LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Author and dancer Tim Federle followed the classic rule — “Write what you know” — while penning his book Better Nate than Ever.

In the novel, dreams of a Broadway career propel small-town 13-year-old Nate Foster to take a secret trip to New York to to crash an audition for E.T.: The Musical.

“I borrowed from some themes from my childhood when I dreamed of getting to New York,” Federle tells WNEW’S Judlyne Lilly.

Federle, like his fictional counterpart Nate, did go to New York at a young age and has had the career he dreamed of.

“I was a Christina Aguilera back up dancer for a Super Bowl, and I was in the in the Radio City show and then a bunch of Broadway shows,” he said. “And, I eventually ended up training kids about Nate’s age in the Broadway show Billy Elliot which is what inspired me to write this book ultimately.”

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Federle says the book is for all those kids, and some adults, who are yearning to follow their dreams – whatever they may be. He recalls hearing from one child who said the book inspired him to follow his dream of becoming a veterinarian.

“It’s like it had nothing to do with the book but something about Nate’s, you know, determination to really follow his own voice was inspiring enough to some kid who said ‘Now I want to be a veterinarian,’ and I thought, ‘You go kid, that’s cool.'”

The book’s sequel, 5,6,7,Nate!, comes out January 2014, and follows the further adventures of Nate Foster.

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