McClish

Mark Alexander

Science Fiction

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             Mark Alexander McClish is an author, artist, designer, and amateur historian. In school, he made up stories in his head instead of paying attention in math. Now he's better at stories than math.

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Mark works as a graphic design teacher in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He was born in 1997 in Houston, Texas, after which he was moved to Arkansas for a few years until moving again to Marietta, Georgia, where he spent the remainder of his childhood. He earned a bachelor's degree in Graphic Design from Freed Hardeman University where he met his wife, Shelby. After marrying her in the summer of 2018, Mark graduated in December 2018 with his major in Graphic Design and a minor in Chemistry.

Mark and Shelby moved to Murfreesboro, Tennessee after graduating and have lived there since. Mark works as a high school digital arts & design teacher and from home as Curious Corvid Publishing's design director on the same computer that he wrote his first novella, Stirling Sky, and Adhara's Sonder. He started writing Stirling Sky in October 2019 and completed the first draft in two weeks, releasing the final draft to Amazon April 2020. He intends to write many more books in the future.

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What got you into writing?

"I think storytelling is an inherent human compulsion. It's all around us—not only in books, but in our movies, television shows, theater, and our video games. And since it was so pervasive during my childhood, I learned the patterns and rules. I remembered the parts that compelled me, little details about characters or plots or just a general feeling, and I squirreled them away in a corner of my memory. The more I thought about them, the more I understood the structure of how they worked until eventually, I had enough parts to build stories of my own.

 

I love to create. I love stories, whether in the form of a book or a video game or a movie. It was only a matter of time before I would be compelled to make one myself."

—Mark Alexander McClish