About Mark

Alright, enough of all the third person stuff.

Here’s a little bit about me…

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

It’s sunnier.

For ten years, between 2001 and 2011, I worked as a musician throughout the UK and Ireland, playing bass guitar and having a great time doing so. 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 who I love dearly.

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

I love her dearly too.

Then I quit music in my early thirties. Truth is I was burned out and after floundering for a while with no direction, I decided to go back to uni and study. See what that studying thing was all about. I attended an evening course at Strathclyde University in Glasgow where I studied English, Sociology, and Psychology. It was in December 2010, during the English Literature lessons, as we read short stories from the Heath Introduction to Fiction, that I felt the passion return. I’d just fell in love with a long forgotten flame 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 – yep.  My writing wasn’t great, but I stuck with it. I self-published a little without knowing what I was doing, but mostly I entered writing competitions because they offered money for prizes. Eventually after lots of rejection I won a UK prize and started to get shortlisted for several international contests.

But mostly I failed a lot.

I kept working anyway.

Eventually I got my degree and put it in the sock drawer. All the while I got better at writing. Besides fiction, I was also writing regular feature articles for sports and fitness magazines and websites. The highlight of this era was interviewing Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon, talking to her about her dad’s legacy amongst other things.

I moved to Australia in July 2015.

In October 2015, I attended a two day publishing workshop with Writers Victoria in Melbourne. At that point, I’d been debating over which publishing path to take – indie or traditional? That weekend sealed the deal – the traditional representatives were disappointing. For them, the writer was a beggar who had to come to their table and beg for scraps. Beg for opportunity.

I didn’t like that so I chose indie.

It’s been a steep learning curve and it still is, but I made the right choice.

Anyway that’s enough about me.

If you want to get in touch, use the contact form on the ‘Contact Me’ page. Don’t be shy. I’ll get back to you ASAP.

Last thing, thank you for all the support. My dear readers, I love you all and I will never take you for granted.

Take care, breathe deeply and be happy.

Mark

 

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