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Mark Andrew Ferguson

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Mark Andrew Ferguson is a writer, freelance designer, and book marketer living in New Jersey.

After graduating with a BA in English from Rutgers University, Mark worked for the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency for two years, and spent six years at HarperCollins. Most of that time was spent marketing hardcovers for the Harper Imprint. He worked on books by authors such as Michael Chabon, Barbara Kingsolver, Ann Patchett, and hundreds more.

His first book, The Lost Boys Symphony grew out of his personal experiences with a close friend suffering from mental illness. This story, combined with a time travel conceit he'd thought up for a sketch comedy group at Rutgers, evolved over the course of ten years before the novel was completed.

Like The Lost Boys Symphony, his second novel, tentatively titled The Empathy Machine and now close to completion, uses a science fiction idea (in this case, a form of virtual reality) to explore what it means to search for and maintain one's own sense of identity.