Clifton Snider's first published novel
Author photo by Mario Hernandez.
Adam (Zed) Avery is the hub around which the spokes of this novel revolve. Sexy, impulsive, reckless, he is the dedicated leader of a Southern California rock band called The Spacs. Beneath his defiant veneer lies a sensitive, literate, generous individual. The product of an upper middle class family, Adam is never content for long with the numerous obsessions that occupy him, including drugs.
The members of The Spacs include Danny Devil, Adam's school friend and the leveling influence on the band; Davey Dynamite, the Hispanic keyboard player; Adrian Cocksure, the sexy bass player; and Brenda Cashew, the alcoholic leader singer until Adam replaces her in that position. Other key characters in the novel are Mark and Melanie, Adam's lovers, and Henry Langford, the reporter from the national music magazine, Nitty-Gritty.
The Spacs had begun to achieve national prominence when, at a concert at The Forum, drugged and lacking self-confidence, Adam falls from the stage, paralyzing himself from the neck down with, doctors say, no more than a ten per cent chance of his walking again.
The novel opens with this concert and quickly moves into Mark's story. Langford has come to interview him for a feature article on Adam and The Spacs. The following chapters tell Adam's story through interviews with the other band members and Melanie, so that the point of view changes with each chapter.
Then the focus switches to Adam in the hospital and his long struggle to recover and eventually return to the music business. The theme is recovery from drug addiction and a self-destructive life style and from the paralyzing accident caused in part by the addiction. Love is also a theme, combined with determination and a spiritual awakening.
The first of my novels, Bare Roots, about a boy born in Wisconsin and raised from age seven in Southern California by a divorced mother, is also available from Xlibris. Bare Roots is a coming out/coming of age novel whose protagonist, Justin Crystal, learns to accept his sexual orientation through an intense but ultimately broken relationship with his roommate at a fundamentalist college in San Diego, California.
The second of my novels, Wrestling
with Angels: A Tale of Two Brothers, is the last of my
novels published by Xlibris. It
is a fictional memoir of my gay older brother and me, focusing on the
friendship of the two
brothers, Darren and Brandon in the novel, Darren's disappearance under
circumstances, and Brandon's dealing with that and with his own