Inside Out is a semi-autobiographical fiction suspense thriller about the struggling actor Danny set in 1978. Thrown into prison as a non criminal Danny’s professional career seems over. And yet, he’s giving improv workshops with inmates and develops a couple of entertaining acts. The prison’s full of interesting characters, some very violent, others friendly en helpful. Danny’s life as beach volleyball loving, pool shooting, actor, who’s only worry is knowing when his next audition will come, is turned upside down. Acting as way to become free again from inside a prison is a remarkable story.
The absence of chapters and abundance of characters gave me the impression that the story could go on forever. A clearer and more concise plot would benefit the book’s power. Next to that, it’s obvious from the many conversations that you’re reading a script turned into a novel.
About the author
For most of his life Jack Kearney was a struggling actor. He appeared on such shows as Mash, WKRP in Cincinnati, and General Hospital. For a short time, he even taught an acting workshop. Today he is a struggling acting coach in Northern California, but back in the mid-seventies he was a recent graduate of the very prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts where he was part of the first graduating class in Los Angeles. After that he joined the ranks of the other sixty thousand would-be stars who acted in showcase plays, occasionally going on professional auditions, and attending weekly workshops. Waiting for that big break he had many survival jobs typical of the actors of the ’70s and ’80s. But sales seemed to offer the only possible way to make a living and contrary to popular belief, he discovered that a salesperson is made not born. In fact, commissioned sales can be almost as frustrating as breaking into show business. He is currently working out of his home, on commission, for a newsletter publishing company. He’s been married twice. His first, which ended in divorce gave him a beautiful daughter Shannon. He lost his second wife of ten years to cancer in 2012. Now 63, he currently resides in Northern California with his Yorkie-Poo Toby.
The author provided me a free review copy without the obligation to write a positive review.