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Author Mark Spears
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I was born in Lexington Kentucky, the same city that my books Finding Eve and Devondale are set in. You’ll also find Lexington, and several small cities around Kentucky, in The Legend of Catfish Joe and Other Stories. I had a pretty good childhood and enjoy writing about some of the adventures, and misadventures, that I had growing up. I currently maintain my own library of nearly 6,000 books, and if I live to be 200 years old I may actually read them all.

I begin writing during my middle school years, my first story a six page piece of fiction along the lines of Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory. I experienced my first public reading that year as I stood in front of my English class and read the entire story. Was the story memorable? Almost 25 years later I ran into a classmate who remembered the story and asked if I were still writing.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get serious about my writing until 2006, when I enrolled in an MFA program. I’ve been writing daily for almost 12 years now. Some days are good and some are not so good. I’ve yet to send anything to a publisher, opting, for now, to self-publish.

I have a variety of interests outside of my writing, including reading, working out at the gym, playing volleyball, cruising, and hiking. My dream is to someday thru-hike the 2,100 mile Appalachian Trail, a four to six month hike. Some of the quirky things I like: plain cheese cake, Iceland, staring at nature’s splendor, and my slobbering, 160 pound St. Bernard. Things that make me rub my chin: people who don’t say thank you when you hold a door open for them, politicians, and the world in general. My favorite thing, hands down, is spending time with family.

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