Hyatt Bass is the first person to tell you she never intended to write a novel. Growing up in a high profile Texas family, weekend activities ranged from shooting Quail at the family ranch to having her portrait shot by Andy Warhol, but she spent most of her time training rigorously to become a professional ballet dancer until a series of injuries ultimately shifted her focus to shooting films. At Princeton she majored in English Literature because it was the only department liberal enough to let her write her thesis on film, and after college, moved to Los Angeles where she worked as a production assistant on Sister Act, a camera assistant on Tombstone, and an assistant editor and camera assistant at Roger Corman‘s infamous Concorde Films.
After making her own short film, Just Desert Bass moved to New York City, then wrote, directed, edited, and produced the award-winning feature, Seventy-Five Degrees in July (released in 2006), which she filmed in her hometown of Ft. Worth Texas. While still in the editing process, and engaged to be married, she began writing her next screenplay. But after scribbling too many notes in the margin that said “not right for film-maybe for novel?” she switched formats, and THE EMBERS was born. Over the past five years, now a mother of two rambunctious young boys, Bass has juggled her work as a writer and mother, while writing a story about a once close-knit family that has become divided by deep guilt and blame over a son’s mysterious death. Hyatt also serves on the Board of Directors for the New York Women’s Foundation, and will be giving a portion of THE EMBERS’ proceeds to Women’s Funds throughout the country that work to achieve economic security and justice for low income women and girls.