by Leni Leanne Phillips
Twenty years ago, Catherine Ryan Hyde’s novel Pay it Forward became an international best seller.  The following year, the film adaptation debuted at number four at the box office its opening weekend. The book also spawned a social movement promoting kindness, optimism, and faith in humankind. Hyde has since published thirty-six books, including a young readers’ edition of Pay it Forward, two dozen novels, and a book of travel photography based on gratitude. Her most recent novel, Have You Seen Luis Velez?, was published in May of this year. A new novel, Stay, will be released on December 3, 2019.