Mark Beyer

Biography

Mark Beyer has lived in the Czech Republic, Spain, France, and on a Maltese island. He has written about Gozoan fishing villages, the Bohemian capital’s “storybook” lanes, bull running in Pamplona, and living at the base of Europe’s highest peak, Mont Blanc.

Born and raised in the Chicago area, he taught fiction writing at Columbia College Chicago, was a book editor in New York City, and worked for many years as a journalist. His writing has won awards for the short story (Columbia University Scholastic Competition, 1998) and for news features (Florida Association of News Publications, 2004). His children’s literature, written for schools and libraries, has been translated into numerous languages.

He now makes his home in Europe alongside his wife, Asia Szustek. Currently, he is working on a new novel, and blogs at bibliogrind.com on themes of literature and book culture.

"Max, the blind guy" (June 2015) grew from a recognition on a street in Prague.

Smashwords Interview

What do your fans mean to you?
I see my fans as friends, whether we have met once, know each other well, or will never meet b/c of distance or circumstances. Friendships are built by things we have in common. In this case my stories, which have entertained them.
What are you working on next?
I've just published "Max, the blind guy" which is a marketing dream to put together as a 12-installment serialized novel. Meanwhile, my new project has a working title of "The Janitor" and is the story of a persons life after being involved in a school shooting.
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Books

Max, the blind guy (a digital serial novel - PART I)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 24,500. Language: American English. Published: June 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Transgressional, Plays » European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
PART I of XII : Straddlelogue ; Prague #1 -- This is the story of Maximilian and Greta Ruth, their 40-year relationship, and all the demons that show up as they find that life rarely goes according to plan.
What Beauty
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 182,260. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
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How might the Olympian Gods we know from reading change if we were to allow our imaginations to see their true ages? Time changes all people — even gods — and when their day-to-day mischievous lives no longer play a role in human affairs, what then do they become? New York sculptor Minus Orth has an idea. He'll explain this all, and give our imaginations the figures to uphold.
The Village Wit
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 221,380. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Literature » Transgressional
American Richard Bentley settles in rural England, looking for the contented life of a bookshop keeper. His wife of fourteen years has left him out of marital boredom, so Heath-on-the-Wold seems the ideal place to get lost in work and forget the past. Bentley hires Peggy White, a mid-forties townswoman who is his match in sass and intellect. Soon the rules of attraction change everything.

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