As a screenwriter Mark Valenti has written over 200 hours of television, mostly for children and families, ranging from Rugrats to Disney TV movies. He writes TV movies for Lifetime and Hallmark and he has authored several books, including a YA trilogy that came out in 2018, called The Wolf and the Warlander.
In this episode, we discuss:
Writing for a living vs. writing for passion or personal satisfaction.
Process of creating a script, the best way for newcomers to learn how, where ideas come from, etc.
Origins of his desire to become a writer.
Writing the world’s most expensive children’s TV show in the middle of a lava field in Iceland.