Saturday, November 07, 2009

Featured on Overbooked and "Down to the Core"

My new novel, The Big Wake-Up, makes the featured title list for November on Ann Chambers Theis' great resource for readers, Overbooked.

And read an interview with me on Heather Paye's blog, "Down to the Core." Here's a little excerpt:
Heather: Some people say that you need to live life before you write a book, do you think that it’s experience that writes a book or imagination?

Mark: My mother would be among their number. When I told her I wanted to be a novelist in college, she replied, “But you haven’t done anything.”

I don’t think a deep well of life experience is required to write. If you have the talent and passion, you can learn to spin a good yarn. Experience (and practice) in writing are more important than decades and decades of living.
I dedicated The Big Wake-Up to my mom, but by now she might concede that I've "done something."

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