Local writer Lane Orsak is a warm, gregarious guy who knows everyone by name at his favorite Starbucks in the Westbank Market. This camaraderie led him to the topic of his sixth, recently published book, “Dylan’s Divide.”
It’s the story of a character named Dylan Griffith, a Texan who joins the Army to serve his country in Afghanistan and returns questioning the value of his mission and course of his life.
The tale is partially based on experiences of David Griffin, a 29-year-old Marble Falls man who was the roommate of Orsak’s Starbucks barista he identifies only as Mikey. He introduced the two at the coffee house.
“David drove up on his motorcycle with full-sleeve tattoos, and deeply compassionate eyes that expressed great emotion,” along with a full-beard and shoulder length hair, Orsak recalled.
After some conversation, “I realized I wanted to interview him. I said, ‘I know this is going to be odd …’ but asked him to dinner, so I could learn more about his experiences.”
Griffin immediately challenged Orsak, asking if he was “ready to share the truth.”
The answer was “yes.”