Born in 1971, Mark Oetjens grew up in suburban Chicago, where, as a child, he was was diagnosed with Dystonia, a debilitating neuromuscular disorder. There is no cure for Dystonia, however through surgeries and rehabilitation Mr. Oetjens was able to walk, with only a slight limp, by the time he began high school.
Mark Oetjens received a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Anthropology, both from Northern Illinois University. Later, in adulthood, a brain tumor, which was completely unrelated to his Dystonia, threatened to disable him a second time. Thanks to radiation therapy and Mr. Oetjens' strength and will, the tumor has disappeared.
Currently, Mr. Oetjens resides in Phoenix, AZ and is busy promoting his latest science fiction book release, The Staff of Rahgorra. You can learn more about Mark Oetjens at his website: www.conquerpublishing.com.
Please tell us a bit about your book: The Staff of Rahgorra - characters, plot, etc.
The Staff of Rahgorra is a science fiction action-adventure. Thrull, a crime lord, wants to rule the galaxy. He knows the key to his plan is to find the mythical weapon known as the Staff of Rahgorra. Cam and his apprentice Kayo, agents of the Galactic Security Bureau, are determined to find the Staff first and avoid the war that Thrull threatens. Along the way Cam seeks the help of some interesting and questionable characters.
If you could meet, in person, any of your characters, who would it be and why?
Definitely Koren Osric. Koren is one of Thrull's admirals. His look came about from a random scribble on a piece of paper. I'd like to meet him just to see that scribble actually fleshed out, to see how he moves and how his face looks and how he eats.
If you could fictionalize yourself and put yourself in any situation, how would it play out? Could you give us a scene/scenario of such an occurrence?