Mark Ristau, Author of A Hero Dreams
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Mark’s life took a sharp turn when he was downsized from a corporate job he'd held for nearly 15 years. Instead of sending out his resume, however, he decided it was time to pursue his dream. Selling his house and almost all his personal belongings, he packed the car and migrated to a town on Florida’s gulf coast, the setting for the prologue to the first book in the Hero’s Path series, A Hero Dreams.

Six years later, A Hero Dreams was published. This fall, Mark will invite you to continue the journey with the second book in the Hero’s Path series, Beyond the Threshold, which follows Ricky Williamson into adulthood and the days leading up to 9/11.

An avid reader and film buff, Mark is inspired by stories that fill hearts with hope and minds with the idea that anything is possible. He credits his daily yoga practice with keeping his head clear and his life in balance when writing. Born in Chicago, Mark currently lives in St. Paul.

A Hero Dreams has garnered the following independent book awards:

  • National Indie Excellence Awards.  New Fiction (Winner) and Visionary Fiction (Finalist)

  • IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards.  Popular Fiction (Winner of Silver)

  • Next Generation Indie Book Awards.  First Novel (Finalist) and Inspirational Fiction (Finalist)

  • Best Book Awards.  Fiction: Visionary (Finalist) and Best New Fiction (Finalist)

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