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 ArtsKACo (KY Assoc. of Counties)FAPA BoardSCBWIIBPA, 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.

Book Awards & Associations:

★ Little Miss Grubby Toes, Plays with Fire!

Mom’s Choice Awards Gold Medalist — 2018

 DOWN UNDER: Kussins

FAPA President’s Book Awards, Cover Design — 2017

FAPA President’s Book Awards, Young Adult Fiction—2017

Book Excellence Awards, Pre-Teen Fiction—2017

Dolly Becomes a Scout

FAPA President’s Book Awards — 2017

OUTBACK: Bothers & Sinisters

FAPA President’s Book Awards Silver Medalist — 2016

★ Mayflower: Fly on the Wall Series

FAPA President’s Book Awards Silver Medalist — 2016

FAPA President’s Book Awards Bronze Medalist — 2016

Readers’ Favorite Silver Medalist, Children’s Educational — 2016

★ A Hand Truck Named Dolly

FAPA President’s Book Awards—2017

Mom’s Choice Awards Silver Medalist — 2016

★ Little Miss Grubby Toes, Steps on a Bee!

FAPA President’s Book Awards Gold Medalist — 2016

Mom’s Choice Awards Gold Medalist — 2015

Readers’ Favorite Award Gold Medalist — 2015

★ Eli’s Balloon

FAPA President’s Book Awards Gold Medalist — 2015

★ Frozen Floppies

National Indie Excellence Award Winner — 2015

Readers’ Favorite Book Awards Finalist — 2015

★ Parts of Speech Parade, New York City

FAPA President’s Book Awards Gold Medalist — 2015

National Indie Excellence Award Finalist — 2015

★ Polly and Her Pigtails

Mom’s Choice Awards Gold Medalist — 2014

FAPA President’s Book Awards Silver Medalist — 2014

National Parenting Publications Awards Silver Medalist — 2014

Purple Dragonfly Award 1st Place (Picture Book 6+) — 2014

Purple Dragonfly Award Honorable Mention (School Issues) — 2014

National Indie Excellence Award Finalist — 2014

Readers’ Favorite Award Silver Medalist — 2014

 Johari’s Joy

Mom’s Choice Awards Silver Medalist — 2014

Eric Hoffer Award Honorable Mention — 2014

National Indie Excellence Award Finalist — 2014

★ Franny’s Rescue

FAPA President’s Book Awards Silver Medalist — 2014

Eric Hoffer Award Honorable Mention — 2014

★ Jilli, That’s Silly! A Story About Being a Girl

Evelyn Thurman Young Readers Book Award — 2014

Ben Franklin Award Silver Medalist — 2013

FAPA President’s Awards Silver Medalist — 2013 

Reader’s Favorite Award Gold Medalist — 2013

National Indie Excellence Award Finalist — 2013

Finalist – Eric Hoffer Award — 2013

Finalist – International Book Awards (Parenting & Family) — 2013

Finalist – International Book Awards (Picture Book) — 2013

★ Nicholas, That’s Ridiculous! A Story About Being a Boy

Florida Publishers Association President’s Award Silver Medalist — 2010

Independent Publisher Award Silver Medalist — 2011

Finalist – Eric Hoffer Award — 2010

Moonbeam Children’s Book Award Gold Medalist — 2009

★ Teddy Tales: The Adventures of a Rescue Puppy and His Friends

Florida Publishers Association President’s Award Silver Medalist — 2012

★ King for a Day, the Story of Stories

Florida Publishers Association President’s Award Silver Medalist — 2011

★ The Little Skunk Who Was Afraid to Stink

Moonbeam Children’s Book Award Bronze Medalist — 2009

 Jadyn and the Magic Bubble, Kenya! Kenya!

Finalist – Indie Excellence Award — 2011

 Jadyn and the Magic Bubble, I Met Gandhi!

Finalist – Indie Excellence Awards — 2009

★ Florida Authors and Publishers Association Founders Award recipient 2017.

★ Official judge of the Readers’ Favorite Illustration Award 2013–2015.

★ Florida Authors and Publishers Association Board Member to President 2009–2017.

★ Marlene M. Helm Alumni Achievement Award for contributions to the arts in the Kentucky community and service to the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts. — 2011

★ 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.

★ 2008 Best of Show, Life in Altamonte City Magazine – Winner in the landscape photo division.

Illustrated Books:

  1. “Stick Horse Derby”—Mark Wayne Adams
  2. “Nana G, That’s Fancy!”—Christa Blaney
  3. “MATES: Uncools”—M. W. Adams
  4. “A Dolly, A Dog, And A Camper”—Kay Whitehouse
  5. “G’DAY: Aints”—M. W. Adams
  6. “DOWN UNDER: Kussins”—M. W. Adams
  7. “OUTBACK: Bothers & Sinisters”—M. W. Adams
  8. “Little Miss Grubby Toes, Goes Swimming!”—Eddie Price
  9. “Eddie, That’s Spaghetti!”—Christa Blaney
  10. “Violet the Hugging Octopus”—Sherry Duquet
  11. “Nicolás, ¡eso es ridículo!”—Christa Blaney
  12. “Juliana, ¡eso son tonterías!”—Christa Blaney
  13. “Dolly Becomes a Scout”—Kay Whitehouse
  14. “Pilgrims: Fly on the Wall Series”—Linda Smigaj
  15. “A Hand Truck Named Dolly”—Kay Whitehouse
  16. “Floppanopolis”—John Hope
  17. “Mayflower: Fly on the Wall Series”—Linda Smigaj
  18. “Theo and the Penny Candy Store”—Debra Latiolais
  19. “Little Miss Grubby Toes, Plays with Fire!”—Eddie Price
  20. “Little Miss Grubby Toes, Steps on a Bee!”—Eddie Price
  21. “Mighty Madeline”—Julie Watling
  22. “Kilpatrick McMurray McFrown”—Sarah Sproles
  23. “Eli’s Balloon”—Candace Ruffin
  24. “Franny Finds a Home”—Crystal White
  25. “Frozen Floppies”—John Hope
  26. “Parts of Speech Parade, New York City”—Irina Dolinskiy
  27. “Johari’s Joy”—Carol Hensel
  28. “Franny’s Rescue”—Crystal White
  29. “Polly and Her Pigtails”—Debra Latiolais
  30. “County Government Activity Book”—Kentucky Association of Counties
  31. “Nicholas, That’s Ridiculous! A Story About Being a Boy”—Christa Blaney
  32. “Jilli, That’s Silly! A Story About Being a Girl”—Christa Blaney
  33. “Pop the Bubbles, 1-2-3”—Jen Goble
  34. “My Friendly Giant”—Lauri Rubinstein
  35. “My Friendly Giant, Playing Along the Cliff Walk”—Lauri Rubinstein
  36. “The Little Skunk Who Was Afraid to Stink”—Brielle Kelley
  37. “The Border Patrol is Born”—Toni Zufelt
  38. “Scribble Dee Sophie: A Story for Young Artists and Their Parents”—Karen Spruill
  39. “Teddy Tales: The Adventures of a Rescue Puppy and His Friends”—Karen Spruill
  40. “King for a Day, the Story of Stories”—Mark Wayne Adams
  41. “Best Sketchbook”—Mark Wayne Adams
  42. “Good NightMare”—Mark Wayne Adams
  43. “Miss Mary’s Missing Book Bag”—Mark Wayne Adams
  44. “Field of Dreams”—Mark Hoog
  45. “Treasure Island”—Mark Hoog
  46. “The Belly Button Fairy”—Bobbie Hinman
  47. “The Fart Fairy”—Bobbie Hinman
  48. “The Freckle Fairy”—Bobbie Hinman
  49. “G.B. Duck’s Autobiography”—Chip Tullar
  50. “Lu and the Earth Bug Crew, Zap the Energy Spikes”—Derek Sabori
  51. “Jadyn and the Magic Bubble, I Met Gandhi!”—Brigitte Benchimol
  52. “Jadyn and the Magic Bubble, Kenya Kenya!”—Brigitte Benchimol
  53. “Guinea in My Cap?”—Wanda Hughes
  54. “Shanti the Yogi”—Spirit Voyage Music
  55. “The McGregor’s and Me”—David Garrett
  56. “The Little Orange Salamander”—Dolores J. Mazzeo
  57. “The Nerds”—Beverly Webel
  58. “Dogs of the Caribou and Other Stories”—Mary Gentry
  59. “Frank an’ Me”—Robert Wolley
  60. “Rainbow Bridge & Other Stories”—Doris Church
  61. “Cultural Cancer, Restoring Social Health”—Dale J. Hyland
  62. “The Gift of the Animals”—Doris Church
  63. “The Magical Forest”—Kristen Mason

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