By Allen A. Buchanan, Staff Writer
ST. PETERSBURG – Marques A. Clark hosted his first book signing for the release of “Breaking Out” at The Studio@620 last Saturday, Nov 25.
His latest work evolved out of a traumatic experience that altered the trajectory of his life significantly.
“I just went across town for a little while when I got a call that our house caught on fire,” said Clark.
The then 23-year-old Clark rushed home but all he could do was watch in paralyzing horror as his house burned down with his four-month-old son Marques Antron Lavon Clark, Jr. inside.
“For a whole year after my son passed, I had what you call a blackout,” explained Clark, saying that he was in a total emotional collapse.
“I don’t remember anything that happened in 2007. I would go to work, go home and lock myself in my room and I’d close the door and shut myself off from the world. I didn’t want to talk, socialize or doing anything with anybody.”
Clark had no outlet at the time until he picked up a pen and started journaling.
“I started getting some of my thoughts and deepest emotions out that I was going through,” said Clark, who feels that this process helped usher in the healing process.
“So I wrote, I wrote and I wrote!”