Mark Toro is first and foremost a professional photographer by trade. Before publishing this first novel, he has had numerous music reviews published along with his concert photography, editorial photography and photojournalism. A few college writing courses years ago led him to believe in his writing. This particular writing of this novel took him by surprise as he never wrote anything having a style that rhymed. The story opened up one day after returning from New York City and finishing a screenplay. Then, the miracle of words began to pour out, like never before in his life.
"What I thought was going to be a small memoir of living in New York turned into a year and a half long novel. I just decided to go with it and I couldn't believe how it transpired."
"Each time I wrote, I never realized with words flowing through me in perfect prose and rhyme form, that each time I wrote was a miracle, because I don't believe it was all coming from me. A string of miracles each time I wrote, tied together finishing this story. It was a miracle because I never ever wrote this way before in my life. A string of miracles tied together that finished this story, a story of hope for others to believe, how real God can truly be.
Published by Zondervan/Tehabi Books for a photography book called, "Sunday In America" in 1997, Mark thought sending a ten chapter proposal to Zondervan to see if he had anything would be a place to start. A letter back from Lyn Cryderman, Vice President and Publisher of Books at Zondervan replied with, "I must tell you that this was well written." "That really encouraged me to continue," Mark says. "Una Storia Amore" was finally finished in The Summer of 2006.