Interview with Mark Gunther, Author of "Without Jenny"

Topics of conversation:

  • Writing Fiction vs. Memoir

  • Eva Gunther Foundation (

  • Personal Judaism

  • Long Distance Bicycling and Other Interests

  • Advice to Aspiring Authors

Mark Gunther has been many things in his life— student, hippie, cook, husband, carpenter, father, dancer, administrator, musician, entrepreneur, athlete. He has worked in staff or board roles in small businesses and nonprofit organizations for forty years.

After his daughter Eva was killed by a drunk driver in 1997, he and his wife started the Eva Gunther Foundation (, to “fuel hope in the heart of a girl.”

Mark received an MFA in Creative Writing in December of 2015 and since then has been published in several literary journals and other publications. Without Jenny is his first novel.

To learn more about Mark Gunther and his debut novel, “Without Jenny” visit his website at


Joy Rosenberg thinks she's the luckiest person in the world, with satisfying work, a passionate marriage, an excellent bicycle and two great kids. But when ten-year-old Jenny is killed, Joy's life is destroyed. Tortured by visions of the accident and twisted by guilt, she feels doomed to a life of unremitting darkness. Family, Judaism, work, athletics--nothing will deliver what she wants the most: Jenny. Joy struggles to live a life of purpose and compassion while grief is tearing it apart. Can she forgive herself and learn to love again, or will she lose her husband and son forever? An emotional story told in honest and haunting detail, Without Jennyis an intimate portrait of a loving marriage stretched to the breaking point by the unspeakable.

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