Interview with Mark Alpert

October, 2009
Mark Alpert

Quick Start

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?

MA: Death

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?

MA: Songwriting

SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?

MA: Jack Burden

SS: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

MA: Skiing

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?

MA: Polenta

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)

General Questions

SS: What is your favorite television show?

MA: The Wire

SS: What is your birthdate?

MA: 4/19

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

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