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Author Interview – Mark David Major

Can you share a little of your current work with us? (Excerpt) By the intelligence and wisdom of the Aegis Ran in the seventh year of her reign, and with the blessings of the Marineris High Attestar, I was commanded to write this narrative history about the glorious and curious origins of the Empire. At the explicit direction of the Aegis, I was charged to write the unvarnished truth, as can be best ascertained, about the events of that time and our ancestors who gave birth to this Empire. Cloistered here within the residential cells of the Sanctum in the Valles Marineris on Mars, I have labored long to carry the burden of this appointed task to a successful conclusion. I have poured over long-forgotten records, diaries, and Synthetic data memories to establish the historical facts about the foundations of the Empire. I have also attempted to ground the mythos surrounding the grand historical figures of yesteryears in the harsh reality of human fragility and imperfection. It will not be for me to determine the success of this endeavor but rather for the readers to render their own verdict. This story is not perfect. However, I believe it represents an objective appraisal about the people and events of those times. - The Historian u’Gurr Saantoni, Valles Marineris, Mars

Can we expect any more books from you in the future? What are your current writing projects now? I am currently collaborating with two artists on a children’s flipbook, which should be available in Summer 2013. I am collaborating with my business partner on an architecture book, Poetic Sustainability: The Ar|t|chitecture of Julia Starr Sanford, which should be available sometime in the next year. I have begun drafting Mars Ascending, the sequel to Mars Rising, and it should be available in Spring 2014. I am also collaborating with the artist Lacey Boswell on producing a series of graphic novels based on Mars Rising, planned release simultaneously with Mars Ascending.

Who designed the cover? How did you come up with the title? I designed and created the cover. The sequence of covers for the five-book series is already planned using this initial cover concept and the book titles as a basis.

Who is your publisher? Carousel Books

What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general? Writing is more about editing than most people imagine. The actual writing is easy for me but the editing process is hard. Also, it is possible to over-edit a book so it’s important to strike a balance and learn when to stop the editing process. For example, I do believe Mars Rising suffers a little from being over-edited. The last rounds of editing Mars Rising were as much about fixing mistakes emerging directly out of the editing process than the initial writing. Automated changes using spelling and grammar checks can also create as many problems as they solve. When the moment arrives to stop editing (and you’ll learn when that is), courage is required to let the story go and fly on its own. Besides, there are always later opportunities to go back and fix any (hopefully, rare) minor mistakes.

Will you write others in this same genre? Yes, Mars Rising is the first in the planned five-book series. I also have a spy novel I wrote over 20 years ago ‘gathering dust on a shelf’. I have a plan and premise in mind to update and revise this spy novel into a dystopian future.

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Genre – Science Fiction

Rating – PG13

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