Wesley Marks

Biography

My daughters thought I was born when dinosaurs roamed the earth, but I am not quite that old. I am old enough to remember televisions being black and white and having only one phone in the house and it was attached to the wall with a rotary dial.

I was born and raised in Texas in 1961 and much of that time was spent in a small town outside of Fort Worth named Cleburne. I was raised by a single mom who later married a wonderful man. As a student I made good grades, played sports and was on the debate team. While in High School I fell in love and later married Amy, who I am still married to after 38 years. We have two daughters who have given us three wonderful grandchildren.

My family will tell you that my resume says I have done it all, which is not completely true. I was raised working in our flower shops, then went to work for a Funeral Home, a freight company, driving a limo, a photographer and anything else that could provide a living and get me through college.

I was a pastor for ten years, after graduating from Seminary, and then started a ministry taking people overseas on mission trips. I have remained active in my church and in ministry.

Then I owned a construction company specializing in rebuilding apartments and homes destroyed by fire. When not rebuilding from fires, we built homes and did commercial and residential remodeling. After much consideration I closed my company and I returned to a school environment as a teacher. I have always had a passion to help young people be successful and I currently teach 8th Grade Honors English and High School business classes in a school in Garland, TX.

I have always enjoyed reading and every year set a goal of reading fifty books, unfortunately I end up reading only around forty. I also love to travel. I have been blessed enough to have traveled in Europe, South America, Central America and Asia. Cooking and sailing are the last of my passions, consuming the time that I am not writing.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in North Texas, in the small town of Cleburne. My grandparents lived there, so I spent the summers with them and finally at age twelve we moved there permanently. Growing up in a small town has affected how I write, because people in small towns people are concerned about relationships and family. If you live in a small town for very long it gets into your blood and you become one of the family. It is that atmosphere that has dictated who I am as a person and as a writer
When did you first start writing?
I have always loved to write. I am that weird kid who would rather write an essay than take a multiple choice test. My scores were usually higher when I wrote. I cannot remember a time when I was not writing poetry or at least short notes for people. My girls will tell you they often found a note from their father on the napkin in their lunches. While working on my Master's Degree a Preaching professor forced me to manuscript my sermons instead of my usual style of using cryptic notes, which I learned to use as a debater in High School. From that point on I wrote everything and instead of it being a burden it became a passion. But it was not until I began to teach that I embarked upon writing for my students. I found that they paid attention better when they read what I had written and out of that response came my first book.
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Books

Dead Men Do Tell Tales
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 41,180. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Having not been seen for over 500 years, El Dorado, a Spanish ship lost in a hurricane, sits untouched in the swamp hundreds of miles from it original course. Two teenage boys, spending the summer in Florida, discover items that cause them to research and find El Dorado, all the while being stalked by two men who desire what they might find.

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