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About Mark Dagostino

Best Selling Author

My Story

From Hollywood to Nashville, from wrestling rings to the center of the national political arena, multiple NY Times Bestselling Co-Author Mark Dagostino has proven himself one of the most diverse and compelling writers in nonfiction today.

Dedicated to writing books that inspire and uplift, Mark is widely recognized for his runaway #1 NY Times Bestseller, The Magnolia Story with Chip & Joanna Gaines—a book that sold more than a million copies in its first three months in publication, and continues to inspire entrepreneurs and couples to go for their dreams and live life to the fullest to this day. 

In addition, Mark has been the collaborative voice behind four other New York Times Bestsellers:

  • Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff by Chip Gaines.
  • Attitude with Villanova Basketball Coach Jay Wright.
  • Elle & Coach, Stefany Shaheen’s story of her family’s struggle with type-1 diabetes and the miraculous medic-alert dog that changed their lives for the better. (Currently in development for film.)
  • And Mark’s very first book, Hulk Hogan’s My Life Outside The Ring.

Mark’s latest books include What Set Me Free with Brian Banks, the powerful real-life exoneration story behind the major motion picture, “Brian Banks”; The Power of Wow, a breakthrough business book told through the diverse voices of The Employees of Zappos.com (along with Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh); and the highly anticipated Live in Love: Growing Together Through Life’s Changes, a memoir and guidebook due in Spring 2020 by Lauren Akins, wife of country music superstar Thomas Rhett.

Early on, Mark cut his teeth as a news reporter for the Boston Globe—developing skills that would carry through to his ten years on staff as a correspondent, columnist, and senior writer for PEOPLE magazine. Beyond his on-the-ground coverage of the death of JFK Jr., the aftermath of 9/11, and The Miracle on the Hudson, Mark’s reputation for inspiration helped open doors to hundreds of celebrity interviews: from multiple sit-downs with Michael J. Fox and Christopher Reeve, to following Rosie O’Donnell and Robert Downey Jr. through the painful downs and tremendous ups of their careers. Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake, Donald Trump, Alyssa Milano, Montel Williams, Meredith Vieira, The Olsen Twins, Al Roker, Nicole Kidman, Selena Gomez, Emma Roberts, Heidi Klum, Mariska Hargitay, Lindsay Lohan, Sting, Jon Bon Jovi and more trusted Mark to share in some of the biggest moments of their lives. He also gained the trust of the public by appearing as a celebrity expert on CNN, The Today Show, The Early Show, The View, Inside Edition, Entertainment Tonight and dozens of other national TV shows.

A prolific writer of books ever since, Mark’s other works include: Walking with Peety, Eric O’Grey’s story of the shelter dog who helped him lose 160 pounds, which is currently in development with a major film studio; Courage to Stand, which helped propel Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty into the pack of 2012 Presidential hopefuls; and Rudy: My Story with legendary Notre Dame alum Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger.

Mark earned his degree in English-Journalism from the University of New Hampshire in his home state, where he now lives and works with his family. 

Better Together

The secret behind so much of the success of Mark’s latest collaborations comes from another sort of collaboration: with his partner in life and work, Terry Taylor.

A talented writer herself, Terry, who intuitively helps Mark stay focused on the inspirational messages in every book he writes, is not only an editor extraordinaire and the ultimate organizer of interviews, schedules, transcripts and more, but she’s also a fantastic photo editor. (This is all in addition to her being a wonderful mom, gardener, decorator, music-maker and all-around champion of bringing light and love to the world—not necessarily in that order!)

Together, Mark and Terry are developing plans to put more and more of their time, skills and attention toward co-authoring books with inspirational couples; couples from all walks of life who can help every one of us learn the myriad ways in which love and life are multiplied by the power of two.

Stay tuned for more on this exciting new venture in the days ahead!

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