Mark Ferdinand


Mark Ferdinand lives on the South Texas coast with his wife, daughter and son. Fishing the surf, hunting, gardening, carving, auto and home repair occupy his spare time. He has written on the topic of autism spectrum disorder from a father's perspective in parenting articles and in other non-fiction venues.

Having limited typical communication skills, his son introduced Mark to new ways of interpreting his needs and aspirations. As his son grew older Mark became fascinated by the story potential within these amazing children. This prompted the creation of a dynamic adventure story focusing on a character with autism.

After completing his first novel, Fortune on the Spectrum, he decided to compile a group of lifetime stories that brought him to the unusual occupation of snake venom extraction called You're Gonna' Get Bit!: Harrowing Tales of Herpetology.

Corpus Christi author and Texas author Mark Ferdinand. Mark writes novels with autistic characters, Texas fiction, and true tales of reptiles and amphibians.

Smashwords Interview

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Fishing the surf, hunting, gardening, tiki carving, and DIY projects occupy my spare time.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not at all. Too long ago.
Read more of this interview.


Wild Boar: A Case for the Most Beautiful Game Animal
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 24,840. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Hunting, Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Archery
Pursued throughout time by kings and the common man, the wild boar has intrigued and beguiled hunters throughout the world. With so much sensational news of problem wild hog populations and unwanted interaction with humans, a need has arisen to remind us all of the nobility that surrounds this ancient and prized game animal. A humble hunter makes the case for wild boar.
Every Tiki has a Spirit
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 11,000. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Applied arts » Decorative arts
An immature account of the works of a tiki carver, and a serious account of the origins of the earth and mankind. The author indulges in his quest for creating bad-ass oceanic art that one can sip cocktails by. This he alternates with a concise mythological blueprint of how this all came to be, and what we were given to navigate our way through it. A book for tikiphiles, mythology buffs, & carvers
The Autistic Prankster: Enjoying the Fun Side of Autism
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,220. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Parenting » Psychiatric disorders
We know about all the challenges. These stories focus on the fun and the funny side of autism. While he may not have typical communication skills, surprisingly this can be an asset in the humor department. Funny autism-related moments are a daily occurrence with this young character, and this book is a collection of the most memorable.
You're Gonna' Get Bit!: Harrowing Tales of Herpetology
Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 21,480. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Life Sciences / Zoology / Ichthyology & Herpetology, Nonfiction » Home & Garden » Pets & livestock » Reptiles
From chasing frogs as a child, to milking venomous snakes for a living, Mark Ferdinand explores a lifetime of tales from the world of reptiles and amphibians. Whether it's a quest for his first turtle, keeping crocodiles in his closet, or chasing snakes around the workplace, You're Gonna' Get Bit! has a story that all "herpers" and nature lovers can relate to and enjoy.
Fortune on the Spectrum
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,200. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Inspirational
Denny was diagnosed with autism at three years of age. Autism gave him the gift of obsession. This gift made him the youngest, self-made millionaire in Texas history. Autism also made him vulnerable to the forces of the outside world, of both society and nature. Fortune on the Spectrum is the journey of an unstoppable young man, destined to succeed and challenged to survive.

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