Mark David Major
Tell us a bit about your family.
MARK: My immediate family is pretty small these days: myself, my mom, and my aunt and uncle. My grandmother died in the 1970s and my grandfather in the 1990s. I do have a large extended family of cousins. My mother is the ‘gatekeeper’ FOR staying in contact with them. I don’t know anyone on my father’s side of the family including him.
How do you work through self-doubts and fear?
LAYCE: I decide to think positively as opposed to negatively. Also, I always remind myself that I rather fail, knowing I was making my best efforts as opposed to never achieving anything. I believe that if you keep trying, someone will respond to your efforts.
MARK: Once I’m writing, I don’t allow it to affect me. For me, self-doubt and fear manifest as procrastination. Over the years, I’ve learn that getting started is the easiest way to overcome it because then I’m in control and I can work through any problems with the writing. Inevitably, whatever I’m doing, I find it was easier than I had feared.
What scares you the most?
LAYCE: Never doing enough.
MARK: Being forgotten.
What makes you happiest?
LAYCE: Painting. Drawing. Writing. Talking. Learning.
MARK: Reading and writing, spending time with my dog Izzy.
What’s your greatest character strength?
MARK: I’m meticulous, honest, blunt to a fault, and insightful at understanding people in gross terms.
What’s your weakest character trait?
MARK: I’m meticulous, honest, blunt to a fault, and flawed at understanding people as individuals.
Why do you write?
MARK: Because I love to write and I hope someone will take something away from what I produce, whether that is a children’s book, poem, play, science fiction novel, or academic/professional article.
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Genre – Juvenile Fiction/Bedtime and Dreams
Rating – G