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Mark A. Rayner

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Human-shaped, simian-obsessed, robot-fighting, pirate-hearted, story-telling junkie, Mark A. Rayner is an award-winning writer of satirical & speculative fiction.

By day he is a university prof and by night, a writer of satirical novels, short stories, squibs and other drivel. (Some pure, and some quite tainted with meaning.)

His most recent novel is The Fatness, a satire of the obesity epidemic. It won an IBPA Benjamin Franklin silver award for humor, and an IndieReader Discovery Award for best humor in 2018.

You can read more of his fiction (for free) at his website where you can also dig into his irregular and explosive blog, The Skwib (markarayner.com). Follow him at Twitter (@markarayner) or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/RaynerWritin
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Mark A. Rayner Like many of my framing ideas for a book, the idea for The Fatness came to me in a dream, fully formed.

I should call it a nightmare, as it was terrify…more
Like many of my framing ideas for a book, the idea for The Fatness came to me in a dream, fully formed.

I should call it a nightmare, as it was terrifying. I started writing this book as a way to exorcise it from my mind. It’s probably no coincidence I had the
dream while I was in the midst of reading The Obesity Myth. It was a challenge to write.

As I mention in the afterword, I’ve struggled with weight issues most of my life, so I found it quite difficult to write a humorous account of what it would be like to be imprisoned for your weight. In truth, I had to stop writing it for a while. I probably started and stopped this project more than any other piece of writing I’ve ever tackled. The first idea went down on paper in 2004, and I didn’t actually have a working draft until 2013. The title, however, was there from the beginning.

When I had that first draft, I did question it. Should I open up this idea? Will some people think it’s actually a good idea? Despite my worries, I kept writing. In the end I figured I could trust my readers to see it was satire.(less)
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“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
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“Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout with some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.”
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“A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: 1. What am I trying to say? 2. What words will express it? 3. What image or idiom will make it clearer? 4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?”
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message 14: by David

David Riggins Mark,

I have recently published a newly edited version of my book, Boys of the fatherless and I would like to get some honest reviews of the new edit. The Kindle version is currently .99 but you can read the first chapter for free on Amazon. I am also running a giveaway on goodreads for 10 printed copies.

Thank you for your help.

David Riggins


message 13: by Dale

Dale Thele Mark, thanx for accepting my friend request :)


message 12: by Mark

Mark Rayner Katy wrote: "Thanks for the recommend of Children of the Dust. It was published too recently to be the one I was looking for, which I read in 1982, I believe. This one was first published in 1985, so ... But ..."

Yeah, I thought it might be too recent, but you look pretty young in your picture, so I thought I'd suggest it anyway :)


message 11: by Katy

Katy Thanks for the recommend of Children of the Dust. It was published too recently to be the one I was looking for, which I read in 1982, I believe. This one was first published in 1985, so ... But I appreciate the thought!


Savannah Mark, thank you for the friendship.


message 9: by Mark

Mark Rayner Rasmenia wrote: "Hi Mark!

Thanks for adding me!

Yes, I adore Vonnegut. Favorite? I'm not sure I'm able to come up with an answer for that, though. ;)

I dig the bio - made me laugh. Even thought I shouldn't. I kn..."


It was an unfair question. And thanks right back at you!


Rasmenia Massoud Hi Mark!

Thanks for adding me!

Yes, I adore Vonnegut. Favorite? I'm not sure I'm able to come up with an answer for that, though. ;)

I dig the bio - made me laugh. Even thought I shouldn't. I know that radioactive baboons are a serious matter... especially when they get all feisty & bitey.

Cheers!
Ras


message 7: by Mark

Mark Rayner Leila wrote: "Hello Mark!
Thank you for adding me :) I'm glad you enjoyed the Slaughterhouse-Five entry, even though it mostly consisted of quotes. It's a great book with so many re-citable parts. I haven't read..."


I wouldn't do that -- it's perfect. You've probably already read it, but Cat's Cradle has lots of quotable bits too!


message 6: by Leila

Leila Hello Mark!
Thank you for adding me :) I'm glad you enjoyed the Slaughterhouse-Five entry, even though it mostly consisted of quotes. It's a great book with so many re-citable parts. I haven't read anything else by Vonnegut but I am definitely planning to (as soon as I've finished my reading challenge). As for the picture, it's not really though you're not the first one to comment on it :| The photo is actually from Pride and Prejudice (with Keira Knightley). I love the actress and the book and film so I wanted to use the picture. I guess maybe I should change it to another one just to avoid confusion :( Oh well.

Take care :)


maricar hi Mark! thanks for the friend invitation and the comment about the review:)

I hope to read more Vonnegut, too...but am a bit swamped these days hehe.

have a good day, happy reading and good luck with the writing ^_^


message 4: by Tara

Tara Thanks for the friendship Mark!


Roxanne Thanks for being a friend.


message 2: by Mark

Mark Rayner Ah, caught me!


Hertzan Chimera hi Mark,

good book synergy

:)


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