About Mark

Here’s a little bit about me:

I come from Glasgow, Scotland. These days I live in Melbourne, Australia.

For ten years, between 2001 and 2011, I worked as a musician throughout the UK and Ireland, playing bass guitar and having a damn good time. I worked with a variety of bands and musicians, touring and recording for the most part. It was a wonderful way to spend my twenties and I met some of the best people along the way, making lifelong friends.

I also found my wife on the road.  Not literally lying on the road, you know what I mean.

But then I quit music in my early thirties. I was burned out and decided to go back to uni so I attended an evening course at Strathclyde University in Glasgow. I studied English, Sociology, and Psychology, and it was in December 2010, during the English Literature lessons, as we read short stories from the Heath Introduction to Fiction, that I felt something happen. I might not have realised it at that moment, but I’d fallen in love with a long forgotten passion of mine – writing.

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In 2011, I retired from my bass gigs and went to work on my degree in English Literature and History. All the while I was writing short stories – bad ones mostly. My first one was all about vampire puppies.  My writing wasn’t great, but I stuck with it. I self-published a little, but mostly entered writing competitions because they offered money for prizes and that reeled me in. Eventually I won a UK prize and got shortlisted for several international contests.

But mostly I failed a lot.

Still, I kept working.

Eventually I got my degree and put it in my sock drawer. I got a little better at writing. Besides fiction, I was also writing regular feature articles for sports and fitness magazines and websites.

When I moved to Australia however in July 2015, I decided to concentrate 100% on fiction – the least lucrative of all my writing gigs.

In October 2015, I attended a two day publishing workshop with Writers Victoria in Melbourne. At that point, I’d been debating which publishing path to take for some time – indie or traditional? That weekend sealed the deal – the traditional representatives were disappointing to say the least and ultimately I decided the route was too passive for me. So I chose indie. It’s been a steep learning curve for sure and the indie route isn’t for everyone, but I’m sure I made the right choice.

So what do I write? Speculative Fiction – that’s my thing. FAB is an alternate history novella that asks ‘What if John Lennon had lived?’ I’ve since added two sequels to complete the FAB Trilogy. I also wrote a novel about the London riots of 2011 – L-2011 – in which the riots don’t stop. That novel gave birth to the dystopian/alternate history series, the Future of London.

Right, that’s enough about me for now. If you want to get in touch, feel free to use the contact form on the ‘Contact Me’ page.  I’ll get back to you ASAP.

Thanks for all the support folks.  All the best and be happy.

Mark

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