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Mark Victor Young

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Husband, father, writer. Happily married since 1992 and a father since 2003, Mark has been a writer for as long as he can remember. Meat-free since 1995. He was born in Toronto and grew up in London, Canada. He was the first winner of the Lillian Kroll Prize for Creative Writing at Western University, where he also completed a degree in English Literature. Mark has published novels, poetry, short fiction, feature articles, comic strips and book reviews in various media.

He lives in London with his wife and daughter, those to whom all his work and play is dedicated.

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Mark Victor Young Based on my experiences trying to make it in traditional publishing, specifically in Canada, I have concluded that my work isn't literary enough. In…moreBased on my experiences trying to make it in traditional publishing, specifically in Canada, I have concluded that my work isn't literary enough. In saying that, I'll admit that I don't truly know what I mean by it, I only have a sense that there is something about literary publishing in Canada that my work doesn't share. On the flip side (or is it some alternate section of the same side?), I think my work is accessible and marketable. I once had an agent turn down one of my novels after saying he had enjoyed it and my submission was very professional, but couldn't take it on because it was too commercial. (Isn't that a good thing for a commercial enterprise? Does he only work with non-profits?) As you can see, I'm not bitter about this at all. :)

I don't allow these concepts to close in because I made my peace with them long ago. I write what I write partly because it is what I'd want to read, I guess. And I never worry that something I'm ready is too "this" or too "that." I just know whether or not I'm enjoying it.

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Mark Victor Young Great question! It's not just a question, it's like a literary thesis all on its own. :) My instinctual response to this is that when a writer's…moreGreat question! It's not just a question, it's like a literary thesis all on its own. :) My instinctual response to this is that when a writer's personal anger makes its way into his or her writing, it can be a recipe for bad writing. We've all read work that reads like a rant and makes us feel we have left the POV of the character and entered the mind of the author. The term "axe to grind" comes to mind. The great writers can use anger to fuel their characters' own world view and add sparks to their prose, but avoiding the sin of authorial intrusion is a delicate balance. I would say Jonathan Franzen's "Freedom" is a great example of a character infused with anger that was entirely authentic and definitive.

In my own work, I can think of some cases of things which are my own "anger vectors" which seeped into my writing, but in general I try to stay true to the character and steer clear of the many rants I am tempted to include. I can't decide if Pete's rant at the end of "Once Were Friends" is an example of my success or failure at this. :)

To your last point, I don't think making use of anger in our writing will do anything to help us avoid the inevitable slide into bitterness. Maybe meditation and buy a puppy? Hope that helps, Jason, and thanks for the question!(less)
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Mark Victor Young Jill wrote: "Thanks for your friendship here on Goodreads, Mark. I once lived in London, Ontario, near Springbank Park. Lovely city."

Same to you, Jill. Small world.


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Jill Thanks for your friendship here on Goodreads, Mark. I once lived in London, Ontario, near Springbank Park. Lovely city.


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Mark Victor Young Megan wrote: "Always nice to find someone from the same city. Thanks for the friending!"

Seems like lots of Londoners on Goodreads! Thanks for connecting.


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Megan Baxter Always nice to find someone from the same city. Thanks for the friending!


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Mark Victor Young James wrote: "Haha, I've been found by a fellow Londoner! Nice to meet ya."

Yes, I noticed your name in the "People currently online" section. Good to meet you, too.


Melissa Storm Wow, that is an uncanny amount of similarity. Nabokov is best known for "Lolita," which some people hate for its assumed perversion. If you read the book though, you'll see how beautiful it is and how much it makes you think.

If you ever have any recommendations for me fire 'em my way via a comment :-)


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