Welcome to markjwilliams.com, home of Mark's books-Emancipating Elias, Holy Ground,and the third book in the Emancipation Series, Looking for Indianola.2013 is looking to be a great year for the series with the start of the year opening with a elegant book signing at the University Club, Mark's traditional kick off site.
Following the University Club was Wally's American Pub and Grill as well as George and Dragon English Pub. All three locations was well attended and books were flying out the doors like they were stolen!
You have just cracked the spine, or perhaps the digital spine, on the third in a series of books. Looking for Indianola is part of the Emancipation Series. It started in 2007 with Emancipating Elias, and was followed in 2010 by Holy Ground. I love this series like marmots love sunning themselves on an open Colorado highway, with nary a truck in sight to ruin their day. This is important, I think, because an author should probably like what he or she creates. Oh, this additional point does make me smile—this series, compared to other series you might have read, is a little—different.
It has no lead character, threaded from one book to the next. TThat makes it pretty different for a series.
With each book, however, I tried to take a different look at our common hunger in the human soul to be free, to be somehow—emancipated. This is not a freedom from taxes or pain or loneliness. As long as we live on this rock, we’ll be susceptible to all three of those big dogs. But if I’ve plied my craft at all well, you will find yourself in the very fiber of the characters I’ve written. It is art and honesty to give dignity to those who aren’t even sure themselves that they warrant it. So, I’ve tried to honor you. I really mean that. I see all of us, in these pages and I have tried to bring honor to our pursuit to live the best we know how in the midst of our struggles. There is a saying about authors that we write what we know. Now, that doesn’t always apply. I haven’t recently been blown up or shot, turned into a wolf, or been flown to another galaxy. But I have paid taxes; I have known pain, both physical and emotional; I have tasted death, literally; and I have known loneliness. I have known days when I wanted to just walk away, convinced I would never experience the life others appeared to enjoy.
I have also danced like I didn’t care. I have cried with tears of joy. And I have pointed a gun at another human and told them I would really appreciate seeing their hands before I blew their head clean off their shoulders, thank you very much. All of us have walked at least part of this same path in our lives.
Looking for Indianola is the third book in this series that looks at, well—us. Some of the characters are strung in cameo roles from book to book, causing you to remember that old friend from a prior novel. But mostly, they are stories of common people— our people, and their pursuit at slogging through the scene in their tapestry that presently has no design or identifiable order. Eventually, if we allow ourselves, we learn as students so eventually, we get opportunities to become the teacher. As a dear friend once wrote to me “…only in retrospect can you see an unseen hand moving disheveled lives along a perfect course.”
The Emancipation Series is just what it says. We get to watch our loved ones, and sometimes a neighbor, or strangers we’ve never thought two seconds about, and see ourselves in them. And as we watch the dignity and honor of a life that never expected or gave credit to such a hope, we get to imagine that we too are being given such dignity, delight and honor. We find ourselves in unsuspecting characters that are surprisingly heroic, loving, caring, funny, vulnerable; as well as, compulsive, overweight, near-sighted, envious, and often in conversations with themselves.
Sit back in a soft chair with comfortable light, your favorite beverage on the table next to you. Welcome your dog to sit at your feet, and if you must, allow your cat to fall asleep on the back of the chair. Turn off the television. And start your own journey.
Enjoy the trip.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR- I have been writing for years. I just never did anything with it. I started off with Summer Solstice, Winter Dreams, a story about my grandfather who lived at the turn of the century when the wild west was still, well, wild. I've spent the better part of my professional life working as a Special Agent for the Special Investigations Section of the Organized Crime Division of the Arizona Attorney General's Office. Yep, guns, explosives, things that go bump in the night. I include them in my writing. But there's a family side as well.
I'm a middle-aged father of three grown and married kids, grandkids, dogs and have been married for over thirty years-to the same woman. Not bad. Life hasn't been easy. It's been-life. We battled through a lot, the five of us. Somehow, those things find their way into the that were pretty boogerish but there is always the flip side. The good side. Retthings and seen some things er city school and college. Both were a natural change from teaching adults how to stay alive. I now get to share with our youth how to deal with the road they are now setting out on.
ired from law enforcement, I'm now teaching high school at an innwriting process. They exist because that's me. Yep, I've done some