Mark McGinty: The Website
Author & Writer

The Slow and Graceful Death of the Tobacco Leaf

The Cigar Maker lives on in this 4-part spinoff series from Cigar Advisor!
Click the image to read Part One.

Part One

Connect with Mark  




Check out Mark's short story "Heist" in the latest issue of Cigar Advisor. JFK's Cuban cigars are stolen from the White House and later recovered, 20 years later, by a pair of clever thieves.

The Summer 2012 issue of Montage Magazine includes an article on American cigar bars called "A Modern Day Playroom" by Mark McGinty. Click the image to view the online version (article on p. 23, Mark's bio on p. 18).

Montage Magazine is the premier lifestyle publication mirroring the transcendent Montage Hotels & Resorts and Residential Brands. Dedicated to the guests, the pages of the magazine reflect the comfortable elegance and grace of Montage and the lifestyle it embodies.


Germ Warfare Has Arrived!!

Mark McGinty's latest effort is his first ever comic! Germ Warfare, a comic anthology for germs and their generous human hosts, features an army of talented Twin Cities cartoonists. Mark penned his first comic for this book, drawn and inked by his wife Lupi.

Germ Warfare was released November 5th, 2011 by Seventh Avenue Productions and is available right here on The Cigar Maker official site, or at Amazon.com

For a free preview visit Lupi Loopy Loops


Become a fan of The Cigar Maker



The Cigar Maker
WINNER - Bronze Medal
2011 Independent Publisher Book Awards


"McGinty creates a vibrant, hectic and exciting atmosphere as he describes the constant struggle between cigar workers and captains of the industry."

The Cigar City. The year is 1898. Young Cuban rebel Salvador Ortiz and his family have escaped the hardship of war-torn Cuba, but the union halls, cigar factories, and dark alleys of Tampa are filled with violence and vendetta. Salvador must defy constant labor strife and deadly corruption in a one-industry town known for backroom cockfights, street thugs, late-night abductions and mass production of the world’s best hand-rolled stogies. An ideological battle for control of the cigar industry tests Salvador’s self-respect and love of hard work as he fights to abandon his rambunctious, outlaw past and lead his proud Cuban family into a colorful immigrant society. His wish for a peaceful life as a husband, a father, and a man of dignity is threatened by a lawless underworld and a cultural conflict with a dangerous, bloody history. Based on true events.



"The Sopranos meets the Buena Vista Social Club, written in the style of Mario Puzo."


Order a signed copy!

Available wherever books are sold!

Download the book right here, right now. On Smashwords, directly to your desktop or Amazon Kindle. 


Now available from Barnes and Noble Nook!           

The Latest

The Cigar Maker named a Finalist at the 2011 National Indie Excellence Book Awards - Historical Fiction category.

The Cigar Maker named a Finalist in the
2010 Book of the Year Awards, ForeWord Magazine, Historical Fiction Category....and more!

WINNER! General Fiction Honorable Mention
DIY Convention 2/27/2011

WINNER! General Fiction Honorable Mention
New England Book Festival 12/28/10

WINNER! General Fiction Honorable Mention
London Book Festival 12/30/10

Chapter 2 appeared in the Sept/Oct issue
of Cigar City Magazine
*click the cover to read online*

Connect with Mark on 

   Check out some Cigar Maker merchandise from Spatterbrains.

About Mark McGinty
Photo Gallery