Today we’d like to introduce you to Mark Muncy.
Mark, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I started as a Halloween enthusiast that worked for Universal Studios in the early days. I became a dad and decided to build my own haunted attraction. I created Hellview Cemetery down in St. Petersburg. We based it all on local lore and legends. That’s where we started collecting the folklore and urban legends of Florida. When the haunt was closed by the city, we dug into the stories. That’s where our first best-selling book, “Eerie Florida” was born.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I was a single dad for a long time which made things hard to keep up with writing I had the day job, then the kids. It wasn’t until they were old enough that I could devote some free time to writing again.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I’m best known for the “Eerie Florida” book series from The History Press. Our three books, “Eerie Florida,” “Freaky Florida.” and “Creepy Florida,” have all been bestsellers. Our new book is “Eerie Appalachia” and is returning me back to my roots up north. It has ties to a couple of Florida events in the 1950s. My lovely wife, Kari Schultz, is the talented illustrator that brings our books to life.
Do you have any advice for those just starting out?
Never give up your dreams. I was a writer in the 80s as a kid and gave it all up to be a dad in the 90s. I knew at some point I might write again. Now I just hit 50, and I’m a frequent guest on Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, and History Channel documentaries. I always wanted to be a talking head on “In Search Of.” I’m close enough now.
- Eerie Florida is $21.99 from most retailers
- Freaky Florida is $24.99 from most retailers
- Creepy Florida is $21.99 from most retailers
- Eerie Appalachia is $21.99 from most retailers
- Website: eerietravels.com
- Instagram: @eerietravels
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EerieFlorida/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/eerieflorida
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzlHEBGihwMhK48uNeSM8Dw