing people. Well-known characters such as Clint Eastwood (who I absolutely admire), and Senator Ted Kennedy (whose recent passing has upset a great many from the "Camelot" generation are two such chapters that are not only well-written but well-meaning. I was also quite surprised that the lesser known figures such as, Crystal Myrick who is an aspiring reporter, and Clint M. Byars, a wonderful writer who penned the fantastic story, Devil Walk, were inspirational to me.
Not only did I get to learn new avenues of their lives, but these people are doing what they want to do and reaching for their dreams - no matter how difficult their dreams are. I think anyone with a dream - small or large - should pick up this book. Not only will it help you to figure out the next steps to take in order to get what you want, but it will also give you the hope and faith you need in order to be the next...shall we say...Dirty Harry? :)
On a side note, the publishing/collaboration work that went into putting this book together was truly inspiring to me. Chase Von apparently interviewed Ms. Dravis, who is a journalist as well as the author of three novels. It was mentioned at that time that Chase Von should put a compilation together of the people he'd spoken to throughout his career. Ms. Dravis was the one who added her interviews from when she was a journalist. One in particular that she had, with the perfect Jane Russell, was really one of my absolute favorites. The 40's and 50's Hollywood was the ultimate in glamour. I frequently wish, as Ms. Dravis seems to, that the "industry" would turn back to those wonderful days. I mean really, what do mega-stars think nowadays about movies called Saw V? :)