About the author:
Mark Whalen was born in Montgomery,
Alabama, USA, during WW II, on an Army Air Corp. base called Maxwell Field.
His father being a mobile military flight instructor at the time, he lived
in about ten states before he was a year old, finally returning to the
birthplace of his parents, Detroit, Michigan, to live for the next fifteen
Mark and his family moved to the Phoenix,
Arizona area in the early 1960s, where he landed his first speaking
television role in what was at the time the number one television show in
the land, "Have Gun--Will Travel". After marrying, he moved on to the Los
Angeles, California area, where he pursued his acting career, training with
actor Bruce Dern, and The Master, Lee Strasberg, at The Strasberg Theater
Institute in Hollywood. Mark proved to be a good actor, but lousy at getting
work. He was never seen in another professional acting role again.
In 1973, Mark became a Stage Hypnotist,
after mastering the skills of a professional clinical hypno-therapist. He
saw clients during the day at Hypnosis Motivation Institute, where he became
a Charter Member of the American Hypnosis Association, and joined the
AFL-CIO affiliated Hypnotist Union. At night he performed at clubs, college
campuses, fraternity houses, and private parties.
In the early Eighties, Mark took up
stand-up comedy, landing in the Guinness Book of Records and was featured on
the Entertainment Tonight television show, by hosting the (then) longest
continuous stand-up performance. Among the celebrity performers were Robin
Williams, George Carlin, Jay Leno and Sam Kinison. For about ten years he "hobbied"
at the craft, appearing on several Los Angeles and two national television
shows. However, by the early Nineties, he decided that writing was his true
Currently, Mark is marketing his Pulitzer
Prize nominated book, "How to Quit Smoking Without Willpower or Struggle"
through his publishing company, PresMark Publishing Co., on web site
http://www.QuitSmoking4Ever.com. PresMark Publishing is currently working to
find a distribution network in retail markets for the book, which is also on
audio CD and in eBook format.
Mark has been writing books, screenplays,
poetry, and short stories strictly for a hobby for over twenty-five years.
About half of his stories are detailed true to life events from his past.
The rest are pure fiction. Some say it is hard to tell one from the other.
Currently, he is working on a screenplay
titled, "The Stand-Up"; as well as a coffee table book titled, "How I Met
Bob Dylan"; and the second in the "How to...Without Willpower..." series
titled, "How to Lose Weight Without Willpower or Struggle".
He also enjoys playing his Ovation and
Goya folk guitars and singing.
Mark currently resides in Pahrump, Nevada
(a small "country" community due west of Las Vegas and very near the
California border) with his wife of thirty years, her Aunt Maddie, and their
six Shih Tzu dogs, Onyx, Kahlua, Snuffles, Scotty, Red and Mighty Mouse.
Mark's daughter, Michelle, and grandson,
Preston (The "Pres" in PresMark), live in the San Diego, California area.
His sister, Claudia and her husband, Norm, have built a home in Pahrump
also, where they live in very active retirement.