Mark Bell


My conception on a hot, muggy night in Alabama was predicated on my father’s forgetfulness and his lack of restraint. For that I am eternally grateful. Other than the nine months that followed that night, I accept full responsibility for my actions and output.
I am credited as a screenwriter and short story author but, in truth, I am no more than a teller of tales, a weaver of plot threads, and a practitioner of dry humor. My aspirations are to entertain, educate, and never ever become a bore. After reading my work I hope that you can say, “He passed muster.”

Other publications that contain my work are: Of Words and Water 2013 and Of Words and Water 2014. Both are charitable endeavors in support of Wateraid.

Smashwords Interview

Do you expect to earn a living from your writing?
Very few authors have made a living from short stories. The preferred vehicle is the novel and I understand a reader wanting to get invested in a story for a long period of time but to me the best vehicle to state a point or illuminate a position is the short story.
Having said that I don't expect a monetary gain. I offer my work on Smashwords for free and all that I wish for is a review or rating.
Good or bad, I have elicited a response, made someone think, and allowed them a few moments away from reality.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't know if I have fans but anyone who reads my work and gets a bit of a reprieve from the everyday makes it worth the effort.
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Where to find Mark Bell online

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Meandering in a Muddled Mind
Price: Free! Words: 28,720. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
An eclectic collection of short stories dealing with contemporary as well as historical subjects.
Price: Free! Words: 2,680. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
A visit into the world of the lonely housewife. Madge makes her escape every Tuesday.
Of Words and Water - 2014
Series: Of Words and Water, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 65,110. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2014 by Words and Water group. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - multi-author
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
A new collection of short stories, poems and non-fiction from the talented members of the international Words and Water Group. This very high quality work, with topics ranging from a single drop of water to planetary annexation, is donated freely for you to enjoy. We hope to encourage support of WaterAid; donations, of any amount, can be made on the Group’s JustGiving page.
Of Words and Water - 2013
Series: Of Words and Water, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 57,530. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2013 by Words and Water group. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - multi-author
(4.92 from 13 reviews)
Published in support of WaterAid, this delightful selection of short stories and poems has a cohesive theme of water. Donated by an international group of top class authors, there are many styles of writing which will each, in its own way, entertain you. Song lyrics and a poem were donated by renowned folk singer, musician and activist Peggy Seeger,

Mark Bell's favorite authors on Smashwords

Jay Howard
Latest book: Of Words and Water - 2014.
Published June 27, 2014. (5.00 from 2 reviews)

Smashwords book reviews by Mark Bell

  • Similar Differences on June 02, 2014

    Entertaining, well paced with strong narration. Each of these similar but different tales has the above in common as well as a decided female point of view. My favorite was Popping the Cherry - a funny look at the taboos hidden in any married couple’s bedroom. Howard’s prowess at comedic description shines. Always teetering at the edge of salaciousness but never falling into the abyss. A skill that requires an artful hand and a twist of the absurdity of everyday living. Well done Madame.
  • Of Words and Water - 2014 on July 07, 2014

    Another fine effort by an international group of writers. Further proof that cooperation among diverse peoples can produce a worthy outcome. Educational as well as entertaining. The reader will be subjected to various viewpoints and cultural experiences that prove that we are after all human and we all carry the same good and bad baggage associated with the human condition. Cudos to all of the authors both new and repeats.