Meet Dr. Larry “Rock ’n’ Roll” Schardt, an award-winning author whose writing includes fiction and nonfiction. He has served as a faculty member at Penn State and Pitt, and as a co-coordinator of Mindful Writing Retreats.
If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be and what would you say to them?
I would love to meet Jesus and spend the day walking, appreciating, and learning as much as possible. It would be wonderful to bask in that tremendous spirit.
I’d start by thanking Him for His inspiration and rebellious spirit of peace love, and kindness. What a fantastic way to spend the day. And, I’d ask Him who his favorite band is.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Go for it, Bro! Thank you for appreciating life and being a little crazy. Maybe a little crazier next time…appreciate, appreciate, appreciate. Keep on rocking. Rock ‘n’ Roll!!!
What is your favorite resource for writers?
Mindful Writers Retreats! Most incredible, focused, and intense writing time ever. Blended with the combined intensity of other writers working together in spirit, the retreats are tremendous events…beyond compare.
What has been the most satisfying aspect of your literary career?
So far, the most satisfying aspect is to be published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Happiness and Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Gratitude…and the incredible joy I felt when it was announced that I’d won 2nd place in the West Virginia (Inspirational) Writing Contest immediately followed by the announcement that I’d won 1st place, too…and the honor of speaking at the Pennwriters and other writing conferences.
What is your favorite tip for writers?
Live life as an adventure…and appreciate every moment.
What is the most challenging aspect of your work?
Sitting still! 🙂
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you take with you?
A library, a party, and a magic lantern so I could make more wishes.
If you could ask a sage any question, what would you ask?
What can I do to make sure we all live more happiness, love, and joy?
Tell us about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.
Walking the steps of life…with each step growing closer to The Stairway to Heaven. First, was the miracle of being able to go to college; Second, was graduating from college; Third, was acquiring my master’s degree; Fourth, was earning my PhD; Fifth, was becoming a professor; and Sixth, meeting the phenomenal people on the road of life…always.
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