by Mark Schreiber 


GENRE: YA (crossover)



“Sixteen-year-old Iowa schoolgirl Amanda Dizon may be the nation’s most unremarkable teenager, until she falls down a well and finds herself instantaneously transformed from irrelevant to influencer.  Mark Schreiber’s sly, rollicking masterpiece, Amanda911, follows Amanda’s escapades and sends up the craven, fame-obsessed virtual culture of today’s adolescents.   As insightful as Dickens and as innovative as Heller, Schreiber is the definitive satirist of the social media generation.”—Jacob M. Appel, author of Einstein’s Beach House


EXCERPT The Influencer Festival was the brainchild of Emerson Frost, a Silicon Valley billionaire who thought Burning Man contained the wrong-colored sand and not nearly enough water. The 150 influencers and their guests were comped their trip, and the models, celebrity chefs and musicians were paid. He sold sponsorships and documentary rights, but the festival wasn’t meant to make a profit. Rather he used it as a tax-deductible party and a way to promote his cloud data company.

He had built thatched-roof huts; communal showers and toilets; an amphitheater; a windowless e-sports auditorium equipped with rows of consoles and big screens; an indoor disco with a bar;

three restaurants in white tents, with bars of their own; a swimming pool with bar service; and a dedicated cell tower. All behind a secluded white sand beach. And there was a dock long enough to moor his yacht, and other pleasure boats. And a helipad.

Wow! said Amanda as we were driven through the gate. This is like a camp for rich people.


Author Interview

What group did you hang out with in high school?
None. I’m not an introvert, but I’ve never belonged to groups. Writing is very time intensive, and used to be much more so in the days of typewriters and carbon paper. And I’ve always preferred one-on-one relationships.

What are you passionate about these days?
Combatting tyranny and prejudice. Raising children to be decent and adaptable. Playing sports while I can still run. Helping others, especially when I can’t help myself.

If you had to do your journey to getting published all over again, what would you do differently?Everything. Really. I started at a ridiculously young age. I didn’t have teachers, or mentors. I never met a novelist till I was probably twenty. I wrote in secret because I didn’t want my dream to be laughed at. My parents didn’t push me—but, they didn’t push me. No one had expectations for me, or cared if I became a writer or not. I didn’t go to college, I didn’t network. I didn’t move to New York or L.A. I tried to do eveything alone. I thought locking myself in my room and writing was enough. And it was, in fact, enough to become a writer. By twenty I’d completed seven novels. But it was the worst path possible to getting published, which I learned much later is mostly about connections.

Ebook or print? And why?
Ebook because I travel—or did—and don’t have space for printed books. Also, I’m allergic to books, or old books—the dust and mold. And I hated paperbacks with tiny print. But I loved the artistry of books, like record albums, and having books on my shelf or table, where they were always within view. With ebooks I find I more easily forget what I’ve read, or have waiting on my “shelf.”

What is your favorite scene in this book?
The ending, but I don’t want to give it away.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Mark Schreiber was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1960, graduated high school at age fifteen and began writing novels full-time. Princes in Exile, which explores a prodigy’s struggle to accept his own mortality at a summer camp for kids with cancer, was published in 1984 and made into a feature film in 1991. It has been published in ten countries, received two awards in Europe and was shortlisted for the Austria Prize. Carnelian, a fantasy, was published by Facet in Belgium. Starcrossed, a rebuttal to Romeo and Juliet, was published by Flux and translated into French and Turkish. His illustrated science book, How to Build an Elephant, was published as an Apple app by Swag Soft. He has written over forty books and received two State of Ohio Individual Writer Fellowships. For the last seven years he has been a digital nomad, living on four continents. He currently resides in Costa Rica.


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Twitter: @Markschreiber07

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