Writer / Researcher / Composer
Mark Christensen is an author, copy editor, researcher and composer. He’s written a novelette called Scarlet and the Swift, a World War II historical novel called Nausea in the Clouds, and a novel about 19th century Vienna called The Lost Requiem of Vienna.
Originally from California, Mark worked in professional video editing and graphics design, but he left editing and returned to school to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and History from San Diego State University. He began writing both music and stories during his postgradute studies at St Andrews University, Scotland, where he earned a Master of Science degree in Sustainable Development with an emphasis in existential philosophy and business. He continued to travel and soon began teaching in Central Europe. After a novelty song he wrote became popular in the Slovak Republic, he remained in Europe for the next seven years. There, he worked as a foreign press editor at the Slovak Republic’s main government news agency, and he wrote two historical novels and a novelette.
Mark is a history enthusiest, who enjoys spending his time in cemeteries – especially his favourite, Vienna’s Zentralfriedhof. His influnces in music include Hans Zimmer, Wojciech Kilar, Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz von Suppe. His influences in literature include Halldór Laxness, Frederic Morton and Franz Kafka. His influences in philosophy include Friedrich Nietzsche, Arthur Schopenhauer, Søren Kierkegaard, Rollo May and Ernest Becker.
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