Q&A with CAC Alumni and Published Author Norris Lyman ('03)
Join us as we ask Norris about his book, his dog and where life has taken him since leaving Mustang Mountain.
Thanks for meeting with us, Norris! Writing a book is a pretty big project. What inspired you to pursue this?
Really, I’ve always liked telling stories and talking. One of my favorite pastimes is reading to my nieces and nephews. You know, when you curl up in bed and just read them a story – I’ve always liked that. I’d been kind of randomly putting stories together for a long time, but then I got my dog Tank nine years ago. He’s the most animated, smart, wonderful companion.
So it makes sense for the main character in your book, a small Yorkie-poo named Tank, to be based on your dog. How’d you come up with the storyline?
The book is loosely based on a true story. When we lived in Colorado, Tank and I went to the dog park where we came upon this St. Bernard. I’ll never forget it – he just bounced around for a little bit, but then the St. Bernard barked and it scared Tank half to death. We went back to the dog park every couple of days and he was scared every time. Eventually, he warmed up to the St. Bernard and I thought, that’s a cool segway into a story about overcoming bullies.
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