I usually don’t respond to student telephone calls, texts, or Facebook posts. As a parent myself, I feel kids communicating with adults should happen with parent supervision. So, I avoided numerous calls from Isabella, until I received a letter from her parents.
She was working on a library book report about her favorite author. After purchasing King for a Day, the Story of Stories during the Kentucky Book Fair in Frankfort, Kentucky, she’d chosen me for her report.
“My librarian says authors are better than movie stars, because they write the story.” Isabella said in her letter.
Being a fan of librarians, I replied “I think librarians are better than movie stars, because they choose the books that fill the library.” Isabella shared the letter with her class and school librarian. Within a week, I’d been asked to visit two schools in her district.
As an author and illustrator, answer fan mail—schools are a niche market.
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 five years, 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 nationally. He promotes reading and writing via public speaking engagements, book signings, and participation in book events from Florida to the Northeastern United States. He has been recognized through the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts, KACo (KY Assoc. of Counties), FAPA Board, SCBWI, IBPA, and national book awards. He also volunteers his talents to the Kids Need to Read annual calendar and donates books to various organizations.
Mark’s Published Books
Mark’s Book Awards
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.
★ 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.
★ Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts Alumni — 1988
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