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To further add to the rewards of "never giving up," A option contract was drawn and signed between a Burbank, California production company and myself in 2010 for a film production of The Climbing Boy with the thought of making my novel into an everlasting, ongoing Christmas classic.

    

     “Would you like to have Santa come down your filthy chimney?” That was the heading on a flyer I made for my company “The Flue Bug Chimney Sweep” in 1982.  It became the thought that prompted my writing of The Climbing Boy.                    

      As tedious as writing, re-writing and self-editing may be I found these to be the simple, the fun, the enjoyable parts of writing.

      In 1984, after finishing the rewriting and self-editing, I began the task of finding an agent or a publisher for "The Climbing Boy"  and The Writer’s Market became my bible

      After hundreds upon hundreds of queries, each including a "SASE", a  self -addressed, stamped envelope (this was before my time with computers), and after receiving hundreds upon hundreds of rejections, I discovered the Catch-22 of the publishing industry: agents will not look at a new writer unless he/she has been published, and publishers will not look at a new writer unless he/she has an agent.

      But I had discovered that writing had become a very enjoyable and important part of my life. So as I continued to look for an agent or a publisher for The Climbing Boy, in 1986 I began Captain Midnight and the Toothpaste Thief, which I later renamed Becoming.

      Lo and behold, after twenty-two years of trying and never giving up The Climbing Boy  was published in 2004. Four years later, Becoming was published and two years afterwards, For Better or Worse was published in 2010. 
 

     To further add to the rewards of  "never giving up,"  a contract was drawn and signed between a Burbank, California production company and myself  in 2010 for a film production of The Climbing Boy with the thought of making my novel into an everlasting, ongoing Christmas classic.

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                                                           Professional Review
                                                  Becoming
                                  A professional review of BECOMING, 
                                    by Willow, of Working Girl Reviews

“Do you remember your radio and “Captain Midnight,” “The Lone Ranger,” “Junior Miss” and “Let’s Pretend”? The first time you inhaled a cigarette? Your first swallow of hard liquor? The thrill of the first exploration of the body of your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife… your own body? Your first orgasm? Remember when as a people we loved America, and showed it? Then you might be ready for a nostalgic, funny, romantic, sexually frustrating novel. A novel that may remind many of us of ourselves, “way back then,” when God’s most mysterious creation was the opposite sex. A novel about life and the often funny, sometimes sad, day-to-day things that stir the memories of our lives…”

THE ABOVE IS A QUOTE FROM THE BLURB for Mark Lichterman’s Becoming and I put it there because it so aptly describes the novel. When I decided to review this book, I was worried because number one, I rarely have time to sit down and read a book as long as this one and two, because I stupidly felt I’d never be able to connect with anything in it. I’m female, Christian, grew up in the country, and the time period was before my time. I was wrong, wrong, wrong! The subject matter is timeless, the characters so genuine they jump from the pages and into your heart, and being the mother of boys—I could even relate to the male point of view.

The story begins in 1939 on Chicago’s west side and follows five-year-old Mitchie for the next seventeen years of his life. A true coming of age story told in graphic detail. And the humor—did I mention the humor? I found myself laughing out loud many times. I especially loved when the humor came at a time when it was totally unexpected, the way it is in ‘real life’. I can’t say all I’d like to say about the book because it needs to be experienced first hand and I don’t want to spoil that experience for the reader by saying too much.

Mr. Lichterman is a talented storyteller with a beautifully unique writing style and strong voice. His characters are delightfully flawed, giving them an unsurpassed charm and authentic quality. Becoming transcends all gender, ethnic, and geographical backgrounds, so no matter where you’re coming from, if you love truly great coming of age stories, give this one a try.

My one complaint is I felt the book ended too soon. Yes, even at 736 pages, I was sad when reading that last page and know these characters will be with me for a long time. – Willow 

 

                                               My reviews for Becoming

Wonderfully well written it paints a life picture at times through eyes of both humor and disappointment. I was reared in the rural south but this work transcends ethnic and geographic boundaries so that we can easily identify with Mitch, especially in his quest to lose his virginity. Mark's wit and great sense of humor comes through in a style that holds ones attention long after putting down his book. You just know this has to be Mark's story and that of those who experienced life with him. This is indeed a book worth reading for the sheer enjoyment of remembering the way we were and those people who made it interesting.                                                

                                    Renetta Randy  

                                     Nashvill, Tn                                                

                                                     

"As one raised in a Chicago neighborhood around the same time Lichterman grew up in his, I found this coming-of-age novel very reminiscent of my own childhood and adolescence. However, to enjoy this book, one needn't be from Chicago (or Peoria, for that matter), nor a child of the same era. The scenes, characters, experiences, relationships, conversations and events in this book are vividly and brilliantly depicted in a way that will awaken fond, fearful, and passionate memories in the reader fortunate enough to acquire this gem of a book. It is a poignant, humorous and timeless tale that moves along at a satisfying pace."                                         -J. Magoun
                                                    Thousand Oaks, CA
 

 "You just know the author either lived next door or maybe on the next block `cause
that's the way things were growing up in the late 30s, 40s and into the `50s. There was no TV showing "things" or a computer to "Google" what a boy needs to know. It was just day-to-day wonderment and exasperation to face.
The story was so close to my younger years that I started to bet myself that he would add other happenings of my life, and he sometimes did.
Oh! The fun, anger, bitter joys of your growing years that the author brought back."
                               -David Wilkins
                                Newbury Park, CA


"Fantastic!!! I couldn't put the book down. The author has a way of making you feel everything his characters are going through. What a delightful trip through growing up when times were much less threatening. I wish this would have been published when I was growing up."
                                -Bonnie Northcott
                                 Westlake Vlg, CA


"I realize that most people will enjoy the setting of the book, and that it will bring back memories, but this is actually a timeless subject. It's about growing up and, mainly, learning how the opposite sex -- boys -- deal with girls. But it's also learning that your parents are human. These subjects will go on till the end of time. Mark is very adept at revealing to women how their husbands and sons think. And it's nice to know that they are just as scared and inquisitive about us as we are about them."
                             -Dona V. Cunningham
                               Westlake Vlg, CA


"Loved the book. It brought me back to an earlier
time and I loved being there as "a fly on the wall." I found it easy to empathize with Mitchell. He gave me great insight into "coming of age" from the prospective of a boy. I wish I could have read it when I was growing up...could have let me understand that those "cool" boys were just as insecure as I. A must for us old folks and certainly a good read for everyone!"
                                  -Joyce Black
                                    Los Angeles, CA


My Reviews for The Climbing Boy:

"Mark Lichterman wrote an excellent book. I truly believe that Disney or Pixar studios should do an animation movie of the book. It would make a great film that would appeal to both adults and children. I hope he writes more books in the future."                        -Carter McIntyre
                                      Winnetka, CA


"Loved it, best book I have read in years. A friend told me about it and loaned me a copy. Whatever I say would not begin to do it justice. Buy it or if necessary borrow it but read it and enjoy. I'm sure you will as I did, want it in your permanent collection. Mark is a true artist and I look forward to his next work" 

-Don Davey   Carmel, CA

 "This 'feel good' tale by Mark Lichterman, a relatively unknown, but upcoming author, is way more than just another Christmas story. It is a classic description of the London chimney sweeping trade, brought to life by superb characterization of its main players. The reader immediately bonds with Zachariah, an eight year old child, who you want to bring home, bathe, feed, clothe and just cuddle. He will steal your heart while other feelings of anger, rage and resentment arise from the provocative personality of William Johnson, the boy's Master. Lichterman, in expert fashion, weaves a very twisted, intertwining yarn that has you holding your breath until the very end. This book is a must read. "  

    -Bruce Berger   Westlake Vlg, CA


Birth Place: Chicago, IL USA

Accomplishments: Achievements?
My greatest achievement--other than being the father of four great kids and the grandfather of five great kids--is that I never fully gave up, even though it took twenty-eight years to bring life to the people of my three novels and light to their worlds.... Mark
     



Books

For Better or Worse by Mark M Lichterman
Through seven years as two familiar young people become an adult man and woman, a husband and wife and, eventually, responsible parents....
  

Price: $4.95 (eBook)
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The Climbing Boy by Mark M Lichterman
Once optioned for a movie, now on Kindle also, "The Climbing Boy" is a magical Christmas tale that deserves to become a new Dickens like classic. The Climbing Boy can now purchased as a Kindle eBook for $3.00...
  

Price: $1.95 (eBook)
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Becoming by Mark M Lichterman
Now on Kindle also, "Becoming" IS A NOVEL THAT MAY REMIND MANY OF US OF OURSELVES, WAY BACK THEN, WHEN GOD'S MOST MYSTERIOUS CREATION WAS THE OPPOSITE SEX. Becoming can now be purchased on Kindle @ $4.95 ...
  

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Short Stories

The Midnight Skulker40
 by Mark M Lichterman
Somehow knowing they were talking about her, stepping onto one of the beds, her eyes followed the conversation regarding her bowel movement, Sabra lay with her head resting on her front paws.

BK1: Becoming;1944#7
 by Mark M Lichterman
Mid twentieth century novels: "Becoming" (735 pages) and "For Better or Worse" (733 Pages) (sequel to "Becoming") can now be purchased as Amazon Kindle Ebooks @ $4.95. Or if a Prime member, both books...


BK1: Becoming: 1944 # 6
 by Mark M Lichterman
Mid twentieth century novels: "Becoming" (735 pages) and "For Better or Worse" (733 Pages) (sequel to "Becoming") can now be purchased as Amazon Kindle Ebooks @ $4.95. Or if a Prime member, both books...


BK1: Becoming; 1944#5
 by Mark M Lichterman
Mid twentieth century novels: "Becoming" (735 pages) and "For Better or Worse" (733 Pages) (sequel to "Becoming") can now be purchased as Amazon Kindle Ebooks @ $4.95. Or if a Prime member, both books...


BK1: Becoming; 1944#4
 by Mark M Lichterman
Mid twentieth century novels: "Becoming" (735 pages) and "For Better or Worse" (733 Pages) (sequel to "Becoming") can now be purchased as Amazon Kindle Ebooks @ $4.95. Or if a Prime member, both books...


USO Dance: Chris
 by Mark M Lichterman
Mid twentieth century novels: "Becoming" (735 pages) and "For Better or Worse" (733 Pages) (sequel to "Becoming") can now be purchased as Amazon Kindle Ebooks @ $4.95. Or if a Prime member, both ...


Sunset
 by Mark M Lichterman
Mid twentieth century novels: "Becoming" (735 pages) and "For Better or Worse" (733 Pages) (sequel to "Becoming") can now be purchased as Amazon Kindle Ebooks @ $4.95. Or if a Prime member, both books...



Poetry

Elderly Woman
 by Mark M Lichterman
Notation: I am now a few days closer to age eighty than to age seventy-nine and am heading into my nineteenth month of marriage to a wonderful lady whom is five months closer to age seventy than age s...


November
 by Mark M Lichterman


Words, I Need Words!
 by Mark M Lichterman
Mid twentieth century novels: "For Better or Worse" (sequel to "Becoming")can now be purchased as an Amazon Kindle Ebook @$4.95. Or if a Prime member, both books can be read for free. "Becoming"...


Really, What If
 by Mark M Lichterman
Mid twentieth century novels: "For Better or Worse" (sequel to "Becoming")can now be purchased as an Amazon Kindle Ebook @$4.95. Or if a Prime member, both books can be read for free. "Becoming"...


Sex Now
 by Mark M Lichterman


Smoke in The Wind
 by Mark M Lichterman
"Smoke in the Wind" is a poetic adaptation from Chapter 34 entitled, "Susan" excerpted from my 736 page, mid-twentieth century novel entitled, "Becoming", which can now also be purchased as A Kindle e...


Young
 by Mark M Lichterman



Articles

A Jewish Boycott
 by Mark M Lichterman
How many years will it be before the attack on the World Trade Center 'NEVER HAPPENED' because it offends some Muslim in the United States?...


Betrayal in Benghazi
 by Mark M Lichterman
Colonel Phil "Hands" Handley is credited with the highest speed air-to-air gun kill in the history of aerial combat. He flew operationally for all but 11 months of a 26-year career, in aircraft such a...


Did You Know?
 by Mark M Lichterman
Sony played this video at their executive conference this year. Caution: It may leave you a little breathless...


The 2000 Year Old Man
 by Mark M Lichterman
Most of us older folks have heard this while, probably, most of you younger folks have not heard this... But, to me, this is one of the funniest skits ever recorded... In my opinion. ...


Social Security History
 by Mark M Lichterman
Q: Which Political Party decided to start giving annuity payments to immigrants though they've put not a penny into it. A: That's right! Jimmy Carter and the Democratic Party....


Lost C. Burnett Skit
 by Mark M Lichterman
Possibly because of a few choice words......


THE CANDY BOMBER
 by Mark M Lichterman
This is one of the Great Stories shared in the 50th Anniversary of The U . S. Air Force in photo form. ...



News

For Better or Worse now on Kindle
 by Mark M Lichterman
Long awaited Kindle formatting finished...


Becoming Video Trailer
 by Mark M Lichterman
I Recently had a "Becoming" Video trailer made....


Book Fair. Who's coming?
 by Mark M Lichterman
We read each other and critique each other, so how nice it's going to be for some of us to meet each other....


Article in Ventura County Star 8/17/08
 by Mark M Lichterman
A story that starts in 1939 with a 5-year-old child and ends in 1955 is the premise of the second book by 74-year-old Mark Lichterman of Westlake Village, a professional chimney sweeper who writes nov...


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