Help “A Friend Like Filby” to get published


George has been fascinated with the idea of time travel ever since the shocking death of his mother when he was ten, and hopes someday to find a friend like Filby, the closest friend of the time traveler in the 1960 movie The Time Machine. George’s high school friends, Dave and Nancy (AKA Onion), struggle to understand his odd obsession. The story takes place during the three friend’s senior year, with a major revelation in store for George on graduation day.


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Mark Wakely is a college administrator at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois, and lives in a town nearby with his wife and two of his three children. His first young adult novel, An Audience for Einstein, was published to high acclaim. A special tenth anniversary edition was recently released by Mundania Press. In addition to his obsession with writing thoughtful stories, Mark is an avid reader, gardener and amateur astronomer.

Q. Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp?
A. Two messages, actually. First, that whatever helps us cope with our misfortunes serves a useful purpose, even if how we cope is unusual or unique. And second, that true friendship is a wondrous gift to not just acknowledge but cherish as well.
Q. What was the hardest part of writing this book?
A. Staying true to the characters as the story progressed. George in particular changes the most by story’s end, so his eyes had to be opened in increments until he was ready for his breakthrough insight at the end.
Q. Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from this book?
A. Since George is an “average” teen (except, of course, for his whole time travel obsession thing) as well as Dave and Onion (for the most part), I think unknown actors would actually be best.

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