#NatBookFest15

We made it back. After somewhere between 3-5 years, Dad and I (and my brother Daniel) went to the 15th annual National Book Festival in Washington DC. We were treated to four writers that day: one from Fiction, another from Poetry & Prose, and finally two from the Mysteries, Thriller and Science Fiction genre.

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Phil Klay won the National Book Award for Fiction with his collection of short-stories, Redeployment. He read 3-4 stories from his book with the full vigor of an advancing campaign. I (Mark) had my olfactory senses ambushed by one of his accounts of those assigned to handle corpses and the execution of “the job”. The author made it clear that each war, whether Iraq, Afghanistan, or otherwise, each war is similar yet has it’s own distinct personality. Klay modeled clearly for me that “truth” in the art of writing, is as Bill Butler (cinematography JAWS, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Grease) had alluded to is itself “the greatest technological advancement”. 

David Weber, the author of Like A Mighty Army writes Military Science Fiction, a genre I’d never heard of, but it made sense to me and I felt like I (Jo) should have been familiar with it. He is a prolific writer, having written 60+ books, some of which are included in several book series. During the Q&A section, there was discussion about “strong female characters” (a term I (Jo) “hate” but will have to write about another time, the term, not the characters) and in that discussion Weber said he’s written plenty of strong and competent characters, and a lot of them happen to be women. We’ve heard George R.R. Martin say similar things, so that was cool. Weber’s fans were interesting too since a few showed up in costume with berets and that was fun to see. He also recommended some very old science fiction by the names of The Legion of Space by Jack Williamson and Genus Homo by L. Sprague de Camp and P. Schuyler Miller.

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David Weber

Jerome Charyn whose new book is called Bitter Bronx: Thirteen Stories was the oldest writer we listened to, and represnted the Prose & Poetry. He spoke on the history of the Burroughs and his love for the people and culture and preserving the history there in his new anthology series. He was cool because he stuck to his guns and had opinions about things and that was kind of refreshing; he was old, but sharp minded and I want to mentally age just as gracefully.

And last but least, Dan Wells has just released his newest book The Devil’s Only Friend, the first in a new trilogy about his sociopathic hero, John Wayne Cleaver. He was the most energetic of everyone we saw and had also become a new father again for the 6th time in a row. He came from the Horror side of things and he shared this interesting quote from the late Wes Craven which goes, “Horror films are the most moral genre.” This has more to do with exploring morality in the context of having to kill something to save everyone and in doing so, becoming sort of evil yourself, since killing – murder, is evil. Characters in the genre are known for grappling with this issue just as intensely as they do with the killer or monster in the story. Wells seemed to be a very curious and open minded man who enjoys using writing to explore said curiosity and attempt to answer the questions that plague him about the human condition, something I’m enjoying exploring together with my dad in our writing. He was also very confident but not egotistical, something he facetiously credited to his American maleness and Whiteness, insightful humor I found honest and engaging.

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Dan Wells

After sharing several Noteworthy business cards on our way out of the event in an attempt to step out more and more in boldness we headed home. It was a very productive day that I know has reinvigorated us to continue pushing our own novel and and to push ourselves creatively when its time for the next story. We hope to attend more book conventions in the future to get more familiar with this world of literature we’ve jumped into. Dad gave me a flyer for CAPCLAVE, DC’s Literary Science Fiction & Fantasy convention the first weekend in October.

Maybe we will see you there!

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On Air Live w/ K. Lowrey Moore: ‘Conversations & Confessions’

Thanks again to K. Lowrey Moore! Our novel Noteworthy Tribute can now be purchased on Amazon.com! Don’t forget to post a SELFIE of you and your copy with #NoteworthyTribute. Follow us on social media and rate and review the book when you’re finished on Amazon.

Above all else, we hope you enjoy the book!

Best Regards,

Mark & Josiah

Noteworthy FANS

This past week has been very exciting. Several copies of Noteworthy Tribute have been purchased by our friends and family, and some have even uploaded photos! It feels like almost every day someone is announcing they will be buying the book soon, or writing us telling us their copy showed up in the mail and their excitement is contagious.

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As fun as it is seeing people buying our long-awaited story, I think I speak for my dad and I when I say that the growing fanbase has been the best part. Yes, there are royalties to enjoy later, but saturation and the sharing of the book has been our focus. I think dad and I have learned from past experiences, and those of others, that spreading the word about a product and creating a fanbase can make or break you. We certainly want to make sales, but above all else we hope people enjoy the book (we hope you think its a gallant first effort) and share that enjoyment with their friends so that the story gains traction. We don’t plan to stop at one book, I’ll put it that way!

Here’s what you can do to spread the gospel of Noteworthy Tribute and have FUN doing it:

  1. Tag JoMarkCreative on WordPress, Facebook, Twitter and IG and the rest of your respective social networks with a photo of you and your copy of the book!
  2. Like/Follow all of the social media if you haven’t already. Link your photo with the hashtags ‪#‎NoteworthyTribute‬ , ‪#‎NoteworthyReader‬ , #JoMarkCreative !
  3. When you finish the story, rate and review it on Amazon!

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LIKE us on Facebook to stay up to date with Dad and I. JoMarkCreative is our author page where you can find photos, tour dates and giveaways and communicate with us about the writer’s journey, just like this site and our Twitter! And Noteworthy Tribute: Book Series was launched with a lot of the same things in mind, but will more closely follow the story of the novel itself and can become a hub or forum for fans who have read and are currently reading the book now. You can also navigate to the author Facebook and Twitter via the widgets embedded in this site!

DMV singer/songwriter Justice Jay

DMV singer/songwriter Justice Jay

Noteworthy Tribute: Running With the Mustangz At Little Island Pier is on sale NOW on Amazon! Thank you all so much for the love and support and please enjoy the book!

Best Regards,

Mark & Josiah

Our First Author Interview – Conversations & Confessions w/ K. Lowery Moore

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Last night, August 19, 2015 JoMarkCreative father/son authors was interviewed for the very first time on live television-radio, WLVS, ListenVision Live! Our host for the evening was one Ms. K. Lowery Moore on on her weekly evening broadcast ‘Conversations & Confessions’. But there’s more! She uploads her episodes to her YouTube channel and as soon as our episode is uploaded we will upload here for your viewing pleasure. We discussed the journey writing the book, from dad going it alone, to bringing me on as co-author, and also the music involved and the main message we want the charcters to convey. She and my dad work together in career development and when the subject of our book came up, Ms. Lowery was ecstatic at the thought of the both of them seeing the more creative side beyond the day in day out 9 to 5.

It was great for me to meet another one of my dad’s co-workers, and honestly, friends last night and discuss making our dream come true via K.Lowery’s platform on the airwaves!

I encourage you to check out more of her episodes as she shares her platform with others to simply share their experiences, passions and view points without judgment in a creative environment. If you like what you see, subscribe to her page and follow her on Instagram and Twitter and check out her writings and website.

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Best Regards,

Mark & Josiah

Drive – www.Wednesdays – Josiah

W.W.W. Wednesdays is a weekly (but for me “when I’m not too busy”) event brought to you by MizB from Should Be Reading.http://shouldbereading.wordpress.com To play along, answer the following questions:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you are going to read next?
Here are my answers:

What are you currently reading?
I am reading Drive written by James Sallis. Great movie and a very sleek read!

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What did you recently finish reading?
I am actually reading The Last Battle at the same as Drive, but will probably finish Drive first, its shorter.

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What do you think you are going to read next?

So I just saw the movie version and boy was it a wild ride. But I have a feeling I’ll be even more engrossed with the characters from the book plus entertained.

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The Last Battle – w.w.w. Wednesdays! – JOSIAH

W.W.W. Wednesdays is a weekly (but for me “when I’m not too busy”) event brought to you by MizB from Should Be Reading.http://shouldbereading.wordpress.com To play along, answer the following questions:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you are going to read next?
Here are my answers:

What are you currently reading?
I am reading The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Its certainly the most mature of the series, I think.

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What did you recently finish reading?
I finished The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis a couple days ago, its such a good story, seeing the genesis of Narnia and Aslan.

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What do you think you are going to read next?

I might push the comic books back further since I already didn’t pick up one of them like I said I would. I think I might re-read Treasure Island. Reading The Chronicles of Narnia has got me on a roll now and I want to keep reading as many books as I can before the new semester goes into full swing.

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(Pictures from Google Images)