Hey there! I’m Marcus Emerson and I write and illustrate books!  A few of my books are the Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja series, the Secret Agent 6th Grader series, Middle School Ninja, and Recess Warriors. I try really hard to create books that are engaging, funny, and inspirational for kids of all ages – even the adults who secretly never grew up.

My real name is David Halvorson. I was born in Seoul, South Korea on January 14, 1981 and lived there until I was 2-years-old. My next home was in Savannah, Illinois until I was 5-years-old. Mililani, Hawaii was where I started Kindergarten and stayed until I was in second grade. From third grade on, Davenport, Iowa became my stomping grounds for the rest of my life. Davenport is also where the schools in my books are based on- Buchanan Elementary School and Wood Intermediate School.

 I stayed in Davenport, Iowa for college and got my bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design with a minor in Art History from St. Ambrose University. I wasn’t planning on becoming an author at the time so I pursued Graphic Design as a career. But on January 13, 2012 I self-published my first book on Kindle through Amazon. Since then I’ve self-published 75 books and am working on 5 books published through Roaring Brook Press.

I’m currently having the time of my life with my beautiful wife and four (almost five!) amazing children. I still dream of becoming an astronaut someday and walking on Mars.