We had the good fortune of connecting with Amy Lyle and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amy, what inspires you?
I’m a comic and a humorist, so the mundane can be quite inspiring. Just sitting in a waiting room at the dentist’s office can be a source of material.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Nothing has ever been easy for me and that is at the core of my story. After being rejected by a Hollywood entertainment attorney for a screenplay that I had written- he told me, “You’re a nobody, you don’t know anyone and you don’t have any money.” He actually ended up giving me a piece of great advice, “Get on the map, write a book, and get a lot of press and then let’s talk about the screenplay.” That prompted me to write The Book Of Failures which led to a second book, We’re All A Mess, It’s OK, which subsequently led to opportunities that I would have never dreamed I would be invited to be involved with. It was an accident, but, everything I do, stand-up comedy, books, and speaking engagements, seem to have a theme, “I am not a failure, I’m just having a little bit of trouble right now.” People, especially women, carry a lot of guilt and shame about past failures- we all need to be more honest about where we came from and how we have struggled. We live in such a filtered world and perfection is a repellent. It’s vulnerability that draws people to us.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
In the heat of the summer, I would treat a guest to a few days in the North Georgia mountains, which offer opportunities for hiking and floating down the Chestatee River. If they wanted to just relax, we would visit the many wineries in the area. Wolf Mountain, Three Sisters, Kaya, and Montaluce offer wine tastings to full-service spa treatments.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Andrea Ferenchick and Kristin Igmire volunteered their time and talents to create an epic book launch for The Book Of Failures, that kicked off my creative journey. Jimmy Crump is a master editor, “Why say it in five words if you can say it in four?” from stand-up to my TEDx speech, he cuts the superfluous. There are so many people to thank, the members of my writing group, coach Eric G. Reid, comic, Frank King, P/R guru, Becky Robinson, my co-host of “In The Burbs,” Gina Ryals, filmmaker Sam Juergens, Dave Chesson and Laura Peterson (self-publishing geniuses), and my friends and family that are a constant source of encouragement (and material.)
Other: In The Burbs FB page: https://www.facebook.com/intheburbstvshow www.bookoffailures.com Book links: The Book Of Failures http://ow.ly/cTXW30mL8gZ We’re All A Mess, It’s OK http://ow.ly/8hZJ50xaUb1