Parnassus Books welcomes Scott Hylbert author of Task Lyst.
Task Lyst explores three main characters’ interactions with a Silicon Valley based start-up company called Task Lyst. Elliott, the musician, uses the platform to make money as he strives to keep his rock star dreams alive. Alice works in venture capital and gives the green light for her firm’s big investment in the company. The third character Tim is a soccer dad experiencing a mid-life crisis who finds himself embedded inside the company with an opportunity to change his fortunes. All three experience a crisis of conscience as their narratives intertwine amid the company’s meteoric rise in popularity.
This techno-thriller appeals to those of us stuck in the rinse cycle of the information gold rush. Where has privacy gone? What are we agreeing to in the terms and conditions? And any reader with a dream will ask, what moral boundaries would I cross in pursuit of success? At the core of Task Lyst is every person’s urge to shape their own narrative, to make sense of where they’ve been and what lies ahead.
Scott Hylbert identifies with each of the three main characters in Task Lyst having been a struggling musician, an aspiring media entrepreneur, and a sideline dad looking for a career pivot. Born in Saginaw, Michigan, Scott spent most of his youth surfing in San Diego, before attending Denison University in Ohio to play soccer. He worked in the alternative newsweekly and music businesses for over a decade in San Francisco before enrolling in a creative writing program at Vanderbilt University. In 2015, with his photographer wife Ashley, he opened a creative content studio and boutique event space in Nashville called White Avenue Studio. This is his first book after releasing several records as a recording artist and producer.