Mark Wayne McGinnis is a #1 best-selling author of thirteen books. His book series include Scrapyard Ship, Star Watch, Lone Star Renegades, and Tapped In. With the release of Boomer, he’s busy at work on Glory for Sea and Space, the fourth Star Watch novel …
Mark grew up on both coasts, first in Westchester County, NY, then in Westlake Village, CA. For the last ten years Mark and his wife, Kim, have lived in Colorado … and most recently there in Castle Rock, with their two dogs, Rika, and Sammi.
Mark Wayne McGinnis on Writing:
What motivated me to start the Scrapyard Ship book series was my love of Science Fiction (I’m an avid reader). And I’ve always had this weird fascination with old junker cars, junkyards… scrapyards. Several years back I produced a film that featured a ginormous scrapyard located on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado. In the movie I added a chase-scene where the protagonist frantically ran and hid behind rusted-out old automobiles, broken-down buses, and heaps of scrap metal. Added to the drama, it was pouring down rain—which only added to the gritty and dark characteristics of the scene. I thoroughly enjoyed those couple of days of filming. That experience influenced the writing of this book.
Writing is a discipline I’ve always enjoyed—as far back as I can remember. First as a tech writer twenty-five years ago at one of my first salaried jobs. Writing continued to be important as a marketing entrepreneur at my own creative agency, and more recently, as a writer/filmmaker. I think I’m drawn to writing for the same reasons I’m drawn to filmmaking—evoking an emotional response from people and somehow affecting them in a personal way… well, that’s just plain fun.
My suggestion to anyone, at any age, interested in writing their first novel would be to first create a space for yourself where you have the time, support, and commitment to actually complete it. Then just go for it. My wife Kim, my mother and sister, cousins and friends, and some people I barely knew were there to coax me forward. I’ve joined several writing groups in the past and that’s been beneficial as well.
Recently, Mark directed and co-produced (with wife, Kim) the popular feature film, Openings – The Search for Harry. The film has been picked up for distribution and can be seen via iTunes, Amazon… all the usual online video sites.
Mark can be reached at markwaynemcginnis (@ ) gmail.com
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