As a preacher’s son, Mark Wallace Maguire spent his childhood crisscrossing the South soaking in the lilting dialects, oral traditions and cultural idiosyncrasies of that region. After a brief career in music, he settled behind the desk and began a 20-year career in journalism where he served as a columnist, director and editor for magazines and newspapers throughout metro Atlanta. His first novel, Alexandria Rising was published in 2016. The sequel Alexandria Reborn was published in 2017. He was named a Finalist for Independent Author of The year and a Georgia Author of The Year nominee. “Letters from Red Clay Country: Selected Columns” was published in 2015 and features the best of his award-winning newspaper and magazine columns. His work has also been published in many regional and national publications including Snake Nation Review, Reach of Song, Cobb Life magazine, Neighbor Newspapers and The Blood and Fire Review. He has been honored by several organizations including The Associated Press, The Society of Professional Journalists and The Georgia Poetry Society. In 2005, he was named the Berry College Outstanding Young Alumni of The Year. When he’s not writing, Maguire produces musical projects inspired by his favorite authors and books as well as painting, gardening and making Star Wars puns with his sons.
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