Monday, September 24, 2007

Introducing Mark Shulman

Mark Shulman will join us for the first week of the Annick LIVEbrary, October 15-19:
DIY VIDEO: Solo and Team Work

Growing up as the youngest of five children in Rochester, New York, Mark Shulman claims he was left on his own a lot. He entertained himself by reading, making comic books, and experimenting with his father’s movie camera. At age 12, he was given his own typewriter and began writing stories. Around the same time, he discovered Sherlock Holmes, Mark Twain, Dashiell Hammett, Jules Verne, and H.G. Wells. For Mark, getting into the minds of long-dead writers was a kind of fascinating time travel. His later influences include humorists such as James Thurber and E.B. White, novelists Ernest Hemingway and Philip Roth, “and, of course,” he adds, “Dr. Seuss.”

An advertising agency job during college was Mark’s first professional writing experience. He has also worked as a radio news broadcaster, a comedy writer, a restaurant maĆ®tre d’, and a tour guide in New York City. In addition to Attack of the Killer Video Book for Annick Press, he has written books for Simon & Schuster, Scholastic and Random House. He also owns a small children’s book company.

In addition to being his main interest and occupation, writing also led Mark to the love of his life, his wife, Kara. Introduced via e-mail by a mutual friend while he was living in San Francisco and she lived in Buffalo, they fell in love before they even met. Today, they live in New York City with their daughter, Hannah.

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