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FEAR BYTES: October 2006

October 5, 2006

FEAR BYTES: October 2006

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Hey,

Thanks for signing up to read FEAR BYTES (and, you know what, it DOES!). I hope you find this newsletter interesting. In this issue, I’ve tried to include a bit of everything that I feel may appeal to you. I hope you’re all reading great books, fiction and non, to keep you thinking about life. Or not.

Tanti saluti,

Clint

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Commentary : REMEMBERING DANIEL SMITH

Daniel Smith is someone who should not be forgotten. Amid baby custody battles, marriage vows aboard yachts in the Bahamas, Larry King appearances, and private pathologists transported from Los Angeles, Daniel Smith went to heaven.

I didn’t know him, but I bet he was a nice kid. It’s too bad he never made it to twenty-one.

Like many Americans during 2002-03, I was just as drawn into THE ANNA NICOLE SHOW on E! as anyone. It was crazy!

I remember Daniel from that show. He seemed so normal in an environment that seemed like it wasn’t. Who knows? To me Daniel appeared like the boy next door, one that likes going to Lakers games, skateboarding and leaving homework undone ‘til the last minute. You go, Daniel.

When I read the news that he was gone, I IMMEDIATELY felt it was no coincidence. Daniel left because he was finished. He didn’t commit suicide, but he chose to be done with life. Daniel went onto someplace better.

I believe Daniel left us with two important questions: Why do we obsess so much on HOW a person dies? What does it matter? Personally, I’m so grateful Daniel reminded me of this. We don’t spend the same effort trying to figure out how we’re BORN, we just accept that we are.

I hope heaven’s treating you well, Daniel. I hear it’s a cool place.

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Author Focus : MARKUS ZUSAK (The Book Thief, I Am the Messenger)

Anyone who makes DEATH the narrator in the book they’ve authored deserves applause from me. Completely original. Bravo!

If you haven’t yet read THE BOOK THIEF, please do. It’s a young adult novel that merits attention from both teen AND adult readers. Not about the Holocaust or being Jewish in World War II Germany, THE BOOK THIEF is about the endurance of the human spirit (in any setting, any conditions).

Like many of you in the Munich area, I’m looking forward to meeting Markus at the upcoming Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators ‘Writer’s Day’ (9:00-17:00, Saturday, November 18 at the Seidlvilla in Nikolaiplatz 1 b). If you’re interested in attending, whether you’re a SCBWI member or not, please write to Jim Martin at: jd.SCBWI@yahoo.com . I hope to see you there.

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Fear : FACT or FICTION Quiz (answers at bottom)

1. The most common fear in America is Social Fear : FACT or FICTION?
2. Melophobia is the fear of melons : FACT or FICTION?
3. Ten percent of women and fifty percent of men suffer from Arachnophobia (fear of spiders) : FACT or FICTION?
4. Prescription medications are the only way to remedy fear, anxieties and panic attacks : FACT or FICTION?
5. Cliniophobia is the fear of Clint Adams : FACT OR FICTION?

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What’s up next? DEVIL WORSHIP

Writing teen fiction has been fun. It’s been a way for me to be a kid again, writing in the voice of Miguel and seeing the world through such innocent eyes. A once in a lifetime opportunity, è vero? Nope. I chose to do it again.

Since completing the Miguel series, I’ve decided to write something completely different, EXTREMELY different. Although it’s adult fiction (a thriller), NOT teen or middle-grade, I will still have a young-voiced protagonist in one of the two plots. It’s always been my belief that babies and animals (pets) communicate mostly with their instincts anyway (they seem to know EVERYTHING)…so I just provided young “Pauly,” and his instinct, with a vocabulary.

The other plot involves thirty-four year old “Paul” who knows nothing. It’s up to him to discover. On a whim, in early-November 1991, he visits a psychic in Greenwich Village that tells him, “You must find out the cause of your unhappiness by the end of THIS year…or you will die before the next.” Well, if that doesn’t motivate him, nothing will.

The two plots are ongoing but combine at the end. Again, this is for adult readers. So, maybe when you’re older.

I’ll be done with Draft #1 on November 21 (Remember what I always say in workshops to would-be writers? “Always write your first draft as fast as you can.”), and DEVIL WORSHIP: COUNTDOWN TO THE FINISH, will be released in late-spring of next year.

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Hey again,

As usual, please remember:

1. Fear isn’t natural; it's ALL learned.
2. Keep your TO DO list full.
3. Always BELIEVE…no matter what!!!

Thanks again for reading this edition of FEAR BYTES.

Thanks to those of you who’ve read any of my books.

And, thanks in particular, to those of you I’ve met in workshops who’ve taken the time to write reviews of my novels (and submit them to online retailers). They really are helpful to teen book-buyers choosing between “chick lit” and what I have to offer. I believe there’s room on the bookshelves for ALL.

Until next time / Alla prossima / Bis später,

Clint

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Fear : FACT or FICTION Quiz (ANSWERS)

1. The most common fear in America is Social Fear : FACT (Approximately 5.3 million Americans suffer from Social Phobia; something that usually begins in childhood or adolescence).
2. Melophobia is the fear of melons : FICTION (it’s the fear of hatred or music).
3. Ten percent of women and fifty percent of men suffer from Arachnophobia (fear of spiders) : FICTION (the statistics are reversed; fact: 50% women, 10% men).
4. Prescription medications are the only way to remedy fear, anxieties and panic attacks : Big-time FICTION (as Miguel would say in any of my books, “Get real!”).
5. Cliniophobia is the fear of Clint Adams : FICTION (it’s the fear of going to bed).

books

Thriller
"You must discover the cause of your unhappiness by the end of this year…or you will not live to see the next.” Disgusted and disbelieving, 34-year old Paul Jacobson dismisses what he’s told by a Greenwich Village psychic. Only days later though, while running in the New York City Marathon, Paul’s mind leads him back…to a past he’s never known. This journey begins the race for his life.
Fiction: Teen/Young Adult
Currently #1-ranked in Korea (Teen Visionary Fiction) “What if time runs out?” is the question that makes 14-year old Miguel Estes sweat almost every night. Life's short. Have you done all you want?
Now TOP TEN-ranked for tenth-straight month in Korea (Teen Visionary Fiction) Who wouldn’t want to be fearless? After overcoming a fear-filled life, 13-year old Miguel Estes uncovers life’s most potent and debilitating fear while sprinting his way to freedom.
Now TOP TEN-ranked for tenth-straight month in Korea (Teen Visionary Fiction) Miguel is unique. He has a lifetime measured by days not years; he happens to live with E.B., but he spends little time thinking about it. For Miguel, living with fear is far more deadly than this fatal disease could ever be.
Amazon/France TOP-TEN-ranked (Action & Adventure) over 7-consecutive months. Now out of print, but still available via special order at all book retailers.
Fiktion: Jugendlicher
Das einzige Hindernis zwischen Ihnen und Ihr Schicksal ist Angst. Beseitigen Sie Angst...und Sie werden Ihr Traum leben.
Romanzi per Adoloscenti e Adulti
Una lezione per Miguel, per tutti: Una persona che non ha paura di morte, non ha paura.
È facile, è la verità: la vita inizia soltanto quando la paura è eliminata.

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