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More About the Author
My story: Sometimes people ask, "How did you get started in writing?"
I could talk about reading F. Scott Fitzgerald or Edith Wharton or Leo Tolstoy or Charles Dickens and feeling so inspired I sat down with a quill and a scroll and poured forth a novel.
But the truth?
In third grade I read J.R.R. Tolkien's THE HOBBIT. It was wonderful. And a challenge for my limited reading skills. But it was BIG. Wizards, dwarves, goblins, hobbits. And not just any wizard, but Gandalf wielding Glamdring. And not just any monsters, but Smaug, the great dragon. Heck, even the battle wasn't a battle between two armies. Oh no. Tolkien had a battle with FIVE armies! Awesome.
I was eight years old and I knew I couldn't write a book like that.
But comics? Comics were friendly. They were short in pages, but epic in storytelling. Marvel, DC, Charlton Comics, and all the rest were accessible. I knew how to draw, and color, and I could write simple dialogue like, "Hulk smash!"
So I got a spiral notebook, turned it sideways (for landscape view), and wrote a story. I made up a plot, drew the pictures, and filled in the dialogue. In my story, the Fantastic Four teamed up with Spiderman to stop the Hulk's latest rampage. By the end of the story, everyone became friends. Hulk and Thing even shook hands.
The main difference between my spiral notebook and a regular comic, other than the art and the writing, was that all my characters were cats. Human bodies with cat heads, and cat tails. Spidercat, Kitty Hulk, etc. Okay, that's kinda weird, but the point is that when I wrote/drew the last page, I had told a story.
And there I went.
Top Customer Reviews
Dahlia Grove's head-to-head collision in the middle of a high school soccer match lands her in another world--the Shadow Lands. In this world, the brain tumor lurking beneath the surface of her skull is a flesh and blood monster whose defeat will heal Dahlia.
While Dahlia believes herself to be alone in her struggle, she soon discovers she isn't. The Shadow Lands are inhabited by a community of children just like her who have learned that banding together to fight their cancer monsters makes sense.
But there are enemies beyond their cancer monsters. One in particular--a power hungry witch whose sole desire is to wrest control of the Shadow Lands for herself. In the real world, the witch is nothing more than a frumpy, down-and-out nurse whose idea of thrills is euthanizing patients she doesn't deem worthy to live. But in the Shadow Lands, she is beautiful, and powerful and cruel, her attire a slinky silver number that floats like mercury against her long, lithe limbs.
Drawn into the world of the Shadow Lands by the plucky heroine and her friends, I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat as they battled monsters, as well as their own fears and learned important lessons about the power of friendship.
Like Harry Potter's world, Dahlia's is a world where evil is defined by power-lust, and good by friends banding together in a fearless quest for the healing of not only one another, but the world.
Boss has done his work well. Readers will find the murky post-apocalyptic world of the Shadow Lands completely believable, and will find themselves rooting for the crushing of malevolent evil--epitomized by the cancer monsters--by the relentless few whose courage overtakes their fear.
Milinda Jay Stephenson
My impressions of Dead Girl, for what it is worth (not much - LOL)
1 - Excellently edited and written. No spelling or gramatical errors that I could detect, well put together, flowed well.
2 - Interesting and unique story. Quite creepy and scary, very dark. Mark's descriptions of monsters, action, and the world really put me there - I could feel the cold, damp, dreary environment, and I loved how things (metal especially) were just corroding and falling apart.
My one and only real criticism that was more of a factor at the beginning but waned a bit towards the end, was the main character, Dahlia. She talked and thought more like a 35 year old, with words, experiences, knowledge, etc. than what she really was, a 16 year old. Even a genius 16 year old would not say some of the things she said or have the sort of knowledge that she has. So it sort of bugged me for a while in that I just couldn't get into her being 16. But as the story progressed it seemed she didn't do that as often.
I definitely enjoyed the story!Read more ›
The story itself is full of action, courage, interesting characters (many who aren't monsters), and vivid setting descriptions. I'm really glad that the author has planned another book, because although the ending provided satisfaction, I did have some questions that will hopefully be addressed in the next installment.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I got sucked into this one on the first page. I love anything that has to do with apocalyptic or survival stuff and this one had it all. Dahlia was a badas to say the least. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Tahnee Justus
Well written, though not extravagant with its prose, DEAD GIRL is a wonderful allegory depicting the manifestation of physical illnesses -- in this instance, 16-year old Dahlia... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Phoenix59
I enjoy each book written by this author. You just don't want to put the book down, keeps you wanting more!Published 18 months ago by Tony J. Felty
Mark's vision of a world where we battle our sickness to overcome death is greatly detailed in Dead Girl. this is a must read.Published 20 months ago by James Skipper
The author has created a fascinating, frightening world of ghosts and monsters where people fight for survival when they have fallen into comas in our world. Read morePublished on May 11, 2013 by William A. Simmons
Science Fiction and adventure in rare form! The book develops the characters well and the descriptions really allow the reader to be fully engrossed in the scenes. Read morePublished on May 29, 2012 by Grandpa Olaf