"First Place - 2003 Authorlink International New Author Award"
"Best Debut Novel - Fountainhead Press 2002/03 National Writing Contest"
"Finalist - Writemovies.com International Writing Competition, Spring 2003"
"Finalist - Dream Realm Awards, best science fiction novel 2005"
Now Mark has updated the book and published the second edition, which is available on Amazon.
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The rapid, often unregulated advances in medical science that are beginning to alter what it even means to be human is a major issue hardly being discussed by the younger generations, yet it is those generations that will have to grapple with the consequences. I wrote An Audience for Einstein so that young adults can discuss and debate the pros and cons of “reengineering” humans once that's entirely possible. They'll need to make wise, informed decisions as to which changes are for the good and which take away too much of our freedoms, our individual choices, and those very things that make each of us unique.
My grandmother, Mildred “Muzz” Gorndt, one of the people I dedicated my novel to, had the most significant influence on me. She encouraged me to keep writing even after I subjected her to some early and awful short stories as I struggled to learn the craft. Not just kind, I believe she saw more in my writing than the clichés and hollow caricatures all neophyte writers recycle in those first tentative steps, a potential that hinted at greater things to come. Without her asking me every time I talked to her if I've written anything new, reminding me of my desire to be a published author someday, I wonder if I would have achieved the success I've had without her.
What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?
It's much too easy to get sidetracked when you're writing, mainly when you're writing something measured in months or years instead of days or weeks. The “life gets in the way” excuse is bedeviling because it's (sometimes) true, but the best way to push all else aside is to write something that demands to be finished, is so compelling that the distractions don't stand a chance. Like many writers, I’ve written a few “novels” that never made it past fifty pages or so, mainly because they weren't meaningful enough, didn't have enough heft or weight behind them to demand anything of me. Creating interesting characters who beg to have their fascinating lives told goes a long way in overcoming any obstacles life might throw your way.
Now more than ten years after the release of your book, it is making a comeback. Where would you like to see your book go from here?