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    Author Interview: Mark David Major

    JeanzBookReadNReview interview with the author of Mars Rising and the new book, The Persistence of Memory and Other Plays.

    What is your name, where were you born and where do you live now?

    My name is Mark David Major. I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri but I have lived for the last decade in Jacksonville, Florida in the United States.

    Did you always want to be a writer? If not, what did you want to be?

    I always wanted to be a writer but my career has been diverse because so many things fascinate me: architecture and urban planning, history and politics, academia and business, etc. The common thread running throughout my career has been my ability to write. Besides, at any early age, I realized disappointment was likely if I chose a career as an astronaut, baseball player, or President of the United States because: 1) I get motion sickness; 2) I can’t hit a fastball; and, 3) no sane person would ever want to be President of the United States in today’s world.

    When did you first consider yourself as a "writer"?

    When I was in high school and started writing science fiction stories. However, I do not think the title “writer” officially applied until my play, The Persistence of Memory, was performed for a short 1992 run in the St. Louis area. At that point, the label could not be avoided.

    Did it take a long time to get your first book published?

    I did not publish my first book, Mars Rising, until 2011. Before this, I was published multiple times in different venues including poetry magazines and anthologies, academic and professional journals, and newspapers. Mar Rising is only the second book I have written. When I was in my early 20s, I completed an unpublished spy novel entitled Flowers Are Not Requested. I still have the draft and might revisit the material sometime in the future but it’s not a priority right now.

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