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Author Archive: "Taylor Clark"

Nothing to Fear in Fear Itself

Whenever an author is searching for a new book idea, it's usually smart to keep one of the trade's hoariest clichés firmly in mind: Write the book you want to read. It's tough to go wrong with this tip — unless, of course, you enjoy nothing more than paging through richly detailed, 900-page tomes on the mating patterns of the boll weevil. But when I began working on Nerve a few years ago, I came to the project with a slightly different aim. I set out to write the book I needed to read.

Like a lot of writers, I've always been a championship-caliber neurotic. If there had been a Talented and Gifted program for worrying when I was a kid, I would've been the prize student; even at four years old, I would anxiously monitor the fuel gauge in the family car, periodically asking my mother if she was absolutely sure we had enough gas to make it home. For most of my life, my innate fretfulness hovered at a sort of intermediate level — present enough to make ...

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