Local author Ryan Potter started following competitive eating about seven years ago. Three times he and his wife made the trek from Michigan to Brooklyn to watch the famous Nathan's Hot Dog eating contest. He describes being on Coney Island on the 4th as a "wonderful scene."
Play the video interview with Fox 2's Jason Carr to find out why to find out why an event, where 'food athletes' eat 50 or more hot dogs in 10-minutes, inspired Potter to write The Cleaner.
The idea for the novel in part comes from the fact that many of the top-ranked eaters have crafted their own personas, much like professional wrestlers do. Some of these men and women are such compelling characters. As a writer, it didn't Potter me long to realize there was a fun novel that could come out of this.
From author Ryan Potter: If you downloaded a copy of the book before July 6, you may have experienced an Amazon.com formatting issue that affected the dialogue, making it less clear to understand who said what. To replace it and get a new file, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For new downloads, the problem has been resolved.
Why should you read The Cleaner?
Do you love summer? Do you love food? Do you love rooting for the underdog? Then chances are you'll love The Cleaner. Look, this is by no means a work of high-browed literary fiction. This is a funny summer read. I wrote this book to make people smile and laugh. Spinks Webb is a good guy at heart. Eccentric but lovable. He has an irrational fear of travel and a 12-year-old broken heart that he has to deal with, but luckily he has a best friend like Danny Fleck to help him out.
Spinks Webb is thirty-four years old, lives in his widowed father's basement, and suffers from a fear of leaving his hometown that he blames on his ex-fiancée, a woman who broke up with him twelve years ago. Some might call Spinks a loser, but the man has heart, and he also has a unique talent. Turns out Spinks Webb can consume vast amounts of food in short periods of time, hard-boiled eggs and hot dogs in particular.
With the help of his best friend and business partner Danny Fleck, Spinks quickly hones his gorging skills and becomes the talk of his blue-collar Michigan town as Danny, an amateur filmmaker, captures it all on video for a future documentary. Danny eventually encourages Spinks to go for the World Series of competitive eating and compete for a spot in the Nathan's Famous International July Fourth Hot Dog Eating Contest in Brooklyn, New York. Of course, numerous roadblocks stand between Spinks and Brooklyn, two of which include mending his broken heart and beating his irrational fear of travel, and to conquer those he'll need all the
help from Danny that he can get.
THE CLEANER is a heartfelt and fast-paced 80,000-word mainstream novel about the power of friendship and its ability to create even the most unlikely hero. The light-hearted emphasis on food, summer, and love will attract adult readers of all ages. In short, THE CLEANER is the perfect summer read.
About the Author:
RYAN POTTER grew up in Westland, Michigan, and holds two degrees in American history from Eastern Michigan University. The first short story he ever wrote was published in a well-respected online literary journal in 2003. He's had several stories published both online and in print since. Exit Strategy, his debut young adult novel, was published by Flux in 2010. Kirkus Reviews called Exit Strategy "fast-paced and riveting." The book also received a starred review in Voice Of Youth Advocates (VOYA).
The Cleaner is his debut adult novel. Find more information at his website: ExitStrategy17.com.
Kindle publishing issues:
7/5 @ 5:25p: Just in from the author Ryan Potter: There is an issue on the Amazon site that is affecting the format, making it harder to figure out who is saying what during certain dialogue exchanges. A fix is underway and should be completed within the next 48-hours. For those of you who have already downloaded the book and would like to replace with it a clean copy -- please follow the direction offered by Amazon below: