Jessica Ingold


Making Waves: Lynn Worthington & the Adventures of Billy Bass

Posted by Jessica Ingold on February 10, 2016 at 11:45 AM

There’s an old saying that claims the pen is mightier than the sword, and now one children’s book author is hoping to leave his mark on the pages of history.

Like most creative types, Lynn Worthington is a firm believer in the power of the written word. Armed with a Dictaphone and a wealth of knowledge, his approach to self-promotion is as subtle as it is original: enter a food establishment as an ordinary patron and wait for curious strangers to take the bait (in this case, a life-sized lure reminiscent of his angler roots). It’s an ingenious strategy, and one that has netted him a considerable amount of interest in a world that ever longs for a good story.

Lynn is the author of Billy Bass: The 5 Waves Rocks, which explores humankind’s impact on the waterways through the eyes of a smallmouth bass named Billy. Whereas the characters are made to appeal to Lynn’s younger fans, the overriding message is sure to resonate with readers of all ages: we only have one Earth, and it’s up to us to save it.

There’s a universal attitude among members of the writing community that believes no effort is ever wasted that changes even one person’s perspective. In the pond of life, even the tiniest pebble is bound to make a ripple. This is the philosophy fueling Lynn’s mission and the driving force behind the landslide of international attention that culminated in a whopping 24,000 emails—proving yet again the power of the written word to transcend geographic and ideological barriers.

Determined to captivate the hearts and minds of the younger generation, Lynn recently added another stop on his journey to promote Billy Bass. On Saturday, February 6th, he made an appearance at Kelsey’s restaurant in Bowmanville, Ontario, where several young patrons participated in a colouring contest for prizes, including goody bags, gift cards, and a few larger items to be distributed at the discretion of the judges (in this case, the wait staff).

Like all stories, the story of Billy Bass doesn’t end at the last page. At its heart, it’s a story about triumph: triumph over the external forces beyond our control, and triumph over ourselves in the face of doubt and uncertainty. In a world that often seems to be moving too quickly, the permanence of a printed book is an underrated consolation.

These days it is only too easy to become discouraged and believe our impact on society is insignificant. However, if Lynn’s success is any indication, even the smallest ripple has the potential to become a wave. After all, as individuals we may only be one drop, but together, we form an ocean.


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