Mark Usyk is an author and a good friend of mine. He is an ordinary guy who loves to fly fish and hang out in the good old outdoors. He is a dad, a fisherman, a writer, and an all-out real person. He has written and published two books to date and doesn’t plan to stop; and he shouldn’t!
Mark’s first book is called Reflections of a Fly Rod which I read after I edited his second book, Carp Are Jerks. When my husband first bought a copy of Reflections of a Fly Rod, I thought, Ugh…yawn, I don’t even like fishing. I’m not reading this. But after reading his second book, I definitely wanted to read his first…and I’m glad I did! Here is an excerpt to give you a little idea what Reflections is about:
Fish stories are like opinions. Everybody’s got one. The difference is people actually enjoy a good fish story. In his first book, Mark Usyk sets out to prove that he not only has a couple of good stories, but that he knows how to tell them as well. But are they really all fish stories? Or is he trying to unlock the mysteries of the universe as only an angler can? From his time as a cell tower climber with a bunch of fly rods packed alongside his climbing gear, to his days spent at a grungy and thankless production factory job indoors and all but cut off from the great outdoors, to memories of simpler days and the ones that got away, here are 61 short stories told by a self-proclaimed marginal fly fisherman. Whether they’re about fishing or something more is up to you to decide.
As I mentioned, I was the editor for Carp Are Jerks. I was unsure about the job at first, thinking - Oh man, a book about fishing…I don’t know if I can do this!! I didn’t even read his first book! But I took the job and am glad I did because after the first page, I was hooked (no pun intended). Not only is Mark a great storyteller, but he writes about real-life stuff. It’s not just about fishing…it’s way more than that. It’s experiences in life; it’s things gained and things lost.
In Carp are Jerks, you’ll go on an adventure with Mark from ordinary fly-fishing adventures to outdoor adventures with his kids, his friends, and even people he hadn’t met until the adventure! When I read the final work of Carp are Jerks after editing, I laughed in places, I teared up in places, and even nodded my head in agreement to certain things. The most fun was getting excited when people were fishing and actually caught something! Mark’s book will definitely bring out emotion.
Mark also creates wood burnings with unique pictures and passages from his books. They're truly amazing....visit his FB page for more information...Mark Usyk, Author.
Mark’s books are available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble online. You can purchase his books as hard copies or as Kindle versions. I promise you, you will not be disappointed. Don’t look at the title or cover and say “I don’t even like fishing”…don’t make that mistake. The stories go beyond fishing and you won’t want to miss out.
Find Mark on YouTube! He has a fun channel called Mark Usyk, The Marginal FlyFisherman. Go on adventures and learn from Mark. Like I said, he's a fun and ordinary guy who loves the outdoors (except mowing lawns...he hates mowing the lawn!).