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Mark Leslie

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Mark is a writer, editor and bookseller who was born and grew up in Sudbury, spent many years in Ottawa and currently lives in Hamilton, Ontario.

As a bookseller, Mark has worked for Indigo Books and Music, Inc. (previously known as Chapters; and prior to that known as Coles) in various locations and roles, at Titles Bookstore McMaster University, and currently is a Director at Kobobooks.com.

Apart from being published in numerous publications (under the name Mark Leslie), as well as having works occasionally appearing on his mother's refrigerator door, (under the name Mark Lefebvre), Mark occasionally writes non-fiction and also co-edited Northern Fusion magazine (under the name Mark Leslie Lefebvre).

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I don't believe in writer's block and therefore it doesn't believe in me.

I heard a writer say that other professionals don't not work because they have "[insert job role here] block" - and I quite like that. Imagine a pilot saying they are not inspired to fly today, a waiter not inspired to serve tables, or a plumber not inspired to respond to a service request. Okay,perhaps a plumber might be one of those professions where a "block" is something that creates more work. ;)

If you're a writer, you write. If you're having issues on a particular piece of writing (and sure, call it "being blocked"), work on something else, another writing project, some other tasks. Writing begets more writing, sometimes that's all it takes to "break" whatever you believe is blocking you.(less)
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I received the ARC for my forthcoming horror novel I, DEATH the other day.



Cover for I, Death, designed by Bret Taylor



It's quite stunning. And I have to say that working with Ian, the publisher and owner of Atomic Fez, has been an absolute blast. He is an editor who knows what he likes, knows what he dislikes, and he pulls no punches in telling me that something about the story or plot is
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“I spent the next couple of hours either walking around with a gelato in my hand or on my knees in church asking to be forgiven for the sin of gluttony.”
Mark Leslie, Beyond The Pasta; Recipes, Language and Life with an Italian Family

“If the desire to write is not accompanied by actual writing, then the desire is not to write”
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message 2: by Fran

Fran Friel Many thanks, Mark. Have a great weekend!

Best Always,
Fran Friel


message 1: by Roger

Roger Cottrell Hi Mark,
Thanks for the "add" and always a pleasure to talk to another practitioner of "dark fiction."


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