Author Revealed

About Mark Alpert

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 4/19

Q. Previous occupations

A. Newspaper reporter, magazine editor

Q. Favorite job

A. Statehouse reporter for the Montgomery Advertiser

Q. High school and/or college

A. Stuyvesant High School, Princeton University

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. The Jam

Q. Favorite movie

A. West Side Story

Q. Favorite television show

A. The Wire

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. Thriller writer and lifelong science geek

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking, and thus we drift toward unparalleled catastrophe." -- Albert Einstein

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Death

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Key West

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Come on, kids, hurry up!

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Songwriting

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Jack Burden

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Skiing

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Major-league pitcher

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Polenta

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Dreams of Children (The Jam), Funky Western Civilization (Tonio K.), Thunder Road (Bruce), Maria (Bernstein/Sondheim), Anarchy in the U.K. (Sex Pistols)

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Lee Child, Dennis Lehane, John Updike, Jonathan Lethem, Michael Chabon, Russell Banks, Richard Price, Roddy Doyle, Flannery O'Connor, Robert Penn Warren, John Berryman

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. All The King's Men; The Great Gatsby; Rabbit, Run; Clockers; Affliction

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. The Great Gatsby

Q. How did you come to write Final Theory?

A. While editing a magazine story about Albert Einstein, I became interested in his long, futile search for a unified field theory, a single set of equations that could explain all the forces of nature. I began to wonder what would've happened if he'd actually discovered the equations. Einstein's theory of relativity led to the development of the atom bomb; could a unified theory pave the way for even more terrible weapons? If so, Einstein might've decided to keep the theory secret. This scenario was the inspiration for "Final Theory."

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