Author Dean Koontz Answers Questions

Answer: I've written previously about my unpleasant childhood-the drunk and violent father, the poverty, the ravenous alien parasite that lived in our basement... I often dreamed of running away from home. We lived across the highway from the county fairgrounds, and when the carnival came for a week each summer, that was the high point of the year. I longed to run away with the carnival...and this yearning led to an interest in the culture of carnivals, about which I came to be something of an expert. With so much background knowledge gained over so many years, I one day realized I had a terrific setting for a novel. What came to me was TWILIGHT EYES.

Question: You often refer to "The Book of Counted Sorrows." I can't find this book in any local bookstores. Is it out of print? Do you know where I can obtain a copy? Thank you. Mildred, Pensacola, FL

Answer: The book did not exist when I began citing it. The verses from it were written by me. I now await the knock on the door that will be the Book Police with a warrant for my arrest on charges of poetry-attribution fraud. Last year, a small press -www.charnelhouse.com - did issue COUNTED SORROWS as a beautiful limited, signed, numbered collector's edition at $100 per copy, complete with all verses and a 22,000-word comic history of the text. Because books of poetry don't sell well, I've not been able to find a sucker-I mean, publisher-willing to issue the book in a lower-priced edition.

Chris Snow/ Fear Nothing

Question: When can we expect to hear from Christopher Snow again? Catherine, Denver, CO

Answer: When I started the third Chris Snow book, I quickly discovered that it was likely to be a huge adventure story, packed full of wild stuff, and more epic in scope than the first two. I put it aside to think about it, intending to write FALSE MEMORY and then go back to it-and instead have written a series of books while I work on the third Snow, which is titled RIDE THE STORM. It will be done one day, but it's a book that insists on setting its own pace.

Question: As a mother to a beautiful little girl with Down syndrome, I notice many of your books have characters with DS in them. I also notice that they are always treated respectfully, a rare find-usually books contain outdated information regarding DS. I was just wondering if you have someone "special" in your life that inspires you to place these characters in your books? My favorite quote is from your novel SEIZE THE NIGHT: "Those who don't perceive beauty in the face of a Down's syndrome person are blind to all beauty or are so fearful of difference that they must at once turn away from every encounter with it." This quote is hanging on my wall at work and it is a daily inspiration to me. Thank you. Jackie, Milford, NH

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