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Mark Andrew Ferguson

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Mark Andrew Ferguson is a writer, freelance designer, and book marketer living in New Jersey.

After graduating with a BA in English from Rutgers University, Mark spent eight years working in publishing, most of that time marketing hardcovers for the Harper imprint.

His first book, The Lost Boys Symphony grew out of his personal experiences with a close friend suffering from mental illness. This story, combined with a time travel conceit he'd thought up for a sketch comedy group at Rutgers, evolved over the course of ten years before the novel was completed.

His second novel, The Empathy Machine, will be published by Little, Brown & Co. in 2017.

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Mark Andrew Ferguson Maybe writer's block is real, I don't know. I've never experienced a total block.

I do, however, experience (often) the crippling self-doubt that makes…more
Maybe writer's block is real, I don't know. I've never experienced a total block.

I do, however, experience (often) the crippling self-doubt that makes me utterly and devastatingly convinced that I will never do justice to the ideas in my head, that I'm a fraud and an idiot, that there are thousands of writers out there who are better than I, and that I should stop, right now, before I dig myself and my family any deeper into a career that's likely to bury me alive.

I just let that feeling happen, though. I write anyway, even if it makes me cringe and I'm positive that I'll regret every single word a week or a year or a decade from now. As far as I understand writer's block, it can only control you as long as you're not physically and mentally engaged in the act of writing. (less)
Mark Andrew Ferguson So far, it's having people open up to me. In my experience, friends and strangers who read my book are very likely to talk to me about personal…moreSo far, it's having people open up to me. In my experience, friends and strangers who read my book are very likely to talk to me about personal experiences they've had, things that my book reminded of them. Because I put so much out there in my novel, people feel permission to expose things about themselves that they normally wouldn't want to. That's a beautiful thing. (less)
Average rating: 3.18 · 336 ratings · 102 reviews · 2 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Lost Boys Symphony

3.18 avg rating — 336 ratings — published 2015 — 7 editions
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Incredibly powerful and provocative, if a little repetitive and hyper-focused on specifics that aren't always super compelling. For people who have already learned about all the rape myths that impact our criminal justice system and its approach to r ...more
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