Monday, February 23, 2015

Tour Kick Off: A Flower in the Snow

Non-Fiction / Memoir
Date Published: July 2014

"Mark Cosman’s message speaks to mothers and fathers everywhere; this is a beautiful and sensitive book." Mrs. Nancy Reagan 

My daughter. Berlyn, was asleep on a fold-out couch at her high school prom party when a former classmate and high school dropout shot her in the head for no apparent reason. Her murder prompted me to leave the rubble of my beliefs and assumptions to go in search of answers to the most profound questions we ask ourselves. “A Flower in the Snow” is the result of that odyssey.

#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?

I have a long standing career as CEO of an international development company. Writing, on the other hand, is much more personal. I see it as a pilgrimage of imagination. It occurred to me that to make writing a career might confine imagination and bend its natural course into a successful formula.

#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?

The most difficult part of writing, for me, comes when the book is finished. It is when I have to enter a completely different, mundane mindset to sell what I have written.

#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?

I guess my daughter, Berlyn, could now be considered outside the family. My greatest writing stimulus came when she was murdered following her high school prom. After her death, I had an insatiable need to know where she went and what she became, if anything at all, when she died. What is death? Who is this thing sitting here thinking about her? Berlyn’s murder was the single most terrifying and yet motivating force that led me to write my first book “A Flower in the Snow” and later “The Kids from the River.”.

#4 – What is next for your writing?

I want what I write next to change the way we think.

#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?

I read from the Bhagavad Gita and the Brahma Sutras each day. I am also currently reading “The Upanashads,” “Mahabarata,”“Egypt Light of the World” and “Living With the Himalayan Masters.” I find the writing of ancient sages form a foundation from which one’s imagination can safely extrapolate.

This or That?

#1 - iPd or Mp3?


#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla?

Always chocolate

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries?


#4 – Comedy or Drama?

Drama, as it often leaves more meaningful emotions behind.

#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks?

I do not read either.

#6 – Fantasy or Reality?

I prefer Fantastic Reality.

#7 – Call or Text?

I like to hear tone of voice, so I rather call.

#8 – Public School or Home School?

Public – I need the balance of others.

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate with marshmallows

#10 – eBook or Paperback?

Paperback – it doesn’t need batteries.

Mark Cosman’s writing began when his daughter, Berlyn, was murdered following her high school prom. It was when Mark left the rubble of his beliefs and assumptions to go in search of answers to the most profound questions we ask ourselves. “A Flower in the Snow” is a result of that odyssey.

February 24 - The Discerning Reader
February 26 - My Reading Addiction
February 27 - Texas Book Nook
March 3 - Coffee Hobby
March 4 - The Indie Express
March 5 - Steamy Side
March 6 - RABT Reviews - Wrap Up

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