Mark M Lichterman
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.
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.
"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."
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."
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!"
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
"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
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
|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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Nude-Night-Naughty 8 by Mark M Lichterman
‘Paunch’? Yeah, in his dreams! Mitchell saw the body of a seventy-three year old man with a bulging stomach, his own set of hanging boobies, a major set of ‘love-handles’ and...
Naughty 8 f...
Murphy’s Law by Mark M Lichterman
Or, of course, then there was: “Well, honey, this is the first time we did ‘it’ without one.” And you know how that turned out; ‘cause nine months later: Yup, Whatever can go wrong, did go wrong!
Geriatric Romance 1&2 by Mark M Lichterman
Nadine? Nadine is one of those older women that maintains the shadow of her youthful beauty while her elder beauty, at least to me, shines through the wrinkles on her face and the thickening of her bo...
Nadine:Geriatic Romance:1 of 2 by Mark M Lichterman
For those that read this before, sorry, but I'm not quite ready to say goodbye to Nadine, and as I don't know how to logically make this a two part story without re-submitting part one for those tha...
Nadine1:Geriatric Romance by Mark M Lichterman
Her eyes on me again, my eyes meeting her eyes, “I miss a man,” she said emotively, “I miss being held by a man and the feeling of a man’s body next to me, and....” Her eyes shifting away,...
Climbing Boy: Lady 2 by Mark M Lichterman
Zachariah is able to see her face, for mama’s face is the face of the lady and he looks at her closely, wanting, needing,to etch mama’s face into the eye of his memory. To never forget again!
Climbing Boy: Lady 1 by Mark M Lichterman
A country girl brought to the City of London upon her marriage to a wealthy barrister seven years earlier, though
things had been done quite differently in the country, the lady was well aware tha...
Christmas in Evanston3 by Mark M Lichterman
5:20… Oh, come on, already! 5:28… 5:35… Shit, what’s twenty-five lousy minutes? His hand shaking, he dialed: S-H-3-5-7-5-8. The phone rang once… twice… and ri… into the third ring.
Part 3 Hig...
BECOMING138:Diamonds by Mark M Lichterman
“I’ve been thinking: next Tuesday Mitchell is going to call at my house, and I thought it would be a nice idea if I had your family over for dinner that night—even Roger and Brenda—and when Mitchell c...
BECOMING 76: Susan 1 by Mark M Lichterman
Susan was well aware of her looks. As a matter of fact, much like Mitchell, the way she looked also made her feel self-conscious and shy, and this, to those that did not know her, also came across as ...
BECOMING144:Yeah,Sure! by Mark M Lichterman
They say that one of them will sleep on top of the blanket and one of them will sleep under the blanket! And they say if I… if we, don’t let them, they’ll go to a motel.”
“You buy the blanket...
BECOMING 33: Porky Pig by Mark M Lichterman
Thinking, She thinks she’s hot! The embarrassment of an ejaculatory stain on his light colored Levi’s being something he did not want, knowing that he must break away, or else, closing his eyes tightl...
BECOMING 63:Death, That's Life? by Mark M Lichterman
Seeing his pain, a sudden sense of empathy causing a bond Walter hadn’t before felt for his son. “Wait.” Stopping his wife, “Give him a while to calm down and I’ll go talk to him in a few minutes.”
BECOMING116:Finding Chris by Mark M Lichterman
Powerful winds howling through the constantly shifting rigging playing a discordant, lunatic’s cacophony, the prow rose, ascending upward and upward, until, momentarily, all the man on watch was able ...
The Holey Pocket by Mark M Lichterman
Slouching, his Jockey shorts had hiked into his groin, and by putting his left hand into his pocket and stretching his finger through the hole he’d discovered when his nickel fell out, by ripping the ...
BECOMING15: Nocturnal Emission by Mark M Lichterman
Careful, masturbation scene.
Holding it tightly, he moved his hand down, forcing the dangle of foreskin to glide over the glans… then up again, and down again, and each time he did the head o...
BECOMING143:Sexual Arousal by Mark M Lichterman
Careful, extreemly sexual scene here
Wanting to be touched. Wanting her to touch him. Wanting to be… desperately wanting to be held within her hand, “Ma...
BECOMING 99: Nude Lady by Mark M Lichterman
Although she didn’t show much cleavage, he knew that it was hard to judge the size of a woman’s breasts from this distance, especially if she was wearing a restrictive bathing suit, but he could see t...
BECOMING168:Sexual p.m. - Careful here by Mark M Lichterman
Standing above her, looking at her, unable to take his eyes from the beauty, the absolute beauty of the fully nude body of Marsha, of his wife, as…
Reaching to him, encircling him...
BECOMING 109: Marsha by Mark M Lichterman
Oddly, although this girl was the absolute opposite of the stocky, big-busted, Coca-Cola, All-American, girl next door type of girl that he’d always been attracted to, for some incomprehensible reason...
BECOMING106:Elsa/sexual3 by Mark M Lichterman
Sitting up, free of all restraint, Elsa’s breasts hung slopingly over her stomach and when, with his gentle urging, she laid back, her breasts fell to the sides of her chest where the small areolae sh...
BECOMING150: Day B4 by Mark M Lichterman
Flinging herself into his arms, they kissed until—he’d never seen her without a tan; even last October she’d still had the remnants of a tan—now, though, holding her at arms’ length, “You okay? You lo...
BECOMING114:Christine by Mark M Lichterman
Biting him the least of his problems, a bit nervous, though, because he knew what was coming, trying to look calm, and remain calm, “It’s okay, Chris,” sitting next to her, “you can bite me whenever…”...
Welcome Aboard by Mark M Lichterman
Ignoring him, taking the papers, “Christ, Mac,” crossing the room, “just look at what they sent me for a replacement!” Slapping the papers on the Yeoman’s desk, Ewing pointed a stiffened finger to som...
Little Dick:X Rated by Mark M Lichterman
Shrugging the robe off, Rhea left it where it fell. Taking a towel from the bathroom, laying it flat on the bed, going to her dresser for a bottle of hand lotion, opening it, Rhea set it on t...
Sorrow And Joy by Mark M Lichterman
As few know what a Japanese Chin looks like and most, by this time, know what a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel looks like, the above picture is of Mushi in one of his favorite places: one of my dresser...
No shit, Sherlock! by Mark M Lichterman
Heaven's Meaning by Mark M Lichterman
Understand first; I am not looking for a sermon nor a biblical interpretation.
Words by Mark M Lichterman
Hair in my Dentures by Mark M Lichterman
Prelude to Disaster by Mark M Lichterman
Solar Powered Sex Machine by Mark M Lichterman
I've A Dog by Mark M Lichterman
A long story that I'm rather sure I'll get into some other time.
His name is "Muchi"... Inspired by Mushu Pork. So, I've a dog na...
78/68 by Mark M Lichterman
Done By An Asian Guy by Mark M Lichterman
Our First by Mark M Lichterman
Old Woman, Old Man by Mark M Lichterman
Nocturnal Erotica by Mark M Lichterman
Gray Sky Opening by Mark M Lichterman
Band of Gold by Mark M Lichterman
December's Horror by Mark M Lichterman
Originally presented on 3/13/11 titled "Today's Horror"
Now revised and presented as "December's Horror" ...
Terror X 2 by Mark M Lichterman
November by Mark M Lichterman
For Me, For Us by Mark M Lichterman
What? To Write What? by Mark M Lichterman
Nine Thirty Now by Mark M Lichterman
We The People by Mark M Lichterman
Originally submitted on May 19, 2010
SkiBo and Me by Mark M Lichterman
This is my third poem regarding some talk of or form of religion.
As before, for those that are believers, please no sermons....
So, I Ask, Why God? by Mark M Lichterman
What If:Vol 5-2:Soused by Mark M Lichterman
What if I never lied?
What if we parted in 1952 and never saw each other again... until?
What if we did meet again... sixty years later?
What if we never met in the first place?
An Elephant Story by Mark M Lichterman
Careful here. Don't want anyone dieing laughing....
No! I don't Tweet! by Mark M Lichterman
I did not write this, but it is FOFLOL (fall on the floor laugh out loud) funny... Especially if you're over seventy....
Crime Stats & Guns by Mark M Lichterman
I do firmly believe that if an insane person is bent on murder he or she will find a way to commit murder and,figuratively speaking, taking my legally owned guns will not stop him or she from committ...
AuthorsDen Worthwhile? by Mark M Lichterman
As I was looking for a new venue to, hopefully, sell books – as I am sure for the same reason many of you became AD members – I became an AD member.
Paper Is Not Dead by Mark M Lichterman
You don't have to speak the language....
Older Ain't So Bad by Mark M Lichterman
But when you're an older guy, even with the help of that little blue pill, or that little almond colored pill, that doesn't always work when and like you, or she would like......
Beautiful by Mark M Lichterman
Many years ago, waiting for a good friend outside of a Starbucks one evening,he came along at the tail end of one of these and, even though he was/is a concert pianist he could not place the music and...
Dumb Joke #9 by Mark M Lichterman
The more you think about the "Night Nurse", the funnier it gets. You've probably seen this before, but even so... Short & sweet.
The Great Flydini by Mark M Lichterman
I have a friend that was an NBC cameraman for years and a for good number of those years he worked on The Johnny Carson show and has been sending me cuts from the show. So for a good laugh... ...
Deno, Donnie & Frank? by Mark M Lichterman
A very old one from the Dean Martin Show....
4 daysB/4Christmas 1943 by Mark M Lichterman
Four days before Christmas, on December 20, 1943, in the darkest hours of World War II, two enemies met in the skies over Germany. ...
California Gun Laws by Mark M Lichterman
As a target shooting gun enthusiast living in the state of California, I can tell you, at least in my state and from my experience, that the laws and rules are strictly upheld.
She'd Have Died... by Mark M Lichterman
"One of the nation's leading authorities on guns, John R. Lott, tells Newsmax that gun free zones are a "magnet" for mass shooting attacks. He also says that Europe, with strong gun control, has almo...
Bob Hope GI Christmas by Mark M Lichterman
MERRY CHRISTMASto all, especially our service men and women and vets.
With the upcoming Christmas season, this is what one man and his crew did to help make some others relax and have some enjoyme...
The Equalizer by Mark M Lichterman
Tales of the Gun - the history of and the Guns of Colt
Tug Toner: Seriously by Mark M Lichterman
The newest exercising marvel......
Fireplace Use & Safety by Mark M Lichterman
Most important! As soon as you decide to make a fire, open a nearby window a bit to equalize the internal air pressure.
Climbing Boy on Kindle by Mark M Lichterman
The Following is a professional review of my novel, "The Climbing Boy" which is now available on Kindle for $2.95...
Give a Climbing Boy for Christmas by Mark M Lichterman
A magical Christmas tale that is on it's way to becoming a classic. "The Climbing Boy" takes place on one day: December 24, 1843, which, by no coincidence -- after all I wrote it -- is that exact Chr...
The Climbing Boy by Mark M Lichterman
The abuse and exploitation of these children became the basis for civilization’s first child labor laws.
The Climbing Boy can now be purchased as a Kindle Ebook @ $2.95...
Climbing Boy&Becoming on Kindle by Mark M Lichterman
Both books can now be found on Amazon Kindle: Mark Lichterman.
47 Million on Food Stamps by Mark M Lichterman
People do vote their pocketbooks. In essence, the people vote for a Congress who will not raise their taxes, and for a President who will give them free stuff, never mind who has to pay for it.
Carol Burnett: uncut version. by Mark M Lichterman
Very funny, though a bit racy....
Shooting in California by Mark M Lichterman
During the, by now, many years of my life, though I had never fired one, hand guns have always held a certain mystique for me. Even throughout my three and a half year in the military, though I most c...
Cagney & Hope by Mark M Lichterman
At the end of a very stressful week. Whether your guy won or lost, and mine, as those that know me, lost. But needing something a bit on the cheerful side, though a repeat, I cannot imagine anyone n...
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...
The Climbing Boy
Assisting as a consultant in the writing of the screenplay for the forthcoming motion picture.
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