“The Writer Inside the Child.” This is an essay I wrote recently for the Lady Banks Authors Round the South Newsletter. It describes an early memory of writing stories and the events that led up to the publication of my first book, “Two Winters in a Tipi.”
Here are some of my upcoming book events! I hope to see some familiar faces, and enjoy some great conversations with you!” – Mark
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June 30 – “Another Chapter” Bookstore in Cumming from 1-3pm. I will be speaking on my new book “Adobe Moon, Wyatt Earp, An American Odyssey!” The real story of Wyatt Earp and why it is still relevant today. Then we can switch gears and I will be happy to take your questions on plants, survival skills and the “Secrets of the Forest” series. Both books will be available at this great, new independent bookseller in Cumming! Click HERE for more information.
July 19 – The Book Worm in Powder Springs 4-6pm. This signing event will take place at the weekly Farmers Market next door to The Book Worm. So come on out and buy your fresh fruits and veggies and chat with me about the latest news on the “Secrets of the Forest” series and “Wyatt Earp, An American Odyssey.” Hope to see you there! Click for more INFO.
July 21 – The Book Exchange in Marietta from 1-3pm. I will be speaking on my new novel “Adobe Moon.” “Adobe Moon” is a work of historic literary fiction. I have been researching Wyatt Earp my whole life, sorting fact from fiction, and I wrote this book as close to the true story as I know how. The Book Exchange will be carrying all of my books, and I will be happy to discuss and take questions on any of those subjects. Click HERE for more information on this event.
September 15 – Atlanta Fulton Library, Ponce de Leon Ave. Branch from 1 – 2:30pm. This program is entitled “Rediscovering Nature Through the Eyes of the Adventurer.” Join us to learn more about making connections in Nature for yourself and for teaching our youth of today. In 2005 Richard Louv coined the term “nature deficit” in his popular book “Last Child in the Woods.” By using “Secrets of the Forest” as a learning/teaching tool, I think we can begin to close that gap. All 3 volumes will be available. Click HERE for more information.
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Secrets of the Forest
(4 volume series)
By Mark Warren
From the author: The Secrets of the Forest series was written with three purposes in mind:
1) To provide clear instructions in primitive survival skills for anyone wanting to better his/her self-sufficiency in wilderness . . . by learning the old Indian ways of living comfortably in the forest.
2) To offer parents, teachers, scout leaders, and outdoor educators a guide to engage their students in Nature . . . at a time when our young ones so desperately need this connection, as does Nature itself.
3) To win over a new generation of environmental advocates who will look after this world.
For orders of 6 or more books, or for non-profit (tax free) groups, contact Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org
Read a Review by Survival Sherpa here:
Part One (The Magic and Mystery of Plants) covers 100 plants and their uses as food, medicine, cordage fibers, insect repellency, and craft materials. This study of plants is the essential foundation for a true understanding of the skills that follow. Part Two (The Lore of Survival) covers shelter-building, water acquisition & purification, primitive cooking, rope-making, baskets, clothing insulation, rabbit stick technique, traps & snares. Over 200 hands-on projects.
Secrets of the Forest: Calling Up the Flame and Feeding the Spirit, Volume 2 – By Mark Warren
Part One (Calling up the Flame) covers match use (for young ones), pyre-building, fuel species, fire-making species, bow-drill, hand-drill, fire-saw, and fire-banking. Part Two (Storytelling & Ceremony) explores the use of stories and ceremony in creating the whole person. Some of this content is borrowed from Native American philosophy and adapted for contemporary application by all ages. Over 100 hands-on projects.
Secrets of the Forest, Vol. 3
Part One (Eye to Eye with the Animals of the Wild) If you have ever wanted to learn how to approach wild animals as a stalker…or track them using the knowledge of animal gaits and species-varying footprints…the lessons here are detailed and comprehensive. Also included are the old ways of converting animal skins or pelts into usable leather for crafts. One beautifully photographed chapter reveals the truth about our snakes of the Southeast. (They are not who most people think they are.) Finally, part two reveals adventure games and quiet but fascinating entertainment around the campfire. All of these games – which became Medicine Bow staples – are responsible for countless, fearful young students learning to feel at home in the woods. Over 150 hands-on projects.”
Secrets of the Forest, Vol. 4
Part One (Projectiles) covers making and using the sling, throwing-spear, atlatl, and bow & arrow. Also included are the steelier implements – throwing-knife and tomahawk. Most important in this volume is the art of archery – the refined, handed-down techniques for shooting a bow and arrow accurately, consistently. Part Two (The Blessed Path of Water) explores the dynamics of the open canoe, beginning on calm water and graduating to whitewater. Over 150 hands-on projects.
As of May 2018 volumes 1 – 3 are available for purchase.
For orders of 6 or more books, or for non-profit (tax free) groups, contact Mark at email@example.com
As he continued his life work as an environmental educator, his tipi in the forest was more than the coziest of homes as it became a symbol of commitment for those who studied under his tutelage. This story offers the past, the parts, and practicality of the tipi, but more than that it offers inspiration for those who seek to understand the natural world as man was meant to know it.
Read Chapter 1 for free here on Mother Earth News!
Book review of Two Winters In a Tipi:
Check out this Review From “Historical Novel Society”
Adobe Moon (Book 1)
“Adobe Moon,” Mark Warren’s first book in a trilogy on Wyatt Earp is more than historical fiction. Though it is a period piece of the 19th century, it is a timeless story that relates to all of us.
Regardless of when or where a person lives in time, each of us is faced with a universal plight: How do we become a man or a woman? And how do we find our place in the world?
Do the times shape us? Yes, just as surely as the place and people around us. Family, especially. It has always been this way.
What if you wanted to run away from home to fight in a war . . . but you were too young? What if you were forced to labor over 80 acres of crops by an overbearing father who knew nothing about giving some slack to his sons? And, as a fourteen year old, after accruing the requisite calluses of farming, what aspirations might you consider for your vocation?
This is the story of such a boy who never quite finds all those answers. But because of his physicality, confidence, and a willingness to exercise deliberate courage, he does find his place in a life much admired by his peers. His name will always be spoken anytime that a conversation arises about justice vs. law and order . . . and how those American commodities do not always balance on the scales of a courtroom bench. His name was Wyatt Earp.
Earp was many things–farmer, freight hauler, stage driver, railroad wrangler, husband, constable, wood splitter, accused horse thief, brothel bouncer, buffalo hunter, gambler, and lawman–most of this in the “new” and raw land of America’s untapped West. The possibilities seemed endless for Wyatt, but he will be remembered in that last category . . . peace officer, a role he did not want. Instead, it would seem that history wanted it for him. He was that good at it.
Review of “Adobe Moon” by Dr. Gary Roberts, author of Doc Holliday, the Life and Legend:
“It is plain Mark Warren knows Wyatt Earp’s story. He has researched it long enough, deep enough, and well enough to know it in ways that few others do. He has an historian’s grasp of the story, and in Adobe Moon, Book One in a trilogy of historical novels entitled Wyatt Earp, An American Odyssey, he explores the formative years of Earp’s life that displays an ability to make sense of the wanderings of the Earp family in a part of Wyatt’s life too often given short shrift in the rush to reach Dodge City and Tombstone.
Adobe Moon is not about Wyatt Earp, the fearless, gunfighting marshal, or about Wyatt Earp, the cold-blooded killer hiding behind a badge, or even about Wyatt Earp, the self-aggrandizing con man who lied his way into legend—which have been the dueling images of Earp in most of the literature on the subject, fiction and non-fiction. Adobe Moon is about a boy growing into manhood and trying to make sense of his place in the world. It is a subtle admixture of his confidence, his insecurities, his feelings, and his responses to the forces around him.
Without making it a centerpiece of his story, Warren explores the complexities of his family, allowing the relationships to unfold in the natural flow of the story without intrusive commentary or analysis. The reader sees Wyatt’s father, mother, and brothers through his eyes. The story is raw and hard most of the time, punctuated by circumstances that force him to make decisions. At times he is naïve and even insecure, but he faces choices decisively, if not always wisely. Most of the novel is set in boom towns or on the darker fringes of society from California to the “Hell-on-Wheels” towns of the Union Pacific Railroad to the saloons and brothels from river towns in Illinois to the cattle towns of Kansas.
Although Adobe Moon is fiction, it serves history in at least two ways. First, it carefully maps the young Wyatt Earp’s movements in his early years with useful hypotheses about some of the more important events in his young life including his time in Peoria, Illinois, his tragic marriage to Aurilla Sutherland in Lamar, Missouri, his arrest in the Indian Territory for horse theft and his subsequent escape from jail, to his arrival in Ellsworth, Kansas, and the much disputed events that unfolded there.
The simple plausibility of his fictional narrative underscores a lesson that historians could well learn from. There are alternatives to the “good guy/bad guy” approach too often insisted upon in biographies that spend more time creating heroes and villains than in understanding their subjects. Here in Warren’s novel the emphasis is plainly on the forces at play in making the man and the qualities of character that determined his responses at each turn of his “broken road” to legend. This is the story of a boy sorting through experiences and making choices, bad ones and good ones, that will determine the man he will be.
Adobe Moon is an absorbing read. Understated, direct, yet somehow reflective and even philosophical, it is easy to forget that this is a novel about an American legend. And that makes it all the more satisfying in the end. In the restless ramblings of the young Wyatt Earp, Warren found clues to the man Earp would be. I will be looking forward to the continuing odyssey of the very human Wyatt Earp, he is revealing. For now, I have much to ponder as a result of reading Adobe Moon.”
Born to the Badge
(Book 2 coming November 21, 2018)
Now available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble!
Wyatt Earp builds his reputation as a Kansas peace officer in the storied towns of Wichita and Dodge City. Known for his straight-ahead, no-nonsense demeanor he is both admired and hated, yet respected by almost all who cross his path. His story broadens with the complications of relationships, one with a common-law wife who struggles to overcome her past as a prostitute … the other with a mercurial but loyal Doc Holliday, the tubercular Georgia dentist who knows that he is condemned to a short life. Still pursuing his dogged fix on becoming something more than a foot-soldier for a town government, Wyatt refines his skills at the gambling tables and bides his time, never realizing that he is moving toward the legend status that awaits him in Arizona.
(Book 3, coming in 2019)
Hoping to start a stage line in the Arizona boom town of Tombstone, Wyatt casts his lot with his brothers as business entrepreneurs. Fate has other plans for the Earps. Serving as a deputy sheriff and then deputy marshal, Wyatt comes up against a network of rustlers/smugglers/stagecoach robbers who have run rampant on the Southwest unchallenged until now. When Wyatt finally accepts his calling as a lawman and makes his bid for the shrievalty of the new county that includes Tombstone, his plans unravel again with an unexpected confrontation behind the O.K. Corral. This fight sets off a chain reaction of assassination attempts on the Earps and ushers Wyatt into a bloody ride across the desert to pass judgment on the men who shot his brothers. Is it an act of justice or revenge? This is a debate that has survived into the twenty-first century.
Meet the Author
Mark Warren was named Georgia’s Conservation Educator of the Year by the National Wildlife Federation. A national champion in whitewater canoeing and a winner of the World Championship Longbow Tournament, Warren founded and runs the Medicine Bow Wilderness School in the North Georgia mountains.