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Books about Tiki

Books about Tiki

Tiki carver and tiki author, Mark Ferdinand

Mark Ferdinand has written several books on a range of topics. Much of his writing has focused on the topic of autism spectrum disorder in both nonfiction and fiction. Mark also has written on herpetology in his adventure book: You’re Gonna’ Get Bit! Books about tiki, however,  are something new that Mark has recently chosen to dabble in.

Books about tiki

Books about tiki

An enduring part of Mark’s life is that of tiki carving. Mark has carved individual tikis ranging in sizes from 12 inches to ten feet. In addition, Mark has converted large support posts to tiki carvings for  commercial establishments, private residences, and home builders for their Polynesian/South Pacific decor projects. He has become quite well known in the state of Texas for being the state’s premier Polynesian carver.

Taking this experience and relaying it to readers in an entertaining way was Mark’s goal in writing the book “Every Tiki has a Spirit”. It is a fun chronicling of Mark’s experience with tiki carving and alternates to a mythological chronicling of the origins of the earth and mankind.

Mark discusses his motivations for creating his first tiki, and some of the meaning behind a few of the hundreds of tikis he has created since. He imagines a South Pacific bible of gods and goddesses that help humanity guide its way on earth.

Every Tiki has a Spirit is available in two versions: Full color and grey-scale.

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Grey-scale Version

Mark is the author of the adventure novel “Fortune on the Spectrum”, the herpetology stories of “You’re Gonna’ Get Bit!” and the autism stories of “The Autistic Prankster”.

 

Books by Mark Ferdinand

 

 

 

 

 

  • Bachelor on the Spectrum
    (Coming Soon!)

Beyond paperback Mark’s books can be purchased for Kindle, Android, and Apple devices.

 

Best Books 2018

Best Books 2018

The best books 2018! You may be looking for an enthralling  novel this year. You may be craving exciting true tales or inspiring parenting stories. Perhaps you are interested in the origins of mankind? These four books could get you through the year, or at least through the month. Each are short enough to digest easily in a reasonable time frame, and each pack a punch.

Get ready for some terrific reading.

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Best Books 2018

 

 

Fortune on the Spectrum

Fortune on the Spectrum

Denny was diagnosed with autism at three years of age. Autism gave him the gift of obsession. This gift made him the youngest, self-made millionaire in Texas history. Autism also made him vulnerable to the forces of the outside world, of both society and nature. Fortune on the Spectrum is the journey of an unstoppable young man, destined to succeed and challenged to survive. Denny’s story takes you through struggle, humor, love, finance and danger from the voice of an atypical mind.

snake books

You’re Gonna’ Get Bit!

From chasing frogs as a child, to milking venomous snakes for a living, Mark Ferdinand explores a lifetime of tales from the world of reptiles and amphibians. Whether it’s a quest for his first turtle, keeping crocodiles in his closet, or chasing snakes around the workplace, You’re Gonna’ Get Bit! has a story that all “herpers” and nature lovers can relate to and enjoy.

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The Autistic Prankster: Enjoying the Fun Side of Autism

Autism Books. We know about all the challenges. These stories focus on the fun and the funny side of autism. While he may not have typical communication skills, surprisingly this can be an asset in the humor department. Funny autism-related moments are a daily occurrence with this young character, and this book is a collection of the most memorable.

Tiki Books

Tiki Books

Tiki Books! An immature account of the works of a tiki carver, and a serious account of the origins of the earth and mankind. The author indulges in his quest for creating bad-ass oceanic art that one can sip a cocktail by. This he alternates with a concise mythological blueprint of how this all came to be, and what we were given to navigate our way through it. A book for tikiphiles, mythology buffs, and wood carvers. Paperback in both Color and black & white versions.

Best authors of 2018

2018 Books Author Mark Ferdinand

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Beyond paperback Mark’s books can be purchased for Kindle, Android, and Apple devices.

Tiki Books

Tiki Books

Mark Ferdinand has branched out into tiki books. Actually it is one book in two different versions. “Every Tiki has a Spirit” is Mark’s new offering in 2018. He has made available a full-color version and a black and white version.

An immature account of the works of a tiki carver, and a serious account of the origins of the earth and mankind. The author indulges in his quest for creating bad-ass oceanic art that one can sip a cocktail by. This he alternates with a concise mythological blueprint of how this all came to be, and what we were given to navigate our way through it. A book for tikiphiles, mythology buffs, and wood carvers.

Tiki books

Tiki books

Tiki Book

Black and White Version

Mark Ferdinand lives on the South Texas coast with his wife, daughter and son. Fishing the surf, hunting, gardening, tiki carving, and DIY projects occupy his spare time. He has written on the topics of autism spectrum disorder, working with venomous snakes and tiki mythology.

Mark started carving tikis in order to have a large tiki to decorate his garden. Ten years later, he still has no permanent tiki in his garden as he has created and sold over a hundred of them without being able to keep one for himself.

Mark is the author of the adventure novel “Fortune on the Spectrum”, the herpetology stories of “You’re Gonna’ Get Bit!” and the autism stories of “The Autistic Prankster”.

 

Books by

Mark Ferdinand

 

 

 

 

 

  • Bachelor on the Spectrum
    (Coming Soon!)

 

 

Beyond paperback Mark’s books can be
purchased for Kindle, Android, and Apple devices.

 

Texas Author Mark Ferdinand – Smashwords Interview

Smashwords Interview with Texas Author Mark Ferdinand

Texas Author Mark Ferdinand  discusses his background and writing. His recent book The Autistic Prankster: Enjoying the Fun Side of Autism was released at the beginning of this month.

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?

Fishing the surf, hunting, gardening, tiki carving, and DIY projects occupy my spare time.

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?

Not at all. Too long ago.

How do you discover the ebooks you read? 

I search online for very old books that are converted to ebooks.

What is your writing process? 

I try to write at least a paragraph per day. This in addition to business writing and online banter.

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you? 

I believe that people invent a clever answer to these types of questions. Something contrived and crafted to be profound. I cannot remember the first story I ever read. Too long ago.

How do you approach cover design? 

I make a first attempt. Then I seek simplicity and complexity at the same time. I make multiple versions until I find the right direction.

What are your five favorite books, and why? 

My favorite books are from long dead explorers that create a daily log of their travels. I trust their experiences and their writings more than I trust modern writers seeking to revise history to their liking.

What do you read for pleasure? 

Non-fiction writing of travel, exploration, and battle from long-dead writers that carried weapons.

What is your e-reading device of choice? 

Kindle app via cell phone or tablet. With the cell phone, I can read on the terlet at work without anyone knowing my intentions when entering.

What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you? 

Youtube videos on my Mark Ferdinand Youtube Channel.

Describe your desk 

I have a desk with a screen, printer, and PC box on it, plus a variety of papers strewn about. On top of the PC box is a toy Jeep Wrangler, a paper Jeep Grand Cherokee, a toy palm tree and a Homies figurine that I found. I have pens, highlighters and a ruler laying on the right side. Behind me is a rack with two large cages with ball pythons in them, and a large fishbowl containing two Chinese firebelly newts.

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing? 

I grew up in Colorado and had access to miles of mountain wilderness on a regular basis. This gave me a love for things in the natural world and a valuable comparison to urban places and urban people. It helped me to focus on clarity and perspective in my writing.

When did you first start writing? 

In creative writing classes. High school and college level. But I always built books even as a child.

What’s the story behind your latest book? 

The story is about my son with autism. The fun and funny side of autism and the way he makes life enjoyable.

What motivated you to become an indie author? 

I do not like being told what to do and I do not want my work to be at the mercy of the whims of others.

How has Smashwords contributed to your success? 

It is a venue for my work that I appreciate. Gives my work exposure in the Apple device world.

What is the greatest joy of writing for you? 

Completion of a project, which means amassing a body of work.

What do your fans mean to you? 

They mean that someone out there is curious about what I am curious about.

What are you working on next? 

A book about tiki carvings. I build amazing Texas tiki carvings and they should be immortalized in a book.

Who are your favorite authors? 

Peter Capstick, Robert Ruark, HM Stanley.

What inspires you to get out of bed each day? 

It is a man’s duty to get out of bed. Inspiration has nothing to do with it.

Books by This Author

2018 autism books

2018 autism books

The Autistic Prankster: Enjoying the Fun Side of Autism

 Nonfiction » Parenting

We know about all the challenges. These stories focus on the fun and the funny side of autism. While he may not have typical communication skills, surprisingly this can be an asset in the humor department. Funny autism-related moments are a daily occurrence with this young character, and this book is a collection of the most memorable.

Texas Author Mark Ferdinand

You’re Gonna’ Get Bit!: Harrowing Tales of Herpetology

 Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Life Sciences / Zoology / Ichthyology & Herpetology, Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Pets & livestock

From chasing frogs as a child, to milking venomous snakes for a living, Mark Ferdinand explores a lifetime of tales from the world of reptiles and amphibians. Whether it’s a quest for his first turtle, keeping crocodiles in his closet, or chasing snakes around the workplace, You’re Gonna’ Get Bit! has a story that all “herpers” and nature lovers can relate to and enjoy.

South Texas Author Mark Ferdinand

Fortune on the Spectrum: An Adventure Novel

 Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Inspirational

Denny was diagnosed with autism at three years of age. Autism gave him the gift of obsession. This gift made him the youngest, self-made millionaire in Texas history. Autism also made him vulnerable to the forces of the outside world, of both society and nature. Fortune on the Spectrum is the journey of an unstoppable young man, destined to succeed and challenged to survive.

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Herpetology Books

Herpetology Books

Texas author Mark Ferdinand tells tales of his adventures with reptiles and amphibians. This is his first venture into herpetology books after authoring the adventure novel – Fortune on the Spectrum.

From chasing frogs as a child, to milking venomous snakes for a living, Mark Ferdinand explores a lifetime of tales from the world of reptiles and amphibians.

Herpetology Books

Herpetology Books

Whether it’s a quest for his first turtle, keeping crocodiles in his closet, or chasing snakes around the workplace, You’re Gonna’ Get Bit!:Harrowing Tales of Herpetology has a story that all “herpers” and nature lovers can relate to and enjoy.

For those like the creepy crawly reptiles and amphibians. Fun tales from amateur fun to professional pitfalls.

Mark Ferdinand has a scientific collector’s permit when collecting venomous snakes. He has always had a love for herpetology books. He has worked with venomous animals for biomedical research for over ten years and has extracted venom over twenty thousand times without serious incident. Knock on wood as hard as I can!!

You’re Gonna’ Get Bit! is available in the following formats:

Paperback (Amazon)

Kindle (Amazon)

Android (Google Play)

ePub (iBooks and iTunes)

Mark Ferdinand lives on the South Texas coast with his wife, daughter and son. Fishing the surf, hunting, gardening, carving, auto and home repair occupy his spare time. He has written on the topic of autism spectrum disorder from a father’s perspective in parenting articles and in other non-fiction venues.

Herpetology Books

Herpetology Books

Having limited typical communication skills, his son introduced Mark to new ways of interpreting his needs and aspirations. As his son grew older Mark became fascinated by the story potential within these amazing children. This prompted the creation of a dynamic adventure story focusing on a character with autism. After completing his first novel, Fortune on the Spectrum, he decided to compile a group of lifetime stories that brought him to the unusual occupation of snake venom extraction called You’re Gonna’ Get Bit!: Harrowing Tales of Herpetology. Herpetology books author and Texas author Mark Ferdinand. Mark writes novels with autistic characters, Texas fiction, and true tales of reptiles and amphibians. Books available in paperback, Kindle, Android and Apple devices.

Texas Author

Texas Author

Texas author Mark Ferdinand, a resident of Corpus Christi, Texas has a son with autism that inspires him every day.  Mark’s experience enables him to bring a unique character to life in the world of fiction. With the increase of special needs characters as a trend in books, movies and television, Mark is able to approach the creation of such characters with a realism and respect not often seen in popular media.

Autism Novel

Fortune on the Spectrum

Fortune on the Spectrum is a novel in which the main character has autism. Traits of his autism give him great focus on his obsession with day trading the stock market. He becomes the youngest self-made millionaire in Texas history.

Mark published his new non-fiction work entitled You’re Gonna’ Get Bit! Harrowing Tales of Herpetology.

Texas author

You’re Gonna’ Get Bit!

After completing his first novel, Mark decided to compile a group of stories that brought him to the unusual occupation of snake venom extraction. For those like the creepy crawly reptiles and amphibians, these are tales from amateur fun to professional pitfalls.

From chasing frogs as a child, to milking venomous snakes for a living, Mark Ferdinand explores a lifetime of tales from the world of reptiles and amphibians. Whether it’s a quest for his first turtle, keeping crocodiles in his closet, or chasing snakes around the workplace, You’re Gonna’ Get Bit! has a story that all “herpers” and nature lovers can relate to and enjoy.

Mark Ferdinand writes on topics considered unusual for a Texas author.

Fortune on the Spectrum and You’re Gonna’ Get Bit! are available through Amazon in both paperback and Kindle. Both are also available for Android from Google Play.

Texas Author

Texas Author

When not writing, Mark can be found on a barrier island fishing the surf, hunting, gardening, tiki-carving, or fixing Jeeps.

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Autistic character

Autistic Character

The Texas-based novel “Fortune on the Spectrum” delves deeply into the life of Denny Jagen, an autistic character.  Texas author Mark Ferdinand was inspired to write an adventure novel by his son who was diagnosed with autism at age three.  He imagined what kind of adventures such a character may have as he overcame challenges of normal society.

Autistic character

Autistic character

Denny was diagnosed with autism at three years of age. Autism gave him the gift of obsession. This gift made him the youngest, self-made millionaire in Texas history. Autism also made him vulnerable to the forces of the outside world, of both society and nature. Fortune on the Spectrum is the journey of an unstoppable young man, destined to succeed and challenged to survive. Denny’s story takes you through struggle, humor, love, finance and danger from the voice of an atypical mind. Autism Fiction. Texas Novel.

Mark Ferdinand lives on the South Texas coast with his wife, daughter and son. Fishing the surf, hunting, gardening, carving, auto and home repair occupy his spare time. He has written on the topic of autism spectrum disorder from a father’s perspective in parenting articles and in other non-fiction venues. Having limited typical communication skills, his son introduced Mark to new ways of interpreting his needs and aspirations. As his son grew older Mark became fascinated by the story potential within these amazing children. This prompted the creation of a dynamic adventure story focusing on a character with autism.

Corpus Christi author and Texas author Mark Ferdinand. Mark writes novels with autistic characters, and Texas fiction.  Mark is actively working on the next installment of the life of Denny Jagen, exploring HAUTISM, and other fun projects to come in 2016.  Writing projects are ongoing.

autism fiction

Autism fiction

Autism fiction

Mark Ferdinand has written the adventure novel, Fortune on the Spectrum, with the main character on the autism spectrum.

Denny was diagnosed with autism at three years of age. Autism gave him the gift of obsession. This gift made him the youngest, self-made millionaire in Texas history. Autism also made him vulnerable to the forces of the outside world, of both society and nature. Fortune on the Spectrum is the journey of an unstoppable young man, destined to succeed and challenged to survive. Denny’s story takes you through struggle, humor, love, finance and danger from the voice of an atypical mind.

Mark Ferdinand lives on the South Texas coast with his wife, daughter and son. Fishing the surf, hunting, gardening, carving, auto and home repair occupy his spare time. He has written on the topic of autism spectrum disorder from a father’s perspective in parenting articles and in other non-fiction venues.

Having limited typical communication skills, his son introduced Mark to new ways of interpreting his needs and aspirations. As his son grew older Mark became fascinated by the story potential within these amazing children. This prompted the creation of a dynamic adventure story focusing on a character with autism.

Corpus Christi author and Texas author Mark Ferdinand. Mark writes novels with autistic characters, and Texas fiction. Fortune on the Spectrum is available in paperback or Kindle.  Also available for Android (Google Play) and Apple (iTunes).

Kindle Version Customer Review:

“I found this book to be a fascinating work, not only because of the unique storyline, but also because of the glimpse the book provides into some of the daily aspects of interfacing and communicating with an individual who is on the spectrum. The story is one of love, hope and promise. What an interesting view of the potential that lies within these unique individuals waiting to be unlocked! Thoroughly enjoyable and touching. ” -Rita

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Novels about Texas

Novels about Texas

Fortune on the Spectrum has to be one of the more unusual novels about Texas.   For one thing it takes place on a barrier island on the Gulf of Mexico.  Also it’s main character is on the autism spectrum.  Money and finance play a key role, while it has nothing to do with the oil business.

Fortune on the Spectrum deals with a few serious challenges for the main character.  Besides the obvious challenges of having autism, he must endure a record-sized Texas hurricane that hits the gulf when it is least expected.

Mark Ferdinand writes his Texas-themed novel out of Corpus Christi Texas, on North Padre Island.

novels about texas

novels about Texas

Just for fun, he has created a romance novel cover for this title. Click the image above to view the real cover where it is available on Amazon in paperback or Kindle.

Mark Ferdinand

Mark Ferdinand lives on the Padre Island with his wife, daughter and son. Fishing the surf, hunting, gardening, carving, auto and home repair occupy his spare time. He has written on the topic of autism spectrum disorder from a father’s perspective in parenting articles and in other non-fiction venues.

Having limited typical communication skills, his son introduced Mark to new ways of interpreting his needs and aspirations. As his son grew older Mark became fascinated by the story potential within these amazing children. This prompted the creation of a dynamic adventure story focusing on a character with autism.

Mark is about to publish his new non-fiction work entitled You’re Gonna’ Get Bit! Harrowing Tales of Herpetology.

From chasing frogs as a child, to milking venomous snakes for a living, Mark Ferdinand explores a lifetime of tales from the world of reptiles and amphibians. Whether it’s a quest for his first turtle, keeping crocodiles in his closet, or chasing snakes around the workplace, You’re Gonna’ Get Bit! has a story that all “herpers” and nature lovers can relate to and enjoy.

Mark Ferdinand writes on topics considered unusual for South Texas authors. Both Fortune on the Spectrum and You’re Gonna’ Get Bit! are available through Amazon in both paperback and Kindle.

Texas Novels

Texas Novels

Texas Novels

There is an abundance of novels set in the Lone Star State or simply called Texas Novels. Few, if any, are set on the Texas coast. The “third coast” as it is sometimes referred to.

Fortune on the Spectrum by Mark Ferdinand delivers just that. The main character is born and raised on a barrier island in the Texas coast. He makes his fortune there, lives and loves there, but has his life severely tested by the forces of nature. The worst hurricane ever to strike the island.

Texas Novels

Parody Cover of Texas Romance Novels

Mark Ferdinand lives on the South Texas coast with his wife, daughter and son. Fishing the surf, hunting, gardening, carving, auto and home repair occupy his spare time. He has written on the topic of autism spectrum disorder from a father’s perspective in parenting articles and in other non-fiction venues. Having limited typical communication skills, his son introduced Mark to new ways of interpreting his needs and aspirations. As his son grew older Mark became fascinated by the story potential within these amazing children. This prompted the creation of a dynamic adventure story focusing on a character with autism.

Mark Ferdinand lives on the Padre Island with his wife, daughter and son. Fishing the surf, hunting, gardening, carving, auto and home repair occupy his spare time. He has written on the topic of autism spectrum disorder from a father’s perspective in parenting articles and in other non-fiction venues.

Having limited typical communication skills, his son introduced Mark to new ways of interpreting his needs and aspirations. As his son grew older Mark became fascinated by the story potential within these amazing children. This prompted the creation of a dynamic adventure story focusing on a character with autism.

Mark is about to publish his new non-fiction work entitled You’re Gonna’ Get Bit! Harrowing Tales of Herpetology.

From chasing frogs as a child, to milking venomous snakes for a living, Mark Ferdinand explores a lifetime of tales from the world of reptiles and amphibians.

Whether it’s a quest for his first turtle, keeping crocodiles in his closet, or chasing snakes around the workplace, You’re Gonna’ Get Bit! has a story that all “herpers” and nature lovers can relate to and enjoy.