Interview with Mark AlpertOctober, 2009
SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
MA: Thriller writer and lifelong science geek
SS: What is your motto or maxim?
MA: "The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking, and thus we drift toward unparalleled catastrophe." -- Albert Einstein
What Readers want to know...
SS: What’s your greatest fear?
SS: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
MA: Key West
SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?
MA: Come on, kids, hurry up!
SS: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?
MA: Jack Burden
SS: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
SS: What’s your fantasy profession?
MA: Major-league pitcher
SS: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
SS: What are your 5 favorite songs?
MA: Dreams of Children (The Jam), Funky Western Civilization (Tonio K.), Thunder Road (Bruce), Maria (Bernstein/Sondheim), Anarchy in the U.K. (Sex Pistols)
SS: What is your favorite television show?
MA: The Wire
SS: What is your birthdate?
SS: What were your previous occupations?
MA: Newspaper reporter, magazine editor
SS: What was/is your favorite job?
MA: Statehouse reporter for the Montgomery Advertiser
SS: Where did you go to high school and/or college?
MA: Stuyvesant High School, Princeton University
SS: Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
MA: The Jam
SS: What is your favorite movie?
MA: West Side Story
Questions About Books and Writing
SS: Who are your favorite authors?
MA: Lee Child, Dennis Lehane, John Updike, Jonathan Lethem, Michael Chabon, Russell Banks, Richard Price, Roddy Doyle, Flannery O'Connor, Robert Penn Warren, John Berryman
SS: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
MA: All The King's Men; The Great Gatsby; Rabbit, Run; Clockers; Affliction
SS: Is there a book you love to reread?
MA: The Great Gatsby
Get more on Mark Alpert at SimonandSchuster.com