Don Mardak has been a student of Christian mysticism and the Infinite Way writings of Joel S. Goldsmith for more than four decades. He also has conducted classes on Living the Mystical Life, and has been a successful entrepreneur for most of his working years. As the President, CEO, and Chairman of a small public company-International Monetary Systems, or IMS Barter-Mr. Mardak always tried to apply the mystical principles outlined in his books and on his website in his business dealings and relationships. The results have been quite astonishing as, very often, without taking thought, or striving for a specific result, the proper person appeared, or a meaningful event occurred, which made each day a divine spiritual unfoldment. Mr. Mardak tries to communicate these principles in his three books: An Adventure In Mysticism, Armageddon and the 4th Timeline, and Spiritual Healing for Today, Tomorrow, & Beyond. His greatest desire is that those of you who truly are receptive to this message will open yourselves up to the inflow of the Spirit. In that process, you will find answers to your deepest questions which, then, will lead you to your own search for Truth, and ultimately, your personal spiritual destiny. Mr. Mardak lives with his wife Judy in Wisconsin and Florida. They have two grown children and four grandchildren.
1. When/why did you decide to become a writer?
I have always enjoyed writing and other creative pursuits. At the age of nine years, I began drawing my own comic books. Having always had a flair for good grammar, I have written many articles for various industry publications, along with copy for other printed material that my businesses have needed. But the first attempt at writing a novel came about fifteen years ago.
2. What authors inspired you when you were younger? What books do you enjoy reading today?
Early on, I enjoyed books about baseball or other sports. Then in my teens, I became very interested in science-fiction writings and the possibility of life on other planets. But when my interest in metaphysics and spirituality began to evolve, all of my writing efforts were in that genre.
And some of the most inspiring authors there are: Joel S. Goldsmith, Richard Bach, and Eckhart Tolle. As you will see below, I don't have much time to read today.
3. What was the inspiration behind your novel Armageddon and the 4th Timeline?
Armageddon is the sequel to my first book, An Adventure in Mysticism. An Adventure is the story of one young man's spiritual awakening and his ultimate search for Truth. Armageddon and the 4th Timeline continues that narrative, but adds in two other dimensions: the war on terror, and time travel, making it a multi-genre read.
4. Are you planning on writing another novel of the same type?
Yes. The sequel to Armageddon--which will become the third book in the trilogy--is about 40% finished. It is titled, The Search for the Scrolls and the Final Timeline.
5. What do you think this book would be like had you not studied Christian Science?
Probably quite different, although the teaching that has inspired and motivated me the most is The Infinite Way message of Joel S. Goldsmith
6. How do your personal beliefs help/hinder your writing?
They are very helpful. I believe that we all have a Divine Source of Life and Intelligence active within us as the reality of what we are. Based upon that belief, each of us can tap into that infinite Source of wisdom and knowledge, and we will be directed in all our endeavors. Hence, if writing is your inclination, you will be a better writer.
7. Do you, personally, think it's possible to go back in time?
Most scientists--including Stephen Hawking--say it is not. Yet, wouldn't it be fun if you could? But then think of the chaos that would be created if thousands of us could go back and change some event that would alter the future. The paradoxes produced by that would be immense. I believe that the only way time travel would be possible is through the approach that I outlined in Armageddon, not by using some type of time machine, but as an activity of consciousness.
8. What do you want readers to take from Armageddon?
That there is more to life than can be seen, heard, or touched with our five physical senses. There is a spiritual universe--a higher dimension of life--to which we all have access. We merely need to turn within to the center of our being to find it. And if enough people begin meditating on this fundamental Truth and make contact with that Divine Essence within their own souls, we could create a universal circle of illumined beings who could uplift the collective consciousness of all mankind and truly establish the new age of enlightenment.
9. What author, dead or alive, would you love to collaborate with?
Joel S. Goldsmith
10. Can you tell KSR readers what you're working on now?
Aside from promoting the books that I already have in print, I mentioned above that I am writing the third book in my Grand Circle Trilogy: The Search for the Scrolls and the Final Timeline.
11. Where do you see yourself and your career in the next ten years?
Hopefully at the level of the great, successful writers whose books have started this process of spiritual awakening.
12. Would you like to see Armageddon made into a film? It has very visual narration.
Yes. Many people have suggested that, and the judge who gave it a silver medal in the Benjamin Franklin Digital Book Awards commented that Armageddon would make a fantastic motion picture.
13. What other genres would you like to try your hand at?
It would be very difficult for me to write anything that did not carry some degree of a spiritual message. But as the two books mentioned above are fictional novels that teach these principles, I also have a third book in print titled Spiritual Healing for Today, Tomorrow & Beyond. That one is a true textbook, or "how-to" book on the subject.
14. If you were given the option to go back in time, would you?
15. Thank you for participating in the interview! Can you please leave the readers with three things that may surprise them about you?
How about four things?
I am a rabid fan of Green Bay Packers' football.
Completely contradicting that statement, I meditate at least two to three hours each day.
I have been a musician--keyboards--for much of my life and have written more than thirty songs.
I still work most days as Chairman of the Board of a barter company that I founded 29 years ago.