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A child of the American Midwest, Marc developed a love of reading and writing at an early age. This led to notebooks filled with poetry and short stories, followed by an English major from a small liberal arts college. Marc's first real job – reporter for a small, daily newspaper – failed to pay the bills, including the debts incurred to finance his college education, so he did the logical thing and went back to school. After earning a law degree, Marc went into private practice with a Detroit firm, married Jeanette, and fathered two boys.
Although he gave the law 100%, Marc's love of writing kept bubbling to the surface. This led to many late nights and early mornings spent crafting, but never completing, a variety of novels. Eventually, Marc came upon an idea that screamed "Movie!" rather than "Novel!", and he set out to write his first screenplay. When a Hollywood producer optioned the completed script, Marc said goodbye to the law and transitioned into screenwriting on a full-time basis.
Marc has since optioned or sold nearly two dozen screenplays, with three having been produced into films: "Bury the Dog" (2012), "All I Want for Christmas" (2007) and "Damaged Goods" (2006). A fourth film, "High Heels & Horse Shoes" is tentatively scheduled to go into production in early 2014. Marc's work has won numerous screenwriting competitions, and he is frequently called upon to "doctor" scripts for producers, directors and other screenwriters. Due to his work promoting the Michigan film industry, Marc was appointed by Michigan's governor to the state's Film Advisory Council in 2008 and reappointed in 2011.
When Marc's sons were young, he began writing a weekly blog to record his foibles as a husband and father. People laughed, cried and asked for more. For five years, Marc published a weekly story, but life eventually got in the way, and he was forced to give it up. A few years later, an editor at Motivational Press discovered the blog, contacted Marc and asked him to compile the best entries into a humor book. The result is the newly-released When It Comes to Spooning, I'm a Fork, Marc's first published book.
Since becoming a full-time writer, Marc has explored the world of comics, graphic novels, songwriting, playwriting, short fiction and various forms of nonfiction. His work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, journals and online publications. The only world left to conquer is the novel. It's only a matter of time before he takes up the challenge, locks himself in his office and...turns on the TV.
While Marc loves his work, it is not the most important thing in his life. That position belongs to his family. Marc has been married to Jeanette for 22 blissful years and, together, they have had a blast raising two unique boys. Along with a variety of pets, the family lives in the quaint Michigan village of Milford.
Marc L. Prey is the acclaimed screenwriter of such films as "Bury the Dog" (2012), "All I Want for Christmas" (2007) and "Damaged Goods" (2006). He was born in Detroit, Michigan, and has spent most of his life in the Great Lakes State. Marc has written comic strips, graphic novels, short fiction and blogs. He holds a bachelor's degree, master's degree and law degree and is a long-standing member of his home-state's Film Advisory Council, where he speaks regularly on film-related topics. Marc currently resides in the quaint Michigan village of Milford with his wife and two sons. When It Comes to Spooning, I'm a Fork is Marc's first published book.
How would you describe your book in:
- • 10 words or less: The comic foibles of a well-intentioned, but clueless, everyman.
- • 25 Words or less: One man's hilarious journey from first awkward date through marriage, the
birth of two sons and their growth into standard-issue teenagers.
How would you summarize your book? What is it about?
This book is a compilation of essays posted on my humor blog to document my experiences as a husband and father. With chapters such as “Is There a Mind-Reader in the House” and “A World Viewed Through Man Eyes,” the stories aim to provoke a laugh or a tear or, sometimes, both. If the book succeeds at this aim, it is because I am very much an everyman and my experiences are thoroughly relatable.
Have you always been a writer?
Yes. That is to say, from the moment I learned how to match a verb with a noun, I was hooked. Growing up, I filled countless notebooks with angst-riddled poetry, spit out short stories like people spit out watermelon seeds and dreamed of writing the next Great American Novel. Even when I went to work as a lawyer, writing briefs and position papers always gave me the most satisfaction. Once I discovered that I could make a living at writing, the law didn't stand a chance.
How did this book come to be? Why did you write it?
An editor at my publishing company discovered my blog and contacted me to see if I would consider compiling the best entries into a book. After praising him for his brilliant idea, I did as he suggested and submitted the compilation as a manuscript. Later, I convinced an artist friend to prepare funny sketches for each chapter (she also did the cover art), and a humor book was born.
Who is your audience?
The audience for this book is anyone who has ever been married, anyone who has ever been a parent, and anyone who is thinking of doing either. In other words, a large segment of the adult population. In addition, anyone who enjoys a funny story, well-told, will probably enjoy the book. So, my audience is pretty much everyone.
What do you think is the most important information you communicate to your reader?
We all make mistakes, we all screw up sometimes, so try to learn from those moments and, whenever possible, laugh at yourself.
How long did it take you to write this book?
The stories in the book were written as part of a weekly blog created to document my foibles as a husband and father. Although the blog lasted approximately five years, the stories cover a period of approximately 15 years, from meeting my future wife through the point when my oldest son became a teenager.
What is your hope for this book?
That it reaches a broad audience of readers who find it worth the price of admission.
How is this book different from other humor books that are available?
I have a rather unique way of looking at things, and I believe it shows in the way I craft my stories, blending humor with pathos. Most humor books dealing with the relationship between a man and his wife or a man and his children spend most, if not all, of their time focusing upon the funny stuff. While I certainly hope my stories to provoke laughter in readers, I am also seeking to provoke a knowing nod and, perhaps, even a tear.
If this book performs well, I am considering writing a sequel that will cover the intervening seven years since I stopped writing my blog. Perhaps something along the lines of, When It Comes to the Modern Teenager, I'm Waving a White Flag.