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Family counselor. I enjoy amateur filmmaking and standup comedy. Current movie I am working on: The Girl with the Tear in her Eye: a psychological noir black comedy. Current standup routine: I accidentally borrowed a towel at the gym.

Married, two grown children who own real estate, one arthritic basset named Merlot.

favourite books

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
Home by Marilynne Robinson
Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King
On Writing by Stephen King
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
Light in August by William Faulkner
As I Lay Dying by Williams Faulkner
Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth
Goodbye, Columbus by Philip Roth
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
The Pigman by Paul Zindel
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
The Good Earth by Pearl Buck
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Conan Doyle
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Possible Side Effects by Augusten Burroughs
I know Why the Caged Bird Sings
When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
A Shot Through the Heart by Mikal Gilmore

my websites

http://www.NotTotallyNaked.com     http://www.MoveMeTheMovie.com

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my books


Mark E. Williams

Fifteen year old Jimmy is accused of killing his best friend on the Gyroscope ride at a seedy carnival in 1971 in Indiana.

When fifteen-year-old Jimmy is accused of killing his best friend on the Gyroscope ride, Jimmy skips school the next day to find out what happened. He is recruited to help dismantle rides and unwittingly joins the seedy carnival. He bunks with Grease, a draft dodger who is interested in Liza, the wife of Stone, the shiny haired man who runs the Bingo the Rat roulette booth. Stone is friends with Cedric, the nasty clown who runs the Shoot-the-Clown booth. Jimmy vies for Felicia, the girl who can shoot every tin clown without a miss, with twelve-year-old Squirrel, who wears a sweaty squirrel costume to entertain the pre-schoolers. Jimmy and Squirrel get invited backstage to meet the exotic dancers, one of whom has a baby. The high heel of a dancer's shoe is sabotaged, injuring her. The identical twin twelve-year-old magicians and their lovely assistant Kalinda and her boa constrictor have to deal with a noose malfunctioning. Jimmy slowly realizes someone wants to buy the carnival for a bargain. As they chase the killer, Jimmy, Felicia and Squirrel ride the Gyroscope of Death, just before it falls in a tangled mass of metal.


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Tod Schneider wrote 408 days ago

Greetings! I'm dropping a note to my friends on Authonomy who wrote ....

baby400 wrote 612 days ago

Interesting, How is everything with you, My name is victoria fema....

dloganw wrote 614 days ago

Hi Mark, I’ve just posted my new book Stop the Insanity. It is a man....

miacia7 wrote 628 days ago

This is my first book, the death of my son gave me the strength to st....

rook wrote 635 days ago

Hello Mark I wonder if you could spare a little time to take a loo....

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I wrote 644 days ago

Hi Neil, I don't care for the prologue. I like a story to start with lots of action or conflict or story. Just my preference. But the story does get off to a fun start in the first chapter. The characters are fun, especially Aunt Iris. The sense of repression in the Nest is palpable amidst the wry ... view book

I wrote 645 days ago

A really well told memoir of abuse, and I'm glad this is out in the field so people who have been through similar experiences can benefit from it. However it seems like the rest of the story is told through rose-tinted glasses. No mention of the harshness of Australian discipline in the 1950s, and o... view book

I wrote 646 days ago

I don't like the prologue, but chapter one is wonderful! view book

I wrote 646 days ago

Carnivals will hire ANYBODY who breathes. Straight out of jail, drunk. view book

I wrote 647 days ago

Great characters, great story. Too much description of atmosphere that makes it move too slowly for me. I like the flashbacks to quickly give backstory. After reading chapter one, I would say: either Danny has become paranoid, or he needs a good reason why they can't just break into the plant the s... view book

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