Mark Wooden


In October of 2018, SYFY Wire profiled Mark for both his fanfiction and original "Shadowdance" adult urban fantasy saga work on their "Fan Creator" page.

"Fall to Grace," a short story from his "Shadowdance" saga, was a Quarterfinalist in the 2017 ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story contest. "For Her Sins," the second book in the saga, is a Quarterfinalist in the 2018 ScreenCraft Cinematic Novel contest.

Mark is the son of a sharecropper (not really) actively pursuing the dream of being a Creative since his epic kindergarten work, "Ne-Ne the Vampire Panda.”
He draws inspiration from vampire slayers Buffy, Anita Blake, and Blade, decades of "Batman" and "X-Men" comic books and conspiracy epics "24" and "The X-Files." He'd be remiss if he didn't mention a certain Frank Miller-created assassin named Elektra.
Mark mines his two decades of experiences as a video director in live entertainment (concerts and corporate events) to instill humanity into the vampires, demons, werewolves, sorcerers and other creatures of his “Shadowdance” urban fantasy saga novels.

Catch author Mark Wooden’s pop culture musings on Facebook, his Thinking Out Loud blog and Twitter (@Shadowdancesaga).

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What is the Shadowdance?
Author Mark Wooden introduces viewers to the inspirations behind his "Shadowdance" urban fantasy/ action-adventure saga. He also provides insight into the first novel of the saga, "By Virtue Fall," featuring vampire assassin Adriana Dupre.


"Shadowdance" urban fantasy saga
Vampires, demons, werewolves, sorcerers and other creatures of myth and magic secretly combat one another for possession of the nine Vyntari shards. When recombined into the Vyntari jewel, the shadow god Yahweh will be unleashed. The person who controls the jewel controls the shadow god. They can remake the world in their image -- or destroy it. Subtle manipulations erupt into brutal violence, all hidden from the eyes of those Uninitiated to this struggle. This is the world of the Shadowdance.

Order Into Chaos

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Fall to Grace

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Fall to Grace
Series: "Shadowdance" urban fantasy saga. Price: Free! Words: 15,510. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
(5.00 from 1 review)
A tribunal is set to strip a warrior sorcerer of her magical abilities. A vampire assassin races to save the sorcerer as she is the source of the assassin's redemption.
Order Into Chaos
Series: "Shadowdance" urban fantasy saga. Price: Free! Words: 10,030. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
A sorcerer posing as a Hollywood bad boy actor uses three ancient amulets to leverage his way out of the club of dark sorcerers to which he belongs. He quickly learns there are some clubs from which one can't simply charm their way out.
A Reason to Live: A "Shadowdance" Variation
Series: "Shadowdance" urban fantasy saga. Price: Free! Words: 7,220. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(5.00 from 1 review)
Vampire Illyana's daughter, also a vampire, leaves her for a fool's errand of vengeance. Deeply depressed, Illyana tries suicide-by-Japanese-mobster. A sorcerer intervenes, offering Illyana a way to win back her daughter. However, that way drags them all into the secret war between supernatural creatures known as the Shadowdance.
For Her Sins - "Shadowdance" saga, Song 2
Series: "Shadowdance" urban fantasy saga. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 86,430. Language: American English. Published: October 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Neo-Nazi sorcerers. Zombies. A demon at a Hollywood movie premiere. These creatures stand between vampire assassin Adriana and her revenge against the sorcerer who slaughtered her werewolf family. But as she pursues the sorcerer, Adriana feels the sins of her murderous past catching up to her. Or is she merely a pawn in the secret war between supernatural creatures known as the Shadowdance?
By Virtue Fall - An Action/ Urban Fantasy
Series: "Shadowdance" urban fantasy saga. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 70,410. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Can vampire assassin Adriana avenge her family's murders and save her corrupted baby sister all while avoiding the secret war between the supernatural - the Shadowdance?

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