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John B. Marek

Award-Winning Author, Suburban Homesteader, Licensed N.C. Guide and Aspiring Market Gardener

Welcome to the official website of ACWC award-winning author John B. Marek.

Here you will find information about my writing, my hand-tied fishing tackle and my adventures (misadventures?) in suburban homesteading, as well as excerpts, a chance to win a Kindle Fire 7 and a special offer on my new book, Ben and the Art of Lawnmower Maintenance. Email me for free signed postcards (they make good bookmarks and fair kindling) and check out my weekly FIELD NOTES column, which explores subjects ranging from favorite books and movies to lasagna gardening and pocket water fishing techniques.

On April 27th-28th, I had the pleasure of signing copies of Ben and the Art of Lawnmower Maintenance at events in Wadesboro and Huntersville, North Carolina.

On April 27th, I launched my new book, Ben and the Art of Lawnmower Maintenance, with a luncheon at the Anson County Chamber of Commerce in Wadesboro. On April 28th, I signed copies at Total Office Services in Huntersville. Both events were great! I got to see many familiar faces and to meet a few new fans. 

My next event is a book signing for Ben and the Art of Lawnmower Maintenance at the historic Davis General Store in Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday, June 2nd. The time is 10:00 a.m. until noon.

Check out the EVENTS page for future engagements. If you would like to have me speak at a function you are involved in, such as a garden club, book club, public library event, convention, bookstore reading, or retail event, I would love to accommodate you. I’ll bring giveaways, prizes and my Allegedly Famous Bourbon Brownies.



The term FIELD NOTES comes from my short story "The Bug Jar." It is what Jonah writes on the cover of the spiral notebook where he records the activities of his "test subjects." Quite unknown to me at the time I wrote that story, there is also a company in Chicago called FIELD NOTES which produces a very cool line of stationary products based on vintage agricultural advertising notepads... literally "field" notes. I now use that company's books, pencils and pens for my daily note-taking and can personally recommend their products. 

Books by John B. Marek

Hand-Tied Natural Fur and Feather Dressed Spinners, Jigs and Flies

Contact Me

Wynfield Creek Homestead is a private residence. I am happy to show visitors around my suburban homestead, but by appointment only, please.

Wynfield Creek Homestead

15610 Louth Ct, Huntersville, NC 28078, US

(704) 237-0719


Monday - Saturday: By appointment only

Sunday: Closed