THEN WRITE IT
Mission Author Mark Scheel
on a lifetime of writing
Story and photos by Denise Elam
Mark Scheel has been thinking a lot about what he wants his tombstone to look like.
The published author, poet, blogger and most recently, novelist, said he’s at an age where pondering an epitaph is considered normal. He wants his to share his life motto: live it, then write it.
“I write from experience,” he said. “My credo is: Writing of yesterday for the reader of tomorrow because life today makes no sense.”
And boy, does Mark have a lot of life experience to write about. Born in 1943 and raised on a farm just north of Emporia, he grew up in a household that appreciated a good book. His mother, a former schoolteacher, was a “bibliomaniac” who read to him often.
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