Saturday, July 8, 2017

0 Mark Alpert, author of THE SILENCE, on the lack of silence while writing

We can't keep quiet any longer, we had the opportunity to sit down with Mark Alpert, who gives us an inside look at the third book in The Six series, THE SILENCE.

Mark, what was your inspiration for writing THE SILENCE?

When I was a kid, I loved science-fiction author Isaac Asimov. I especially loved Asimov’s I, ROBOT, which inspired a lifelong fascination with robotics. When I was an editor at Scientific American, I wrote and edited many stories about robots, including articles about the Aibo robotic dog and the PackBot military drones. So when I began to write science thrillers for young adults, it seemed very natural to imagine a series of books in which teenagers get to experience all the advantages and disadvantages of living inside robotic circuitry.

What book or books would most resonate with readers who love your book--or visa versa?

This trilogy (THE SIX, THE SIEGE, and THE SILENCE) will appeal to readers who enjoyed THE MAZE RUNNER series.


How long did you work on THE SILENCE?

I wrote THE SILENCE in about six months, from April to October of 2016. I set myself a quota of 5,000 words per week and stuck to it pretty closely. (But I took off two weeks in August for our summer vacation.)

What do you hope readers will take away from THE SILENCE?

I hope my readers will be totally blown away and freaked out by the outrageous scientific concepts in THE SILENCE. But at the same time, I also hope they’ll fall in love with the characters, especially Adam, the hero-narrator. After writing three books from Adam’s point of view, I’ve become very fond of the kid.

What's your writing ritual like? Do you listen to music? Work at home or at a coffee shop or the library, etc?

I usually work at home. Writing novels is my full-time job, and I spend at least eight hours a day on it. I don’t listen to music; I need total silence to concentrate. Well, not total – I live in New York City, and it’s never totally silent here. I drink a lot of coffee while I’m writing. Probably too much.

What advice would you most like to pass along to other writers?

Keep writing, no matter what. I wrote four novels that weren’t published before I wrote the first novel that sold. (That book’s title was FINAL THEORY, and it was an international bestseller, published in 23 languages.)

What are you working on now?

Right now I’m writing my next novel for adults, a science thriller that will be published by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press in 2018. The book is about an out-of-control American president who tries to use gene editing to create an army of super-soldiers. The working title is SUPERHUMAN.

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Silence
by Mark Alpert
Hardcover
Sourcebooks Fire
Released 7/4/2017

Transformers meets The Terminator in the epic conclusion to this action-packed trilogy.

When Adam acquires a mysterious new power that connects his electronic mind with the complexity of atomic physics, he quickly learns how hard it is to control. Desperate for someone to talk to, Adam strikes up a friendship with the newest Pioneer, Amber. Except Amber's software has been warped, and Adam can't figure out exactly what she's become. But he—and the world—is in danger, unless he can unravel the mystery.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mark AlpertA self-described lifelong "science geek," Mark Alpert majored in astrophysics at Princeton University, writing his undergraduate thesis on an application of Einstein's theory of relativity. After earning an MFA in poetry at Columbia and working as a reporter, he became an editor at Scientific American, where he simplifies bewildering scientific ideas for the magazine's readers. Mark lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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Have you had a chance to read THE SILENCE yet? Were you blown away by the scientific concepts in THE SILENCE? What novel ideas have come from your past jobs? Share your thoughts about the interview in the comments!

Happy reading,

Emily, Jocelyn, Anisaa, Sam, Martina, Erin, Susan, Shelly, Kelly, Laura, and Lori Ann

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