Mark Elswick


Mark Elswick has been a teacher, tutor, sportswriter, college professor, and author. Despite overcoming a life-threatening auto accident in 1992, perseverance and dedication kept him in the writing game. The title of “author” didn’t come until late-2011 when Modern History Press (MHP) published his first book, “Padman,” a collection of 13 shorts stories. Afterward, he ventured onto the independent scene. That two-year chapter of his writing career also saw months of podcast hosting and public speaking while he was self-publishing three novels and some short stories. Elswick recently returned to MHP and his first biography is currently in the works.

Smashwords Interview

Where are you from, and how did it influence your writing?
I grew up, for the most part, in Michigan. However, I lived in TN and VA for a few minutes as a little tyke, and lived in Kentucky for about three years, junior high years. However, my family and I always wound up back in MI. I really don't think that influenced my writing. Basically, becoming a published author wasn't something I aspired to do as a youngster. That came way after college.
When did you first start writing?
I was a sportswriter all through college. However, my first thought of actually, maybe, becoming a writing was when I wrote a paper in my senior AP English class. The teacher, the immortal Dr. Robert Cronin--RIP--pulled me aside after class, telling me how great and funny my essay was. Basically, it was a funny piece about the frustrations of playing golf.
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Where to find Mark Elswick online


The Note
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,500. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2013 . Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire » Form / parodies
(4.95 from 19 reviews)
This short story is a true story about one morning when I was five hours late for work. Unfortunately, it was on a job I had just started. My best friend kept me 'til the wee hours, and I must've turned off the alarm. In my 20-year-old brilliance, I thought if I got a doctor's note then everything would be fine. When I got to the hospital and reported food poisoning . . .
Price: Free! Words: 2,600. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(4.95 from 20 reviews)
The suspenseful, edge-of-your-seat short story, "Faith", by Mark Elswick-mostly known for his LOL humor-is available 9-5-13.. While outlet sparks ignite their house, Mom and sister run out; Ty, unknowingly, is stranded upstairs. Will the 6 y/o escape? Will he jump? Brace yourself to become passionately attached. This is a fictional, heart-wrenching story of love and anticipation.
A Four-Letter Word Men Hate to Hear
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 860. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2011 . Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire
(4.77 from 13 reviews)
Elswick lets you inside a man's he regrettably anticpates hearing that ONE horrific word from his girlfriend.
Padman: A Dad's Guide to Buying . . . Those
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,790. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2011 . Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire
(4.89 from 19 reviews)
Men realize, not one aspect of the Red Storm is a laughing matter-period! For some reason, females find guys aimlessly wandering those feminine-hygiene aisles funny. They simply do not understand the pain that we men go through, as detailed in this true and comical story, when forced into those situations. . . . until now!

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