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More About the Author
I'm an author from San Diego.
How did I get into writing?
I practiced the original (oral) form of storytelling for over 30 years through role playing games. This is the best kind of training. If you make a mistake, you find out immediately. You learn how to build tension, how to do jump cuts, how to create multi-strand plotlines, and how to get someone personally interested in a story.
I went to school studying computer animation and special effects, but I found that without a story, there is nothing to animate. So I started reading books on writing.... Over the next 10 years, while reading nearly 200 books and taking writing courses, I began to adapt storytelling techniques to my games, and it worked!
I created my own role playing game because I wanted to create a more accurate historical game, and also to help people tell better stories. I published the book and it sold out in two years. Since I never got into the game business to make money (I did it for fun), I spent too much on marketing the book and didn't have the cash to print more books (I was exhausted anyway).
My brother, Charles Holloway, introduced me to several of his writer friends (William F. Nolan, George Clayton Johnson, Marc Scott Zicree, David Gerrold, Clive Barker and Ray Bradbury). Since I was around other writers, I decided to begin writing novels of my own.
I discovered John Truby, who I regard as the BEST writing instructor in the world and I bought everything he has on writing.
THE DREAM CRYSTAL
It took me about a year to design my first novel, a year to write it and another year to figure out how to market it. Now it's done. I've just discovered that I released it on Friday the 13th!
Anyway, I hope you enjoy it!
I'm also a juggler, but that's another story.
Mark O'Bannon :)
Top Customer Reviews
But I had a hard time grasping his reality. Shadow, Faery, and Us. Or, Shadow/Faery and Us. The plot takes the heroine from us to Faery where magic is real. Mark gets it right when he shows that in a world of magic, the nature of the world would be war, as Shadow battles Faery. Magic invalidates physical laws, so the environment is whatever kind of magic any author imagines.
Mark seemed to imagine magic as a genetic characteristic which was optimized by adopting a certain magic abilities. Reality was created by making inanimate things magic so that there could be places. These places were an alternate earth. The characters could cross over to any of the three worlds but mostly shadow attacked Faery and they left us alone. The only aspect of reality which was consistent in all three worlds was time, I mean, you have to have a plot.
Well, when anything you can imagine comes true, kind of like writing a novel, Mark went Middle Ages on us. War. I would have been more interested in how Mark imagined a magic based economy, or maybe family life, and then answer the question of how you die in a magic world. For that matter, how you are born. When you can rearrange molecules, like a star going nova, with just a thought, is there any crucible left for a plot? Give us readers a mechanism, imagine something, as to how you think magic would work in a magical world.
Along with this comes the knowledge that she has a 'sister', well the girl she was exchanged with, and she decided to find her but soon learns that she has been taken by the Shadow People.
I think that is secondary plot, though I am still not positive. As the name we also have the plot about the actual Dream Crystal about which the book is named. We get three worlds in this novel-- the human world I guess, the shadow world and the land of dreams, which is where all the fairies live.
We meet a lot of interesting people from all three among them are, Genevieve a human and Aisling's best friend. Eileen, a faerie. Ith, the shadow king.
One of the reasons this novel only gets three stars was because of several little things that bothered me. It was nothing that affected the story as a whole but did cause a slow pace at times.
Example: There were many character in the book and while some such as Aisling, Erin and Elaine was easy to remember we get a lot of other characters, mostly male now that I think back on it, that I couldn't really keep straight.
Above is a very vague premiss of what this book is about I would try to give a more in-depth one but just do not think it is possible without giving everything away.
When it came down to it I find I could not love Aisling, like her yes, but not love her. She just seemed slightly artificial to me and kind of a tease if you will. Also, I never felt a very strong connection with her, which is strange as the novel is only her POV.
Altogether I really did like the novel and think it is a good first book and look forward to see more in the series.
I would recommend this novel to anyone interested in a novel about fairies or a slightly long fantasy.
*I received an Ebook copy of this book for free to review from the author.
I enjoyed reading The Dream Crystal. I like fantasy, and its not something that I have read a whole lot of, but I did enjoy reading this. Mark does a fantastic job of transporting you into the world of the fairies. There are 3 actual worlds, the dream world, the shadow world, and the human world and they mirror each other geographically, since they're more like alternate dimensions.
There were a lot of characters, and sometimes they got a little bit confusing, and some of the names are a little hard to pronounce, but luckily, there is a handy dandy appendix in the back with the cast of characters and how to pronounce the troubling names. I also struggled with whether I liked some of the characters, my biggest struggle being Aisling. She's very proud and passionate, and she seems very into herself and her looks at certain points, which made me unsure of whether I really liked her. But as the story went on, she grew on me. Also, because Aisling wants to become a fashion designer, there is a lot of attention to detail about what the characters are wearing. In most of the scenes there was a description of the characters and everything that they were wearing.
I also liked the emphasis put on the Celtic history and the occurrence of Gaelic phrases throughout the book. My family being Irish, I could really appreciate this and I thought that it really added to the novel.
However, I did feel at times that the story dragged because of all of the detail that was put in and it just didn't feel like it was important to the story line at times.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Dream Crystal By Mark O'Bannon
Erin O'Neil is a fashion design student, she gets kicked out of college then shortly after, out of her home. Read more
The Dream Crystal is the first in the new series, The Dream Wars, by Mark O'Bannon. The book opens with Aisling at a pivotal point in her life, having just lost her dream of... Read morePublished on September 1, 2011 by Kiki Deister
I loved reading this book! The story drew me in completely; I couldn't wait to find out what happened next. Read morePublished on July 29, 2011 by vestalartisan
The author contacted me about reviewing his book The Dream Crystal. I fell in love with the cover and said yes. See how easy I am? Read morePublished on July 8, 2011 by Susan Schleicher
Erin, dress-designer extraordinaire, lover of music and color, and quiet misfit, finds herself thrown out of home and college both in one day. Read morePublished on June 27, 2011 by Sheila Deeth
Aisling is born in the fairy world, switched at birth with a human child. Aisling, lives in the human world unaware of the fairy world until her school tells her that her fashion... Read morePublished on June 22, 2011 by Christopher Brett
In the first book of Mark O'Bannon's The Dream War series, Erin is a student in Seattle studying to be a fashion designer. Read morePublished on June 10, 2011 by Diana Reed
The Dream Crystal by Mark O'Bannon was beautifully written and the second I saw the cover I knew it was going to be one my favorite books. Read morePublished on June 7, 2011 by Tanya Contois
Can you imagine a world without dreams? And I don't just mean the dreams we have when we're in bed, I mean dreams of our futures, our goals, and all the possibilities of a... Read morePublished on June 6, 2011 by Courtney
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