Coming to a Writer's Group Near You ... if you're in Columbia City

            Albion author Mark R Hunter, who has three published books and writes a humor column that appears in three local newspapers, will be on hand in Columbia City October 16th to talk about writing and humor, and sign copies of his books, and maybe actually be funny.

            Hunter will appear at the Peabody Library, at 1160 E Hwy 205 in Columbia City, from 6-8 p.m., in a gathering hosted by the unsuspecting Whitley County Writers' Group.

Anyone who hasn't bought his novel, Storm Chaser (or has, but wants another copy for the Pulitzer Committee) can get two books for a bargain: Readers can buy his local history book Smoky Days and Sleepless Nights, or a humor compilation that includes a contribution by him, My Funny Valentine, for $9.95, and get Storm Chaser for two dollars off, at $12.95.

            Mark R Hunter’s first novel, the romantic comedy Storm Chaser, was published by Whiskey Creek Press in 2011, and in 2012 the same publisher released his related short story e-book collection, Storm Chaser Shorts. Also that year, a humor piece by Mark was included in the anthology My Funny Valentine. He’s currently working on a sequel to Storm Chaser, whether his publisher wants him to or not.

            In July, 2013, Hunter published a local history book, Smoky Days and Sleepless Nights: A Century or So With the Albion Fire Department. His humor column, Slightly Off the Mark, appears in the weekly newspapers Albion New Era, Churubusco News, and Huntertown News, and has widely been proclaimed to be somewhat funny.

As a way of getting ideas (and groceries), for two decades Mark R Hunter has been an emergency dispatcher for the Noble County Sheriff Department. He’s served over 32 years as a volunteer for the Albion Fire Department, holding such positions as safety officer, training officer, secretary, and public information officer. He also has done public relations writing for the Noble County Relay For Life, among other organizations, and served two terms on the Albion Town Council. When asked if he has any free time, he laughs hysterically.

Mark lives in Albion, Indiana, with his wife and editor Emily, a cowardly ball python named Lucius, and a loving, scary dog named Beowulf. He has two daughters and twin grandsons, and so naturally is considering writing a children’s book.

More information about Mark R Hunter’s work can be found online at


  1. Way to go, Mark. Again, though, it's not that close to Utah.

    1. What? If you left in the morning, you could be here in four or five days! :-)

  2. Bit of a far way off from my part of Ontario... have fun!

    1. By the sixteenth there could be a snowstorm between you and me ...