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I worked 19 years for Ed Lowe, the inventor of Kitty Litter. We were friends, but after his passing, and due the economy I was let go. Given I live in the middle of nowhere, since the layoff I've been bereft of a job. At times I've struggled with a sense of personal dignity as I've tried to find gainful employment and get my life back on track.
The raw rage contained in my novel is a literary exorcism of personal demons, a coming to terms with the gross injustices of this world. I would compare my work to the realism of Truman Capote who developed an edginess for understanding the grim realities of American survival, blending journalism with fiction.
I am untutored in the ways of academia, but an autodidactic who has channeled his energies into learning what is essential for continued existence. Currently, writing is a form of psychological survival, a means through which I process the world around me. I tell you all this by way of autobiographical background to help you understand that I have a compelling back-story that includes among other things a life as a semi-pro wrestler, bouncer and scout master. I am also the father of a son and two daughters.
A Word from my Mentor - Booker Shortlisted author Michael Collins
Please give due consideration to the depth and rawness of this novel. My name is author, Michael Collins. I was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in England for a gritty, crime-genre novel. I've worked extensively with Marc and believe he has captured the elements of crime, suspense and social critique in a raw and unnerving work of genius. The edginess of the serial killer is so perfectly rendered I fear those reading this work might mistake the author for the protagonist. This is to Marc's credit for creating such a real character. Rest assured Marc is sane. He just had the unflinching vision of a genre writer to take us into the heart and mind of a serial killer struggling with socio-political realities of modern-day America.