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 the Director of Self-Publishing and Author Relations for Kobo.com.

Apart from publishing novels and non-fiction paranormal explorations under the name Mark Leslie, having works occasionally appearing on his mother's refrigerator door under the name Mark Lefebvre, and podcasting and consulting about the book industry under the name Mark Leslie Lefebvre for his Stark Publishing/Stark Reflections b
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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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Guest on the Phantom Faction Podcast

Last week Liz and I took at drive up to nearby Harriston to meet up with the boys (Dan, Danny and John) from the Phantom Faction Podcast.




The interview, which runs about an hour long, was recorded in the Crown Theatre (an allegedly haunted building), in Harriston, Ontario.

We chatted a lot about my co-authored book Haunted Hospitals, but also talked about several of my other books on the
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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.”
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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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