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About meHello,
I'm an author from San Diego.

How did I get into writing?
I practiced the original (oral) form of storytelling for over 30 years through role playing games. This is the best kind of training. If you make a mistake, you find out immediately. You learn how to build tension, how to do jump cuts, how to create multi-strand plotlines, and how to get someone personally interested in a story.

I went to school studying computer animation and special effects, but I found that without a story, there is nothing to animate. So I started reading books on writing.... Over the next 10 years, while reading nearly 200 books and taking writing courses, I began to adapt storytelling techniques to my games, and it worked!

I created my own role playing game because I wanted to create a more accurate historical game, and also to help people tell better stories. I published the book and it sold out in two years. Since I never got into the game business to make money (I did it for fun), I spent too much on marketing the book and didn't have the cash to print more books (I was exhausted anyway).

My brother, Charles Holloway, introduced me to several of his writer friends (William F. Nolan, George Clayton Johnson, Marc Scott Zicree, David Gerrold, Clive Barker and Ray Bradbury). Since I was around other writers, I decided to begin writing novels of my own.

I discovered John Truby, who I regard as the BEST writing instructor in the world and I bought everything he has on writing.

It took me about a year to design my first novel, a year to write it and another year to figure out how to market it. Now it's done. I've just discovered that I released it on Friday the 13th!

Anyway, I hope you enjoy it!

I'm also a juggler, but that's another story.

Mark O'Bannon :)

About my libraryThese are my favorite books on writing, along with books that I have written.


Favorite authorsDavid Gerrold, William F. Nolan (Shared favorites)


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LocationThe Land of Dreams

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Member sinceMay 15, 2011

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