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Mark took a giant leap of faith when he left his career as a corporate attorney to tell a story that had burned inside him for years. Selling his house and most of his personal belongings, he packed his car and migrated from Minnesota to the gulf coast of southwest Florida, the setting for the story’s prologue, which recounts an actual event from Mark’s childhood. Five years later, A Hero Dreams, the first novel in the Hero’s Path series, was ready for publication.


An avid reader and film buff, Mark is particularly fond of stories that fill hearts with hope and minds with the idea that anything is possible. His favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird and his favorite movie is The Shawshank Redemption. He credits his daily yoga practice with keeping his head clear and his life in balance during the writing process. Born in Chicago, Mark attended elementary school in South Orange, New Jersey before his family moved to St. Paul, Minnesota when he was 11. He currently lives in St. Paul.

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Portraits of Mark: Gwen Greenglass