I'm not much of a Winter person so you can imagine my joy at the beautiful weather we're having! Cool nights, warm, sunny days....It's more like spring here in SW Louisiana. I hope you're as blessed.
Last month you met fellow Bayou Writers Group author, Mark Wayne Allen. Well Mark is back for Saturday Spotlight today so here he is with a few words about his life and book, 3 Lifetimes in 1....
Viewing The World
But, although traumatic by its own standard, the book is written now and available for all to read. It starts at my childhood and goes on through the wreck that my brother and I had. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder was my life after that. It's an unusual thing that was painful to recall, but getting through it was necessary in order to understand how my life has unfolded through those years and far beyond.
Our memories make us who we are and, to that end, I suppose that the sum total of "what is me" is the active kid that I started out to be, marred by pain from horrible tragedies. Over those long years of two lives ending and having to start over again from nothing (and I guarantee that 99% of you don't realize what "nothing" really is), it's given perspective. I see a lot of beauty in the world and know that we all must adapt to change and hold on by faith, not by might.
Mark Wayne Allen was born in Merryvillle, Louisiana where he now resides, but has lived in many states. Due to life tragedies, he is a quadriplegic.
A love of books inspired him to write down his own stories, which, over the years, has evolved to include all categories. From poetry to short stories to novels, his knowledge of the craft grew over time, and so did his love for it.
He wrote two short stories and several poems that were published in a short-lived e-zine called Dementia. In 2013, he published the science fiction book Star Siege which was written during his years at Louisiana State University. Since then, he has placed in several contests since and even had a first place poem. He writes regularly for The Voice Of Southwest Louisiana Magazine.
Having lived in the North, South, East, and West has given him the opportunity to talk with a diverse group of people as well as an appreciation for different cultures. Currently, he lives with his wife of many years, Kelley, and is an active part of the community. You can keep up with Mark through his Website,Facebook and Twitter.
Hope you enjoyed today's spotlight. See you next week for Tuesday Treasures, Thursday Thoughts and another Saturday Spotlight.
Until then....take care and God Bless.