The Story – PR Release

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Award-Winning Screenwriter Debuts Memoir – On Michael Jackson, “Project M,” and Agoraphobia

Source: Front Door Books

Dated: Jun 04, 2012

While many words have been written about Michael Jackson’s music and talent, nothing has been noted about the top secret “Project M” – the one big dream that got away from Jackson: a Disney musical adaptation of Peter Pan.

June 4, 2012

Contact: Katie Graham

frontdoorbooks04(at)gmail(dot)com (email address spelled out to prevent spam)

Santa Barbara, CA – Three years after Michael Jackson’s death comes a book that humanizes the King of Pop in a way never seen before. In Darlene Craviotto’s memoir, An Agoraphobic’s Guide to Hollywood: How Michael Jackson Got Me Out of the House, Jackson plays a key role in helping the award-winning, agoraphobic screenwriter finally get back on her feet again. What Craviotto and Jackson shared in common in 1990 was a top secret Disney film project that until now has never been revealed. “Project M” was to be a musical film of Peter Pan that was in development for Jackson, written by Craviotto, and to be directed by Steven Spielberg.

Disney’s project wasn’t the only secret Craviotto had to hide: Battling agoraphobia and afraid to leave her house for twelve years, since a car accident ended her promising acting career, she was now being asked to work side-by-side with the King of Pop. It was the biggest assignment of her screenwriting career.

The scenes in the book between Jackson and Craviotto are based on actual audiotapes made (at Michael’s request) during their private story meetings at Neverland and at Michael’s Hideaway – a private residence in Westwood that was only known to a select few.

The juxtaposition of Craviotto’s agoraphobia and Jackson’s eccentric behavior is irresistible – The one common bond between them was the story of Peter Pan. “I was trapped by my agoraphobia, and Michael was imprisoned by his celebrityhood. The one place we felt the most comfortable was Peter Pan’s Neverland,” says Craviotto. “Sadly for Michael, in the end he never was able to escape.”

An Agoraphobic’s Guide to Hollywood: How Michael Jackson Got Me Out of the House gives us a portrait of a man who wanted to remain a boy, and a woman who finally was able to grow up.

For more information on An Agoraphobic’s Guide to Hollywood: How Michael Jackson Got Me Out of the House, visit the website: http://anagoraphobicsguide.com. For a copy of the book, or to arrange an interview, contact Katie Graham at frontdoorbooks04(at)gmail(dot)com. (email address spelled out to prevent spam)

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5 thoughts on “The Story – PR Release

    • Hi Lesley!

      I just found your comment in my spam folder – oh no! Congratulations on winning Jen’s Thoughts giveaway for An Agoraphobic’s Guide to Hollywood. I hope you enjoy reading my book. Please come back to my blog here and let me know. I’d love to talk more with you about it.

  1. Hello Darlene. I wish I could explain my agoraphobia to people. I’m so glad you got out of the house. Enjoy every minute !

    • Thank you for wishing me well – I really appreciate it. I seem to be struggling with it a little more than usual at the moment, but that seems to come along with the disorder at times of stress. It is difficult to explain agoraphobia to most people. I’ve given up trying. I just tell them. “It’s a bitch. Don’t try to understand it, just be patient. I hope you never suffer from it.” I wish you much wellness, and remember to be kind to yourself in everything you do. I hope also that there is a counselor or therapist who you can talk with about your agoraphobia – That really helped me a lot, and I recommend it to anyone who is dealing with the disorder.

  2. Hi 🙂 I, too, have stopped explaining myself to other’s. I only tell them if they ask me about it. There could be more to it. I get really severe migraines, and so I worry about whether I’ve injured my brain, as I always bump into things. And the amount of pain I feel from my migraines, feels as if I’ve been hit with a brick. I sometime’s feel I could puke from the pains. If my brain has some sort of tumor or legion on it, then no wonder I can’t reason with my agoraphobia. As the reasoning part of my brain could have been affected by a bump to the head. Not sure yet.

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