My name is Mark Viola and I was born and raised in New York City. I am an American and I am the son of an immigrant and the grandson of immigrants. I have a broad range of interests, from reading to card playing to gardening. For over twenty years I have been a circulation director for National Geographic and I am an expert in all aspects of the publishing business and marketing. During my life at times I have worked on tugboats and in construction, for industrial research and steamship companies. I am educated and well-read and I have traveled around the United States and abroad a number of times. All of this has helped to foster in me a deep and abiding interest in the many astonishing aspects of our world and for the wonderful diversity of humanity. None of this though, is the impetus for my writing. In 2005 when hurricane Katrina devastated the beautiful city of New Orleans, I found myself appalled at the woefully inept ability of our nation and its leaders to respond to the crisis created by this disaster. I have watched as time and again devastation is wrought upon communities around the world by disasters, both natural and man-made, and continue to see the lackluster and often bumbling response of those we put in positions of authority. The most recent events in Puerto Rico being yet again another disappointing example. With the advent of global warming, this trend will only become worse. Time and again I thought that if we applied one-tenth of the professionalism, the resources, the expertise and the passion to disaster response that we do to our military, the world would be a much better place. My writing is an endeavor to portray how that would look and hopefully lead to something more.
Type of Writing
historical, science fiction, screenplay/script, fantasy, magazines