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Meet Mark Tiro- Author of Implicit, Soul Invictus
Friday, January 12, 2018
Meet Mark Tiro- Author of Implicit, Soul Invictus

Did you ever read a novel that stayed with you for days, months, even years afterward? That went way beyond merely entertaining you, and changed your life?An intriguing, gripping plot, and relatable yet interesting characters are the hallmarks of a good novel, in any genre. But when a story unfolds in such a way as to take you along with it, and literally change your perceptions not only of the world, but of what life on this earth really means? That is another experience altogether.An Impressive DebutAuthor Mark Tiro began writing because he loved books like that—and he wanted to contribute to the expansion of reader’s minds, as well as to entertain them. After studying ...

Goodbye, 2017—It Was A Strange Year
Thursday, December 28, 2017
Meet Mark Tiro- Author of Implicit, Soul Invictus

 As 2017 winds down, I can’t help but think about how strange it was. For me, personally and professionally, it was a year when everything got turned upside down or thrown out completely. And somehow, it all turned out to be for the better.No Status QuoI used to study Astrology when I was younger—mostly for fun and to satisfy my curiosity. I wonder if there was some type of weird planetary alignment this year, because it sure felt like outside forces were at work. For example, every holiday this year, my husband and I just couldn’t bear the idea of doing the same thing we’ve done for the past eight years. We went to a different restaurant for our anniversary. We ...

Irony At Its Finest- How I Finally Went Viral
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Meet Mark Tiro- Author of Implicit, Soul Invictus

I live north of Atlanta, Georgia, and in case you don't know, we don't handle snow events very well. If there is even a hint that it might snow, schools close, and everything shuts down after the stores have been cleaned out of milk and bread. (I can't explain that one, maybe snow gives southerners a craving for French toast?)I even got caught a few years ago when the freeway shut down due to snow and ice. It was not fun- what was supposed to be a 45-minute drive home turned into an overnight stay in hotel lobby, because six hours later I wasn't even three quarters of the way home! I wrote a blog post about the experience, which seems funny now. It sure as hell wasn't at the ...

When You Really, Really Don't Feel Like Celebrating The Holidays
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Meet Mark Tiro- Author of Implicit, Soul Invictus

Are you one of those people who dreads the holiday season, while everyone else around you is making merry? Do you look forward to New Year’s Eve most of all, because it means all this holiday nonsense and commercialism will finally be over?You’re not alone.How and why one chooses to celebrate or not celebrate the holidays is an intensely personal thing. It may be cultural, it could be religious, or it may simply be personal preference. But when something is as pervasive in society as is our annual ramp up to the grand finale of New Year’s Eve, and all the hectic activity in between, it can take a toll on a person’s attitude.Holiday OverloadI must confess that as ...

The Writing Process- Are You Doing It Wrong?
Friday, October 20, 2017
Meet Mark Tiro- Author of Implicit, Soul Invictus

There are unlimited books, blog posts, webinars and podcasts on the subject of how to be a better writer. Advice on how to plot, to develop characters, or to nail the perfect dialogue…the list is infinite. There is no shortage of instruction on “how to” write a novel.But one thing no one can teach you, is what your writing process should be. Because the way each writer goes about the process of actually writing is as unique to the individual as are fingerprints.Plotter or Pantser? Or Planser, Maybe?Of course, there are similarities. But even the two main designations of “Plotter” and “Pantser” fall short of describing most authors, many of who ...