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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 attorney 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 belongings, he packed the car and migrated to a town on Florida’s Gulf Coast, 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. Now, Mark invites you to join him as he continues his journey with the second book in the Hero’s Path series, Beyond the Threshold, which follows his protagonist, 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 dreams of possibility. 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 the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.


A Hero Dreams has garnered the following awards:

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

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

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

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

Author Mark Ristau at Words Bookstore in Maplewood, New Jersey
Author Mark Ristau at KARE 11 in Golden Valley, Minnesota
Author Mark Ristau at Twin Cities Book Festival
Author Mark Ristau launches A Hero Dreams at Garrison Keillor's Common Good Books
Author Mark Ristau at J.M. Culver's Minneapolis art studio
Author Mark Ristau Barnes & Noble in Naples, Florida for book signing
Author Mark Ristau at Inklings Bookshop in Yakima, Washington for reading and book signing
A Hero Dreams, A Novel, cover image
Author Mark Ristau at AM 950 Radio in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, promoting A Hero Dreams, A Novel
Or call Itasca Books at
1-800-901-3480  ext. 118
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