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That large Hollywood sign that sets high on the California hills, representing a life of
celebrity friends, bright neon lights, and the flashing paparazzi cameras can easily blind a man into forgetting the journey that it took for him to get there. That’s what happens to Morris Wright, a celebrity actor and writer from the historical city of Little Rock, Arkansas. Morris worked extra hard for his tinsel town acclaim to become one of the most soughtafter actors and screenwriters in the business.Somewhere along the way, he forgot where he came from. But, when Angela Pendleton, a passionate young journalist and aspiring book writer, offers to help him pen his memoir, the man is finally forced to remember his
roots. In the process of reflection, we follow a ten-year-old boy and his neighborhood friends and family from the Southwest part of Little Rock, as they navigate their way through elementary, junior, and then high school toward college and adulthood. Each young man finds and hones his individual talent, with Earl as the intellectual, Ron as the football player, and Tim with the singing voice of an angel. But, after a fateful afternoon of tragedy, where one of his good friends is killed in a regrettable and senseless act, Morris’ life changes drastically, sending him through a series of dangerous and reckless choices that he luckily survives and tries to forget… until now, including his memories of a special girl, who refused to give up on him.
LazRael Lison is an award-winning film director & screenwriter, entrepreneur, public speaker, and co-owner of Summer House Pictures. For the past 16 years, Lison has been working in the medium of film, where he has directed and written four feature films, multiple shorts, documentaries, commercials, and music videos. Much of his work can be seen on VOD, Netflix, iTunes, Amazon and multiple other platforms. Neighborhood of Dreams is Lison’s debut as an author.
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So, LazRael Lison, you’re originally from Little Rock, Arkansas? I’ve never been there.
Yep. Winchester and Little Rock.
So what was life like growing up in the south? I’m sure it was much different than the life you’re accustom to living now.
Totally. But I’m so appreciative of my southern roots because it’s made me the man I am today. We grew up in a two-bedroom mobile home with about nine people living in it. No lie.
Speaking of Dreams. Let us jump right into this book, “Neighborhood of Dreams.” I love the title. I got an early copy to read in preparation for this interview. I have to be honest it is a pageturner; I could not put it down. I noticed the book is inspired by true events. How closely is it to your actual life?
In many areas very close. Sometimes almost scary, that makes this extremely emotional for me. The childhood portion of the story is very similar to mine and three of my childhood best friends. My actual cousin had just moved to Arkansas from Chicago, and since we were the same age, we immediately became best friends. Many of Morris’s experiences as a boy are exactly my experiences. There was much more of artistic license taken in Morris’s life as an adult.
There are parts of the book, I am sure, were coming from a real place and real events, because the descriptions, details and emotions of the people are so realistic, that it can’t just be researched and written down. You had to live it. Yeah, when Morris was at Pinnacle Pointe, those were real situations and people that I came across. The therapist and staff were all created after real people. At that age, hearing the stories of what some people really went through, that undeserved pain some of those kids had to experience, was an eye-opener. It forever changed me in a positive way. To this day I’ve never forgotten the lessons I was taught.
What do you want your fans to take away from this?
I want people to take away that despite whatever life throws your way, you can still achieve. Stop making excuses. It’s your life, nobody owes you anything. If you are waiting for someone to give you something, you are going to always be sitting on the sideline. The only difference between you and me, I did not quit, I did not give up. So, stop blaming others in your underachievements and take control of your life!
Great words! When is the release date and are you planning anything special for the release?
It hits Stores and Online Tuesday, February 20, 2018. We plan to have several book signings and a high school and college tour. The first book signing will be in Little Rock, Arkansas on the day of the release.
Right after Valentine Day?
Yep, you can even preorder the book as a gift for your Valentine date. I’m sure women will enjoy the read. There is a lot of romance in this story too.
Seeing that you have a strong history in film, what made you want to jump into writing novels?
Writing and telling stories has always been my first love. This story has been simmering with me for some time and I wanted to tell it unfiltered. The world of film is all about writing and directing films that will sell to a distributor or Studio, and often times, it is something you are not that passionate about or believe in. However, I find books, specifically this story, refreshing. I told it the way I wanted to tell it. But it also makes you more vulnerable – when you leave it all on the table, you have to live with the outcome of it.
One last thing, I noticed, your character in the book wrote poetry, and I heard you used to do lots of spoken word. Do you still do it? I’ve always loved poetry. I remember being at the University of Arkansas for Football. While practice was going on, I would be sitting on the sideline thinking about doing spoken word that night and making some notes. (laughing)
Wow, now that is hilarious.
Yes, it is, and it is so true.
You want to share one of your pieces with us?
Maybe later. (Smile)
Well thank you for your time and I can’t wait for the world to get a chance to read this beautiful inspiring story. Good luck to you!
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