About Mark O'Bannon
My name is Mark O’Bannon and I am an author of the fantasy novel,
THE DREAM CRYSTAL.
THE DREAM CRYSTAL
All of the world’s dreams are about to die. The Shadow People have come. Always near, they linger in the darkness, ready to devour dreams, hopes, aspirations and desires.
Aisling, having lost her dream of becoming a fashion designer, learns that she’s a Faerie changeling. Disquieted by the fact that her faerie parents are kidnappers, she has decided to rescue the human child she was exchanged for, but her “sister” is no longer among the faeries, having been taken by the Shadow People.
Ith, the Lord of Shadows, is trying to control the dreams of mankind, which are under the protection of the faeries, so they’re at war.
Aisling, who doesn’t believe in dreams any longer, is falling in love with a handsome, mysterious stranger.
I'm also a game designer, and I wrote the Interactive Storytelling Game, FANTASY IMPERIUM, which SOLD OUT (5000 copies)!
Ever since I could remember, I've always wanted to become a writer. I can remember spending hours and hours searching through bookstores for a new science fiction or fantasy novel. I've always had a stack of books to read at home.
Well, about 15 years ago, I decided to learn how to tell a story. So I went out and read every book on the subject of writing and I took every course I could find. I've read Syd Field, Robert McKee, Christopher Voger, Joseph Campbell, Michael Haugue, and (almost) every book published by Writers Digest Books. I've read nearly 200 books!
There was one book that really broke things open for me: How to Write Science Fiction that Sells, by Ben Bova (an awesome author btw). This book gave me the idea that your characters should have a flaw or weakness that creates a war inside them. My writing improved tremendously, with this simple technique. Take an character value and put it in conflict with another value, all fueled by emotions. For instance: Greed vs. Friendship. Love vs. Pride. Honor vs. Revenge.
Then, several years later, after writing over 2 or 3 million words worth of stories (just for fun), I was in the bookstore to replace one of my books on writing (I keep giving them away).
I saw a book, sitting on the shelf among all the other writing books. . . .
I said to myself, "No, Mark. You have nearly 200 books on writing already. You don't need another one!"
But the book seemed to call out to me. It was nice and thick, and I wondered if it might have something new to say. So, out of pure curiosity, I picked it up and looked inside.
THE ANATOMY OF STORY by John Truby is the best book on writing ever written. John Truby is the Einstein of writers. There are techniques in this book that took me over 10 years to figure out (actually, I never did figure them out until I saw this book).
Now, I can take my entire library of writing books and throw them away (well, not really). The Anatomy of Story replaces them all!
If you ever want to be a writer, you need to get a copy of it.
Anyway, my brother, Charles Holloway, is friends with several famous authors, and I've made my way up to L.A. too and have become friends with many of them too.
I even got to meet Ray Bradbury!
Ray Bradbury, Mark O'Bannon, Charles Holloway,
& William F. Nolan.
(George Clayton Johnson is taking the picture).
Here is my main website: www.MarkOBannon.com
I've created a website all about fairies too: www.TheFairyShee.com
When I get the time, I will create a pdf version of FANTASY IMPERIUM, which will be available on the Shadowstar Games website in the future: www.ShadowstarGames.com
Anyway, I hope I can help you become a better storyteller!
Slán go fóill.
Bye for now.
- Mark O'Bannon
P.S. As you can probably tell, I'm learning how to speak Irish!
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