Mark was inspired to chase his entrepreneurial dream in the 3rd grade, selling drawings to classmates. Creating books and inspiring others has always been his passion. Mark’s ability to produce quality illustrations at a fast pace and dedication to mentor others has made MWA, Inc. both successful and unique. In the past decade, his authors have won over 50 book awards and he continues to create new, successful products annually.
Mark contributes his talents and time to the community locally and internationally. He promotes reading and writing via public speaking engagements, book signings, and participation in book events. He has been recognized through the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts, KACo (KY Assoc. of Counties), FAPA Board, SCBWI, IBPA, Readers’ Favorite Illustration Awards Judge, and international book awards. He also volunteers his talents to the Kids Need to Read annual calendar and donates books to various organizations.
Mark’s Associations & Affiliations:
★ Official judge of the Readers’ Favorite Illustration Award 2013–2018.
★ Florida Authors and Publishers Association Board Member to President 2009–2017.
★ Kentucky Colonels, 2014–Present, the highest title of honor bestowed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky in recognition of noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding service to a community, state, or the nation.
★ Independent Book Publishers Association Since 2008.
★ SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators) since 2009.
★ Storytellers of Central Florida members range from novice to professionals.