In the inspirational kids book, first-time novelist Carrey tells the story of a wave named Roland who is scared that his life will end when he hits the beach.
The Truman Show actor cites a childhood fear about losing his parents as the inspiration behind the book.
“When I was a child, my parents were smokers and I had a deep fear that they would pass … and then what would happen to me? I think that’s a common fear for children – the fear of loss. It’s an early existential crisis, if you will. But when we realize that beneath the surface of things – the activities of our lives – we are all connected, all one energy, that fear of loss gets softened. At times, it disappears entirely. At least that’s been true for me,” he explains.
Carey came up with Roland the wave after some contemplative time on the beach: “…the waves were all going in the same direction, just like us. With my book I want to share the joy of life as an eternal and internal experience.”
According to the actor, How Roland Rolls is more than just a book about a talking wave:
“But when he gets deep, he’s struck by the notion that he’s not just a wave – he’s the whole big, wide ocean! It shows humanity’s interconnectedness through the metaphor of a wave in the ocean.”
A deluxe version of the book is scheduled for release November 19. The EP will also be available separately on iTunes.