Ask the Author: Mark Pendergrast
“I will gladly answer questions about any of my books -- many topics: Coca-Cola, coffee, false memories and convictions, psychology, Atlanta, mirrors, the Epidemic Intelligence Service, etc.” Mark Pendergrast
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Mark Pendergrast Just write about what interests you. Don't worry too much at first about whether it's any good. Write it all down, then revise. Let friends and others read it and get comments. If you are writing nonfiction, research the hell out of it -- read everything on the topic, interview everyone involved, and walk around where you need to be to understand what you're writing about.
Mark Pendergrast I generally don't have writer's block. Once I have thoroughly researched a topic, I am ready, eager to write about it. But if I get stuck or exhausted, I go for a walk in the woods. I take a break. I drink some tea, talk to friends, play a game, play my guitar and sing....
Mark Pendergrast I have just completed a book called THE MOST HATED MAN IN AMERICA: JERRY SANDUSKY AND THE RUSH TO JUDGMENT, which will be published before the end of 2017. It is a fascinating subject, since I concluded that Sandusky is probably innocent. This runs counter to the universally accepted abuse narrative. I do hope people will READ the book before making any decision about the case (or the book).
Mark Pendergrast Writing is really just like talking to someone from a distance, so it's important that you have something important to say. So far, I have written nonfiction adult books (other than 3 children's picture books, for fun) about topics that interest me and that explore important topics. In my case, those range widely, from the history of Coca-Cola, coffee, and mirrors, to disease detectives of the CDC, to renewable energy, to false memories and convictions, and more.
Mark Pendergrast My most recent in-print book is MEMORY WARP: HOW THE MYTH OF REPRESSED MEMORY AROSE AND REFUSES TO DIE. Back in the 1990s, I wrote a book about the then-raging debate over repressed memories of child abuse (mostly sexual abuse). Most people think that books such as mine, plus lawsuits against offending psychotherapists, put a stop to this insanity. But that isn't true. The epidemic continues, though it went "underground." But most people still believe in this discredited pseudoscientific theory first introduced by Sigmund Freud. Hence the need for MEMORY WARP, which is fascinating, if I do say so myself, for its exploration of how human memory really works, and how malleable it can be.