Sunday, June 05, 2016

Q & A with Mark Donovan, author of, Waterkill

Mark Donovan, author of Waterkill, has been so gracious and kind enough to agree to be featured on the blog for a short Q & A. Below are some of the questions I asked him based on my reading experience of the book and what I was curious to know. Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below!

Q: What inspired this story?
Mark Donovan: There are three events that inspired me to write Waterkill.

First, the Ebola outbreak that reached both the United States and Europe in 2014 made me realize how vulnerable and unprepared we are, even in leading economic nations, on dealing with major epidemics.  We saw from that one incident the panic, chaos, political finger pointing, and most importantly, the complete lack of any national policy on how to deal with a highly contagious and deadly disease.  

Second, the borderless national policies that are being adopted by the EU and the United States, is enabling anyone from anywhere to walk into an EU country or the United States and do whatever they want. Couple the lack of national legal immigration policies with the third global event, the spreading of radical Islamic terrorism, and we have the ingredients for a major nightmare scenario to become a very likely reality. 

Q: Tell us about your journey in becoming an author, how did you get started?
Mark Donovan: I started writing about 12 years ago. I began a blog, and then shortly thereafter a website, on documenting my home remodeling experiences that I did on my home. In a 9 year span, I wrote over 2000 home improvement articles, all of which are published on my website www.HomeAdditionPlus.com. Many of the articles are also syndicated around the world, via Creative Syndicate.

In 2013 I decided to take a break from writing home improvement articles and try my hand at creative writing. In the summer of 2013 I came out with my first novel, NANO SURVEILLANCE, a book about nanotechnology, spying, and national United States politics.

Q: Who should readers feel sympathetic to the most?
Mark Donovan: There are two characters in WATERKILL that I expect readers to feel some sympathy towards, Dana Cogswell and Spencer Williams. Dana becomes an abused pawn in the story and has to choose to do something horrific after being attacked. In the case of Spencer, an antagonist in the story, I think it becomes hard to fully fault him for his actions based upon what he experienced in his earlier life.


Q: Why do only men play such a large role in this story?
Mark Donovan: Men play a large role in this story, because it is mainly male terrorists that are indiscriminately attacking and killing innocent people. and it is mainly males who are in the battlefield trying to find and stop them. This said, Dana Cogswell is a leading character in WATERKILL.

Q: What overall lesson do you have for the reader?
Mark Donovan: The overall thing I want readers to walk away from after reading WATERKILL is that we are not safe from a major attack that could wipe out thousands if not millions of innocent people. Secondly, that a nuclear weapon is not necessarily the only weapon of mass destruction that could be used by terrorists. Lastly, many terrorists are very smart, albeit sick people, that are highly educated and creative on coming up with new ways to murder people.

Q: What can we expect from you next?

Mark Donovan: I am currently working on a new book about the rise of robots in society and the impact it will bring to mankind, both in the workforce and home.