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An Appetite for Adventure

October 15, 2012
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Indie author Ryan Potter

Meet Spinks Webb. He’s thirty-four, lives in his widowed father’s basement, and suffers from a fear of leaving his hometown, which he blames on his ex-fiancee, 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.

So 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.

It’s all in Ryan Potter‘s new novel “The Cleaner.”

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Do guys read?

Ryan Potter has 18 years’ experience as a middle school teacher. As he wrote in a recent blog post at

I know that many boys become reluctant readers in their early teens. I’ve witnessed this unfortunate trend for years and have some theories as to why it happens. The good news is that there are three simple steps you can take to turn any non-reading guy (regardless of age) into a “reading” guy…

If you have a reluctant teen male reader, the first step, Potter says, is to “Recommend a book you think he will like, not necessarily something you like.” A vampire book may not cut it, but a sports novel by John Feinstein or Mike Lupica might.

Step two: take him to a bookstore. “(L)eave him alone and let him browse. I bet he’s thumbing through something within minutes.

And step three:

It’s all about choice. Choice is the most important factor in getting guys to read. Start small. Thick novels might be too overwhelming for a lot of non-reading guys. If a boy likes magazines, comics, and/or graphic novels, that’s awesome.



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