Ugly Lucy, Pretty Lucy, & Me

I spend my summers on the outskirts of Celeron, NY which has the claim to fame of being the hometown of Lucille Ball. Celeron itself is on the outskirts of Jamestown which is part of Chautauqua County of Western NY. Jamestown and the region has been playing up the connection to Lucy for the last couple of decades. And why not? Who doesn’t love Lucy? I’ve watched the entire DVD collection! She set the standard for comedy and Jamestown and Celeron have been sharing the love every since. If you watch the show, listen for the references to Jamestown. They’re there.

A while back, the waterfront park in Celeron became home to a statue commemorating their favorite daughter. There’s one problem though. Take a look. That’s me and, wait, is that Lucy?



Ugly Lucy. Not sure what happened, but this sculpture doesn’t quite catch the essence of the First Lady of Comedy. This sculpture received so much negative feedback that eventually a new statue was commissioned and you can see the results here.


Much better. I’ll be using this park this summer to do some of my writing, and I will look fondly on both Lucy’s. Face it, we all have bad days and don’t quite look like ourselves. I may even have a bad writing day where I’ll be staring at a metaphorical statue of ugly Mark. But never fear, a wrong turn can always be made right.

In some ways, I wish the ugly Lucy was the only one in the park. I think that Lucy herself would have gotten a laugh out of it. Statues are rather pretentious. Ugly statues, on the other hand, might just strike the chord of authenticity better than a ravishing work of glam and glory. But it’s pretty cool that our local park has two statues of our local comedic heroine.

Here’s to you, Lucy.

Book Reading at Prendergast Library – Jamestown, NY

Well, I’m finally getting around to posting a few photos of my book event in Jamestown last month. It was a small but lively crew that attended, and we all had a great time. First of all, look at the amazing, lovely room that held my reading.2014-07-11 17.39.02


This room is filled with these amazing original painting from the 19th century which were collected by Mrs. Prendergast – the library’s original beneficiary. The librarian dared say how much the collection is worth these days, but no doubt in the millions. I especially liked it because if I started to bore anyone, they at least would have something interesting to look like.

Here I am in the middle of a riveting scene from The Reach of the Banyan Tree. I don’t think anyone is sleeping.

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Thanks, Jamestown, for the support. I had a great time. Let’s do it again in the future.



Author Event TODAY – Prendergast Library in Jamestown NY

I’m excited and honored to be invited to do some book dramatic readings from my new novel at the Predergast Library in Jamestown, NY.

The event is happening today – July 11 @ 6pm. Everyone is welcome to this free event.

I will be:

  • Doing an oral interpretation from The Reach of the Banyan Tree
  • Giving away a copy of each of my novels.
  • fielding questions about anything whatsoever.

So if you are in the Western NY or PA area tomorrow, please stop by. Here’s an article about the event from the library website:


Two Author Events Coming Up!

I’m very excited about returning to the USA for 5 weeks for the first time since I have published my first novel. This will be my first opportunity to to share my books and passion for writing in person with friends and lovers of books. I’m happy to announce that I have two different author events lined up in places which are near and dear to me.

Here are the details:

June 28: South Butler County Library, Saxonburg, PA  – 1:00 PM

July 11: Prendergast Library, Jamestown, NY – 6:00 PM

In both locations, I’ll be doing a few dramatic readings from all three of my novels – especially my newest one releasing on July 1, The Reach of the Banyan Tree.

I’ll finally get a chance to put my preaching into action and do some oral interpretations of my own works. It should be a lot of fun. I’ll also be doing some giveaways and questions and answers about writing, publishing, or anything else.

These are going to be great kick-offs for the release of my third novel.

I can’t wait. So if you are going to be in the area, I do hope you’ll stop in and say hello!