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3-Minute Interview: Dr. Mark Morrow, author of 'Dangerous Children'

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Morrow is a pediatric anesthetist at Children's National Hospital in the District and a clinical faculty member of Georgetown University who has written a new book for kids called "Dangerous Children."

What's the book about?

The title is a little bit scary, but it is really a great, fun book. There's a great villain in it with a mechanical nose. He uses it to smell for children because he wants to steal their imagination. This book is appropriate for children ages 9 to 99.

What's the plot?

It's basically about a mysterious explosion, and the only survivor is 13-year-old Abby. Abby is shackled to a hospital bed, and there are two of Scotland Yard's finest detectives who have to figure out what happened, and it is up to Abby to tell them. We are left wondering, did this really happen or is she not telling the truth?

How did you get into fiction writing?

I always knew I had a great imagination. I figured if a single, unemployed mom had the imagination to write "Harry Potter," what's my excuse? I spent three years creating this book and ... pushing the imagination.

Have you always been a writer?

I was kind of a bad student in English, then when I got into undergrad, you have to write a lot. What I discovered is I really did like to write. I would always write letters to girlfriends that would reject me, and I realized that it is really about the imagination.

How did you come up with the idea for the book?

It just popped into my head basically. The title is a misnomer because basically what you find is, are the children dangerous, or are they dangerous to someone else? The bottom line is all about using your mind to its fullest potential because you never know when extraordinary events are going to happen, and when they do you'd better be ready.

- Susan Ferrechio

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Susan Ferrechio

Chief Congressional Correspondent
The Washington Examiner