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:

markonrocksWhat 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.

IMG_0197My 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 (@ )
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18 replies
  1. Ken Davidson
    Ken Davidson says:

    Mr. McGinnis,
    Recently while looking for a new series to read I ran across the Scrapyard Ship books. I read the sample for the first two books and thought I would give it a try. I purchased the first book and started reading, that was after dinner. I’m not what you would call a fast reader but by 2 o’clock in the morning I was well into the book and before retiring for the night I purchased the three remaining books of the series.
    You have a unique aspect in your book that makes it different from any other book I have read. You came up with several ideas for your book that I have found interesting. Such as the use of phase-shifting to move ships and people around. Others such as traversing to different worlds through the HAB portals or moving about the Lilly by use of the DeckPorts. You have also shared a diverse cast of alien beings that help make your books interesting.
    Being retired an unable to get around very good I have become an avid reader. With 90% of the books read are SiFi. I usually read seven days a week and sometimes as much as 5-6 hours per day. Needless to say My collection of book has became extensive. Thank the heavens for eBooks.
    My favorite authors, because of some of their unique features incorporated into the stories, have been Ian Douglas (Star Carrier Series), Jeffrey A. Carver (The Chaos Chronicles Series), Vincent Trigili (Lost Tales of Power Series) and now Mark McGinnis (Scrapyard Ship Series). I look forward to reading more about the adventures of the Lilly and her diverse crew.

  2. Kay McNeely
    Kay McNeely says:

    Just finished the third Scrapyard Ship book, and I am loving this series. Thank you so much for the wonderful SF series. Now it’s time to start the fourth book. I’m hoping this will be a very long saga.

  3. Alan Rothberg, MD
    Alan Rothberg, MD says:

    I’m approaching the end of book in the Scrap Yard Ship series. Averaged one a day. It’s been a wonderful read and I’ve been reading S.F. for 60 of my 70 years. Please put me on your mailing list so I can get “The Great Space” ASAP.

  4. Ray
    Ray says:

    Hello Mark

    I recently finished reading ALL Seven Books of
    The Scrapyard Ship Series. I thoroughly enjoyed each book in the series as you brought a realism to life in each character…that one felt they actually existed while reading!
    I am looking forward to the spin offs you spoke of writing.
    Kind Regards

  5. Steve
    Steve says:

    Your books are are great. The Scrapyard Ship series is one of the best reads I have had.
    Please continue the story of the Lone Star Renegades, it is great, what teenager or grown up would love to have that adventure
    Thanks Mark, PS my wife had me reading the book to her. She loved it!!!

    • Mark Wayne McGinnis
      Mark Wayne McGinnis says:

      Thanks Steve — just noticed your comment. I’m glad your wife likes my books – mine … let’s just say she’s not a big scifi reader. She does like my Tapped In books (Mad Powers and soon Deadly Powers) … cheers!

  6. Rocco
    Rocco says:

    I’m a great fan of the Scrapyard series and just finished no 6 “The great space” and can’t wait for no 7. Much to my dismay Amazon is only listing the kindle edition and I ‘m a tactile kind of guy. I prefer to turn my own pages. I have a decent size library which goes back years. Is the an outlet for a paperback? I’d like to keep your series on it but not having the conclusion would not do.

    Thanks and keep writing

  7. Paul Boisvert
    Paul Boisvert says:

    What should I do now that it had been nearly 48 hours since I signed up to receive Scrapyard Ship and still have not received an email with as download link? I have since received the email that enabled me to confirm my subscription and also received a promotional email. Thanks.

  8. Pat
    Pat says:

    Hello Mark,

    I thoroughly enjoy reading your books, thank you. Can you tell us you plans for continuing Lone Star Renegades? Is it dead on the vine?

    • MWM
      MWM says:

      Lone Star was/is one of my fav books. I had high expectations for it – thought it would be the start of a new popular series. As things turned out, Lone Star did not do all that well — I may still write a sequel — maybe in 2017 — cheers, Mark

  9. Norman Morgan
    Norman Morgan says:

    I have thoroughly enjoyed all of your books, the Scrapyard series, the Star Watch series, and most recently The Simpleton. It was a delight to see the setting in. Woodbury, TN. I was born and raised in Nashville, and lived, went to college (MTSU ’73), and worked in Murfreesboro from ’70 through ’77. BTW, Woodbury is in Cannon County, not Canyon.

  10. James Madison Sawyers Jr.
    James Madison Sawyers Jr. says:

    Hello Mark, I found your book the Scrapyard Ship and thought it was an interesting title. So, I got it and just about could not put it down. You have a wonderful way with words and I love that about a writer. My first love as to writers is Edgar Rice Burroughs. I remember the first book of his was “The Mad King” that I read. I had 89 of the 92 books that he wrote until they were stolen, took 15 years to collect them. But I have you up there with ERB in the use of the words to create a realistic daydream. I have in my collection 13 of your books. My favorite is the book of Boomer, I was glad that she had fulfilled her need to express her hidden talent desire to become one of the powers to answer to! Before I go let me say this, I will collect all of your books! One last thing, I have a book on Amazon first book I ever wrote it is not to bad I hope anyway, just about done with second book, have learned alot about the joy of writing! Waiting for the others, I am retired and so I have to be careful about that (money) now don’t you know have what. Keep it up! Jim AKA BigBadJim! HAW…


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