Do you have someone in your family who inspired you? Helped you become the person you became today? Actor and now novel writer Sean Patrick Flanery, best known for his roles in The Boondock Saints, The Dead Zone, Powder The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, Saw: The Final Chapter, and The Young and the Restless does and he is celebrating those people as he takes literary license with his experiences with his family in the book Jane Two. This week he heads to Houston for the Jane Two book signing at Blue Willow Bookshop.
About Jane Two
Jane Two is a novel, a coming of age story of love and loss, family and friends and second chances. Actor Sean Patrick Flanery wrote the story of Mickey, a small town Texas boy who learns to love and learns what love really is as well as the opportunity for second chances. Mickey is guided by the loving hand of his parents and his grandfather, much like the author, Sean Patrick Flanery, who grew up here in the Sugarland area.
I recently had the opportunity to talk to Sean about his family and the importance that family has played in his success, as well as the family relationships in the book Jane Two.
Lisa Carey: Tell me a little bit about the story of Jane Two, something beyond the official description.
Sean Patrick Flanery: I think it’s a love story. It’s a love story to Jane, my granddaddy, and to Texas and to old school Texas family values. It’s a pretty accurate road map to where I ended up today. It’s a collection of the most important moments on my timeline. A story which impacted me. It’s something that I have wanted to put out there for awhile.
L.C.: Reading about the grandfather in the story and knowing the impact your granddaddy had in your life – just for fun – if this was made into a movie who would you want to play the party of your grandaddy – top three?
S.F.: There’s really only two, Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman. Either one of those. Those are two people I keep collecting. Obviously it’s a dream but that’s who I keep coming back too.
L.C.: Tell me a little more about the family in the story. We have strong family structure with parents and grandparents, but a sister who has a little dark side.
S.F.: I do have a sister but I took some license with that character.
L.C.: What was one piece of advice that your grandfather gave to you that you really wanted to make sure to include in the book?
S.F.: I think the basic one is that character will always outweigh circumstance regardless of the situation, To not complain about where you are but to fix it. He put that in me and it was a seed and it blossomed and I want to put that in my son as well.
L.C.: There are also a strong parent factor in the book. What about your parents, that are in the book, which brought you to where you are today? What are one or two things that sort of helped make you the person you are today?
S.F.: For the sake of the book I merged my dad and my granddaddy because I didn’t want to have two identical characters. But in reality, my dad was the same person. He taught me the same lessons, but in a different voice, and maybe well placed but different words. He taught the same work ethic, the same personal responsibility, the same concept of take only what you need, use it wisely, save for the future, don’t rely on anyone else and to live life by the golden rule. I think it’s a pretty simple principle if you only do what you expect to be done to you it would eliminate a whole lot of problems.
L.C.: Thank you Sean so much for taking the time to talk to me today about your family and your novel Jane Two.
Pick up a copy of Jane Two for yourself at the Blue Willow Bookshop or other local Houston area bookstores. It is also available on online on Amazon. See Sean Patrick Flanery Thursday, April 21 at 7:00pm at Blue Willow Book Shop in Houston for a signing of his book Jane Two. He next heads to Austin on Friday, April 22 at 7:00pm at BookPeople and then to Dallas, Saturday, April 23 at 3:00pm at Barnes & Noble – Lincoln Park.
Can’t make it to the book signings? He and his new novel will be available at Comicpalooza, June 17-19, 2016 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in a Boondock Saints reunion.