The Crystal Tear is my first novel and first attempt into commercial writing. My background is in physics. I hold a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in physics. For fifteen years, I worked in the public school system, teaching physics, advanced placement physics, calculus, physical science, and environmental science, teaching in high schools in California, Maryland, and New York, as well as in community colleges and in universities, however my main focus was on teaching physics to the masses in high school. I really enjoyed teaching physics to teenagers for many years. Seeing the light bulb turn on in students and being there when they realized the wonders of nature would always be rare and exciting experience, however, after fifteen years, I decided I needed a change.
When I moved out of public education, I went from the well-established and stable environment of the public school system to a high technology startup; fiber optics. I started doing research on fiber optic components, developing mathematical models for component performance as well as developing new manufacturing strategies to develop new classes of components. This was a really exciting time in my life because I would see an idea I had for a new component go from mathematical modeling on a Monday, to prototype fabrication on Tuesday-Wednesday, to prototype testing on Thursday, to data sheets sent to potential customers on a Friday. Wow. Things really moved fast in a start-up company. I was faced with the opportunity to putting my physics knowledge to work on new ideas and new products; to say the least, it was really an exciting time. Unfortunately, the fiber optics market crashed when the dot-com market boom failed to materialize, and the company went under.
After the demise of the fiber optics company, I was fortunate to have a fortune 500 company’s industrial research institution just down the street from where I lived. At this R&D company, I conducted research on machine vision, automated defect detection systems, holography, robotics, manufacturing systems, laser systems, and numerous small research projects that ranged from plastics manufacturing to health care components. I have the privilege of conducting research with some of the brightest and most creative scientists in the country, if not the world.
Recently, I’ve left my scientific research job to pursue writing as a full time occupation. My path to becoming an author, as you can read above, is not the normal one. The Crystal Tear was never successful, but regardless, I wrote another book, called The Faces of the Finder. That too was a colossal failure, selling maybe 3 copies (me, my mom and my brother). I wrote three more books, all gigantic flops. But then came Minecraft.
After writing 5 fairly terrible books, that deserved every ounce of failure they received. I wrote the first of my Minecraft novels. As you can read on the Minecraft Novels page, I wrote this because my son was cyber-bullied, and writing Invasion of the Overworld was an attempt to teach him why it wasn’t his fault that he was bullied. The book was incredibly successful, landing me an agent and a publisher. Now, I working on my 15th Minecraft novel, with plans to out to book 18 in the Gameknight999 saga. After that . . . who knows. I’ve been rewriting The Crystal Tear, now named Escaping Azule – Book 1 in the Crystal Tear series. Maybe you’ll see that book in 2017???
I’m not sure what the future holds more me, but I feel blessed that I am able to follow my passion. It is a rare opportunity writing these books for all of you and I appreciate all the emails and letters I receive. If you want to send me a note, you can email me at:
marktheminecraftauthor (at) gmail (d0t) com.
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I answer every email and letter personally. If you are sending a letter, be sure to put your address in your letter in case the envelop gets lost. That way, I can still reply to you. If you send me an email through the website, please make sure you spell your email address correctly, so that I can reply. You can go check out the Minecraft Server tab and see the Gameknight999 Minecraft Server. Come log in, maybe you’ll see me, Monkeypants_271, or Gameknight999 himself.
Keep reading and watch out for creepers.