Luck & Fame Are Four Letter Words
by Paddy Kelly
A new president has taken the reins, the Space Race is in full swing and the economy is at its peak since the end of WWII. Itís 1961 and the future looks bright. However, the entire country is not running on greased groves. Rank Publishing Ltd., in New York City, is hanging on by a thread.
With the advent of electronic printing, a television in nearly every house, and newspaper circulation up almost tenfold since the end of the war, news stories are cheaper and more readily available. Magazine circulation is plummeting and the new sensation is supermarket tabloids.
Kate Kennedy is a young reporter with promise, if she can stop tripping over herself. Two years out of college, with a degree in journalism, Kate has landed a desk at one of the most prestigious Broadway publishing houses in the country, Rank Publishing. But young Kate is quickly learning the difference between the ideals of journalism and the reality of the work place.
One of her college heroes was the mysterious John Lawrence Singer who, with the right PR machine behind him, flaunting his poor spelling, terrible grammar and weak descriptive abilities as a new revolutionary writing style, became an overnight sensation with his post war, existentialist novel War Is Bad.
The problem is John Lawrence Singer hasnít been seen nor heard from since 1947. A year after his phenomenal financial success, JLS appears to have fallen off the face of the earth.
A great man once said that fame and success is the result of a complex combination of factors which interplay off one another all in convergence coming together in exactly the right place at precisely the right time. In other words itís just dumb ass luck because, no matter how much talent you haveÖ Luck & Fame Are Four Letter Words!
Paddy Kelly, Dublin
Paddy Kelly immigrated to New York City in 1966 where he worked a number of jobs, finished secondary school and in 1971 attended the City University of New York on an athletic scholarship for gymnastics. It was here that he was first introduced to theatre and first became interested in writing.
In 1972 he was employed to coach the Icelandic National Olympic team, a post held for two years.
While in Reykjavik, Iceland he helped in the rescue efforts of Vestmannaeyiar Island following the eruption of the Heimaey volcano.
In 1973 he became a Hospital Corpsman in the U. S. Navy and, in 1975, assisted in the evacuation of Saigon and the resettlement of tens of thousands of Vietnamese refugees to Westminster, Orange County where he was first exposed to the world of film making, and later worked as a set carpenter.
Following naval service in 1976 Mr. Kelly returned to City University New York earning a B. A. While at C.U.N.Y. he became involved in drama and subsequently acted in over a dozen plays in and around the New York area, again gaining work as a set carpenter and sign writer on films.
Upon returning to California in 1982 Paddy further developed his interest in writing when he found employment as a script editor.
It was during this period that Mr. Kelly wrote his first novel, Politically Erect, (unpublished), a satire of the last days of the war in Viet Nam and the fall of Saigon. Mr. Kelly returned to the East coast and worked his way through graduate school earning his M.Ed. at Boston. He began writing plays and moved into writing and directing full time, focusing on farce, satirical and political comedy.
Mr. Kelly has to date directed two dozen professional theatrical productions, written half a dozen feature film scripts and is a regular contributor to various film industry publications.
He has just finished his third novel, The American Way.
In the course of his career Mr. Kelly has also written and directed a cookery television programme and teaches cookery classes as an aid to reducing stress in your life.
Visit the author website at:http://www.paddykellywriter.com