Mark W. Sasse‘s fourth novel, A Love Story for a Nation, is situated in Reoux in a fictional republic. Gerald Sanpatri’s life changes, when Rosia Salez enters his life. She inspires the ex-writer to take up his pen again after twenty years. Though Gerald’s loses his job as guard in a bank due to a stolen ID card, he starts writing a stories for his unborn child Jonny. 6 months pregnant however Rosia dies after getting a seizure. The unborn Jonny couldn’t be saved either. Out of grief en passion for his nation, Gerald starts a one man revolution by standing firm every day in the capital city, opposite the president’s building, meeting friends and writing poems and stories about Jonny. A Love Story for a Nation is a great novel about friendships, courage, refound love, and grief. Discover the connections between Gerald and his friends, the audience asking questions to this lonely man standing, and the non-violent power that Sanpatri shows towards soldiers. We are the change, and could sparkle a revolution today.
About the author
Mark W. Sasse is a proud Western PA native but has lived most of the last twenty years in Vietnam and Malaysia. His experiences in Asia have redefined everything including his palate, his outlook on life, and naturally his writing. You can find him most days cruising around Penang Island, eating the local delicacies and taking in the sun and exotic breezes as he looks for interesting places to write. Besides novel-writing, Sasse is a prolific dramatist, having written and produced more than a dozen full-length dramatic productions. He especially is fond of the short play format and has twice won the Best Script award at the Short & Sweet Theatre Festival Penang. His plays and short musicals have also been produced in Kuala Lumpur and Sydney, Australia. Performances of his scripts also won Gold and Bronze medals at the Southeast Asian Forensics Competition 2014.
His professional background is as diverse as his writing. He holds Master’s degrees from California State University Dominquez Hills and Azusa Pacific University in Humanities and TESOL respectively. His undergraduate degree was in English, which helped him develop his passion for creative writing. He has extensive experience in teaching English, history, and drama. On top of all of this, he loves to cook everything from gourmet pizzas, to Mexican, to various Asian dishes. Flavor is the key of both his cooking and his writing. He very much hopes you enjoy the taste.