Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Behind The Words // Larry Enright

I know Author Larry Enright from Twitter, after first hearing his name uttered by mutual acquaintances who mentioned how darn funny his book, "Four Years From Home" is. When I think of Larry I imagine a somewhat seasoned writer who's seen it all, done a good heaping portion of it, and took home the t-shirt as a souvenir. Plus, he's charming as all-get-out. Let's see what Mr. Enright has to say about his unique writing situation and experience...

Larry talks about this guy named Larry Enright...

Who the heck am I? I often ask myself that question. I was born in Pittsburgh four years after World War II ended and am the middle kid in an Irish Catholic family of five children. My father and mother were married during the war and started their family after Dad came home in 1945. I have his wedding photo. He was in uniform and my Mom was in a beautiful dress - her mother’s wedding dress. Things were very different then. People were happy to be at peace again after that terrible conflict and struggling to rebuild their lives, always hoping for things to get better. There were no personal computers, no Internet, we shared a phone line with the neighbors. TV - if you were lucky enough to have one - was black and white. And if you were a writer, you used a pencil and paper.

Today, in addition to being an aspiring old writer, I am a musician prolifically published on Youtube. Yes, I know, but please hold your applause until the end. I play acoustic guitar and have since 1964, my Martin D-35 being the one material possession I will regret not being able to take with me — well, not counting the coffee maker. I am also Director of Research at Neumann University where I do predictive and statistical modeling. Turn down your pacemakers if the excitement is too much. I live on a farm on which we used to grow and sell Christmas Trees. We have of late adopted a “back to nature” approach to the farm which is about as laissez-faire as you can get. I have been married for 31 years and have two sons in their twenties.

Four Years from Home is, I would guess, the only thing I have written that you might know. However, there are over 300 million people in this country alone, so unless you are one of the 20,000+ who have bought the book, chances are pretty slim you will know my work. But, now that I think of it, it can be pirated at several Internet torrent sites, so maybe I underestimate the potential there. I have also written two other novels (and I use the term loosely) which never made it to publication. They were, as I call them, practice runs.

Larry talks about his writing space...

We have an enclosed sun porch where all but one of the family computers reside. That is where most of my writing is done. It faces east, so mornings are fantastic there. There are wrap-around bookshelves below all the windows, a neat chestnut slat ceiling, and the leftover scent of honey from a bee hive that periodically comes and goes in the crawl space under the room. We have deer that wander through the yard outside the sun porch, a family of 15 wild turkeys that frequently march past, and many, many other birds. The house sits so far back from the road and is so protected by the trees around us that we have become a bit of a haven for wildlife. I also have a computer in the study upstairs if I need absolute quiet. I don’t listen to anything but my own thoughts when I write.

Larry talks about his upcoming writing...

I am working on are a sequel to Four Years from Home. The first draft was finished over Christmas and I am now working through the second draft. It’s a major rewrite, but it’s coming along. My personal goal is to finish and publish by the fall. A falling meteorite might actually speed up that process.

In addition to that, I am just beginning a serialized prequel that will be published periodically as a blog. It is called A King in a Court of Fools. If you read Four Years from Home, you will recognize the title. So many people who read Four Years from Home were clamoring for more about the life of the young Tom Ryan, the protagonist in Four Years from Home, that I felt compelled to feed the frenzy. Actually, I thought it would be fun to create his earlier life in serial format and if it actually worked out, publish that as an e-book as well. The first episode is due out this month. That worked for Dickens, didn’t it?

Larry talks about his support...

My wife and sons are very supportive of my efforts. I made them sit through fourteen sessions of my reading Four Years from Home aloud. After such a brainwashing, how could they not be? There is never enough chocolate.

Larry, thanks so much for stopping by and sharing some insight into you, how you work and what you're up to. (I always suspect you're 'up to something' and now I know for sure). If readers want to learn even more about Larry and his writing they can catch up with him at his blog or Facebook page.  Oh, and you should watch the video of Larry at his webiste, too!

Much obliged, Mr. Enright!


  1. Thanks, Jason, for interviewing me. You're not Letterman, but I'd much rather be in the Farthest Reaches than on late night TV. I have trouble staying up past eleven.

  2. Yeah, I was considered as a late night host but I had to say no thanks when they offered their millions. "Sorry," I said, "I need my teddy bear and warm milk before 11 PM."

  3. Thank you for sharing this extremely funny, and very talented author. Great interview. (Uh, Larry, the check is in the mail, right?)

    All jokes aside, I loved Four Years From Home.

  4. Really, it's Mr. Enright who is gracing *me* with *his* presence here, Linda. But thank you for stopping by my lil spot on the web.

  5. Larry's an interesting guy. Thanks for featuring him, Jason. I envy him his sun porch (actually, I envy him his SUN)—not so much the statistical modeling…

  6. Larry? Interesting? Nawwwww. He just wants us all to *think* that. He throws in talk about the statistical modeling as a hint: he's actually dull as dry toast. :D

    I jest. In reality, you're totally right, Marty (byathreadthebook): He's a witty, not-too-self-deprecating, affable fellow and I'm honoured to host his words here!

  7. Statistical modeling ROCKS!!! Well, not really, but Larry does. Great interview gents - fun and interesting. Cheers!

  8. Larry does indeed rock. It's that acoustic guitar. There's a tiny but powerful amp hidden inside the man himself and he just plugs the guitar into his chest...and away he goes!

    Thanks for stopping by, Mark!

  9. I love this interview. Seemed as if I were sitting in a room listening to a casual conversation.

  10. Great feedback, Ey. We're pretty informal around here and it means a lot that you feel the post was natural and enjoyable. Thanks for stopping in!

  11. Larry,so nice to meet you, and honored to have you as one of my tweeps in the twitverse. Lovely interview, it seems you have created a beautiful place to be creative, and can now enjoy the fruits of your statistical modeling...(don't let the haters get you could be much worse, trust me) lol friends and family still try to get christmas trees? (Kidding)
    The world has indeed changed so much even in the last 20-60 years, can you imagine trying to describe the very act of blogging and posting to your grandfather? I have older friends that ask me why they should want people to "follow" them...bout the fourth time I just put my head on the table, close my eyes and go to my happy place. I think it's usually one of Jason's stories..heh heh Just wanted to say hi, nice to meet you, anything you need just ask. A friend of Jason's is a friend of mine! Cheers!

  12. Linda - the check's in the mail.
    Marty - the sun's in the sky.
    Mark - the rocks are in my head.
    Ey - the casual is in my mind.
    kimba - the trees are in the field.

    Help yourself to it all!

    Thanks for stopping by, folks. J.'s the best.

  13. Kimba, dear, if my stories are your happy place then I would not want to visit. Oh wait. Sure, I would. I visit that place every day.

    As always, glad that you can swing by, Kimba. Good that you and Larry have now been able to connect!

  14. suuhweeeet, Larry! I went back and checked..quite lovely how we all lined it up for ya..synchronicity or confluence? I ask that question often, btw...
    jason, we are twisted that is fo sho, I never thought we weren't....anything that makes me think creates the dopamine I crave..and you my friend create works of art that are like a dopamine drip...and I just keep pushin the button...HA!

  15. Push it harder and more often, wouldja, Kimba? I feel like I'm not dripping as much of the old fiction right now as I could be and maybe if you lean on the buzzer (which you are, in your unique and lovable way), maybe I'll get more churned out to read. :)

  16. Larry is like a fine wine that must be sniffed and sipped to be enjoyed; Larry is like a light summer mist settled softly onto a high mountain meadow; Larry is like the bark of a small dog.... What? Oh. My meds are ready? Oh, heck, Larry is a good guy.

  17. Ahhhhh, Mark! Now your personality makes perfect sense to me. You're either ON the meds or OFF them. I just had a strobe-like moment of clarity.


    Seriously, thanks for reading and saying hello, my friend.

  18. Valerie Maarten said...
    Actually, Larry is like an "Alien" who plants thoughts in people's head then feign innocence. jk

    Love it! Most of us who already know him knows that he's charming and funny. Great interview Larry and Jason.

  19. Larry Enright: charming and funny. Valerie said it. Must be true.

    Thanks for stopping in Ms. Maarten, pleasure to see you here!

  20. Great interview! It's so cool Larry works with models. And he described his sun porch so well, it's almost like i was sitting there with him watching the turkeys strut by.
    Thanks for hosting all the interviews, J, what fun!

  21. Little known fact: Larry actually works with SUPERmodels. True statement. You'll see it in a future edition of Trivial Pursuit.

    So happy you found the interviews a good read, El. I noticed you read them in quick succession. I hope your eyes aren't buggy!

  22. Eek! Another book for my to-read list. The weight of it is threatening to collapse the walls in my home. :)

    Jason, thanks for another fun post.

    Larry, I enjoyed getting to know you and look forward to reading your work!

  23. Always my pleasure to introduce readers to new writers and writers to new readers, Darcia. Since each you and Larry are both a reader and a writer it's doubly --no, quadruply-- fun for me to be in the middle of your acquaintance!

  24. I distinctly remember writing alovely post about how much I enjoy Larry's twitter company and how much I enjoyed his book. wow. the ending!

    but it disappeared, so I had to settle for a faint imitation.

    great interview, Larry

  25. Sorry if the blog blew up on your comment. So glad you had the patience to try again, Thea.


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