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Texas Authors

Texas authors are making an island splash.  Mark Ferdinand resides on Padre Island in Corpus Christi, Texas and has dedicated a significant part of his life to writing. His body of work includes a novel featuring an autistic character, a chronicling of wild reptile stories, humorous tales of autism, and a mythological account of giant tiki carvings.

Fortune on the Spectrum

Novel set in coastal Texas authors

Novel set in coastal Texas

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.

You’re Gonna’ Get Bit!

 

Reptiles and amphibians books Texas authors

Reptiles and amphibians books

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.

Funny Autism Stories

 

Fun autism books Texas authors

Fun autism books

We know about all the challenges. These funny autism 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.

Every Tiki has a Spirit

 

Books about tiki Texas authors

Books about tiki

An enduring part of Mark’s life is that of tiki carving, and his works are spreading across the Corpus Christi area. 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. Printed versions in color and black and white.

Mark Ferdinand writes on topics considered unusual for Texas authors.

Mark’s books are available through Amazon in both paperback and Kindle. Digital versions are available for Android from Google Play and iTunes for Apple devices.

Texas Author

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.

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.”

Corpus Christi author and Texas author Mark Ferdinand. Mark writes novels with autistic characters, Texas fiction, and true tales of reptiles and amphibians. In 2017 Mark published his autism parenting book- “The Autistic Prankster: Enjoying the Fun Side of Autism.” Available in paperback and Kindle.

Check out Mark Ferdinand’s latest book- “Every Tiki Has a Spirit.”

Tiki Book

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.

Tiki Book

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.

 

Autism and Thanksgiving

Autism and Thanksgiving

Autism and Thanksgiving

As I write this we are preparing for this year’s thanksgiving festivities. This year, however, promises to be a bit of a blow to his routine. For the last ten years or so, we have enjoyed visits from his grandparents for the entire week. I would take most of the week off, and we would enjoy visiting, eating, drinking, and going to restaurants. This year is a new experience with autism and Thanksgiving.

What leads me to believe that he will be at least slightly thrown off, are the questions coming up this year now that he can identify the fact that this year is different.

By this time his grandparents (called Oma and Opa) would have been here. By this time I would have already taken off work. He is happy to be off school and at home, but he knows that something is amiss.

Autism and Thanksgiving

Autism and Thanksgiving

Update: Maturity does have a positive effect on his dealings with changes. Thanksgiving came and went, and we informed him repeatedly that we would be seeing Oma and Opa on Christmas and that “This year is different”.

He now understands that when we say “Today is different” or “This year is different” he is in for a change to what he is used to, and better be ready to deal with it. I promised to take him to the restaurant on the following weekend, and we ended up making a father/son day out of it.

Autism Author Mark Ferdinand

Mark Ferdinand is a Texas author living on 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.

Books by Mark Ferdinand are available here:

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Autism Author

Autism Author Mark Ferdinand

Mark Ferdinand lives on 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. An autism author with experience.

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.

Autism Author

Author Mark Ferdinand

Fortune on the Spectrum

Denny Jagen lives on a barrier island on the Gulf of Mexico. He is diagnosed with autism at three years of age, but has a unique gift, a fascination with money. This fascination becomes a talent for day trading and he becomes the youngest, self-made millionaire in Texas history.

Living on the Gulf of Mexico with his family, he has experienced close calls with storms and hurricane watches, but never a direct landing. This all changes when by accident of fate, he is left home alone with a category four hurricane heading straight for his town.

Autism Author

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, and danger from the voice of an atypical mind.

Fortune on the Spectrum is published independently and is available through Amazon Books in both paperback and Kindle e-book format.

 

2018 autism books

2018 autism books

Contact Info:
Email: markferdinandbooks@gmail.com

 

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Texas Romance Novel Cover

Texas Romance Novel Cover

Just for fun once again. I am getting a kick out of creating a Texas romance novel cover using the title of my book, Fortune on the Spectrum.  I love the covers for Texas romance novels and as an author from Corpus Christi, I wanted to get in on  the action. Here is my latest…

Texas Romance Novel Cover

Texas Romance Novel Cover

Autism Novel

Actual Cover

Above is the actual cover for Fortune on the Spectrum.

Fortune on the Spectrum

Fortune on the Spectrum is a new novel featuring a character with autism. This character becomes the youngest self-made millionaire in Texas history and endures multiple challenges both before and after his great achievement. Autism books fiction.

Books and novels abound these days with themes relating to autism spectrum disorder.  A large percentage of these books are in the non-fiction category which give advice to parents and loved ones of children with autism. Doctors, therapists and other professionals also have added their take on the subject in great numbers of published works.

My novel is obviously a work of fiction, but so much of it is drawn from real-world experience raising a son with autism. Many of the interesting quirks and behaviors of the main character were inspired by my son. Of course I gladly ran with the fleshing out of an interesting adventure for all readers, but knowing parents with experience with such things will recognize familiar themes as well.

Texas Author Mark Ferdinand

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.

 

Son with autism and I back out on the kayak

It’s spring. It’s warming up. It’s time for new adventures!

Spring has arrived and so has warmer weather. It was not warm enough to swim, but a great day for getting out on the water. We have a large kayak with an electric motor that gets us around the local waters nicely. I can be out for hours with this setup, but with my son along I play it a bit safer to not risk running out the battery.

As usual I promote my book, “Fortune on the Spectrum”. It’s an adventure novel with the main character on the autism spectrum. If you can put up with my nonsense, thank you for watching…