Mark Conte


Short bio
I have had fiction, poetry, articles and guest columns in 67 publications including Yankee, Poetry International, Southern Poetry Review, Potomac Review, Philadelphia Daily News, Miami Jerald, New York Times and Washington Post. I won Honorable Mention in the PEN American Awards in short fiction in 1979 and First Prize in the Barbwire Theatre Award for Poetry in 1978. I was director of the Florida State University Poet Series, appointed Master Poet by the Florida Arts Council and assistant director of the FSU CPE. My previous books are Walking on Water, 1986, In the Arms of Strangers, 2003, The Judas Scroll, 2005, Of Flesh & Stone, 2009 and The Ghost, 2013 under two different names. I am a member of the Authors Guild and the Academy of American Poets.

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is in the actual writing. The book signings and pats on the back are nice, but it's in the writing where I lose myself in that particular story. Sometimes the ideas come so fast I can't keep up typing them and I feel like shouting, "Slow down, I can't type that fast, but there is no one in the room but me, so I just try to keep up.
What do your fans mean to you?
The fans mean everything to me. To hear that they have bonded with one of my characters means I have accomplished what I needed to do. A reader once told me she cried for two days after reading the ending of Of Flesh and Stone, which had a tragic ending. Her husband said, "Why are you crying? It's a fake story, He just made it up." She said "I can't help it. I felt everything she felt." That's high praise for any writer.
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Where to find Mark Conte online

Where to buy in print


Kathy's Songs
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,570. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2016 by Crimson Cloak Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
A pithy volume of lyrical verse from seasoned poet Mark R. Conte, Kathy's Songs is a book you will want to carry with you to dip into again and again.
Consuming Tales
Series: The Crimson Cloak Anthologies · Crimson Cares. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,800. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
Here are thirteen eerie tales plus a couple of true encounters, to chill the spine on a gloomy autumn evening. All items are donated and profits from this book, the fourth in the Crimson Cloak charity Anthologies series, go to World Child Cancer, helping children worldwide survive this scariest of diseases. Enjoy!
Love Matters
Series: The Crimson Cloak Anthologies · Crimson Cares. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,460. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2015 by Crimson Cloak Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Inspirational
This is the third of the Crimson Cloak Anthologies, a collection of short works by various authors on a theme of LOVE in all its forms. All profits from this volume go to the International Children's Heart Foundation.
Steps In Time
Series: The Crimson Cloak Anthologies · Crimson Cares. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,320. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Steps In Time, short stories having to do with some aspect of Time. The 2nd Crimson Cloak Anthology, published in aid of Alzheimer's Disease UK. Authors: Roger Bone, Janice Clark, Mark Conte, Ray Daley, Madeline Dow, T W Embry, Jane Finch, Don Ford, Elizabeth Grace, Rod Martinez, Rodney Page, Esma Race, Doug Rains, P J Roscoe, Wesley Tallant, Chrystal Vaughan, Barbara Weitzner and Gary Winstead.
The Easter Lamb
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,260. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2015 by Crimson Cloak Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Family / General
In the Vianello family a lamb is bought on Good Friday, fattened up, and slaughtered for Easter Dinner. This year, however, the Vianello boys have different plans!
The Death of Sherlock Holmes & Other Stories
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 48,790. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
A collect of stories that appeared in journals and magazine, headed by The Death of Sherlock Holmes with the master detective solving yet another crime in London and his untimely death, which answers every question readers have wondered about for years.

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