Two tales merged into one delightful plot
In the past eight years, Mark has written three critically acclaimed novels: The Fall Line, Hard News And The Purification Ceremony. His fourth novel, Ghost Dance, has just been published. His short stories have appeared in prestigious literary journals such as Quarterly West and Amelia. And his essays and reportage have appeared in national magazines and major newspapers, including Sports Afield, Outdoor Life, Yankee, Snow Country, The Boston Globe Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, Cooking Light and The New York Times.
New York Times Book Review Editors named Mark's THE FALL LINE a "notable book of 1994." He has been twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, once for feature writing and once for investigative reporting.
After graduating with a degree in English from Hamilton College, Mark joined the Peace Corps and spent two years teaching nomadic children in Agades, Niger along the ancient caravan route between Tripoli and Timbuctu. He obtained a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University after his return from West Africa, followed by a year as a financial correspondent with Reuters Ltd. in Chicago and four years at States News Service in Washington D.C. covering Congress and the federal agencies.
In 1986, he joined the San Diego Union-Tribune where he wrote about urban affairs before becoming a full-time investigative reporter, a job that he believes was invaluable experience for a novelist who writes suspense thrillers.
Mark left the paper in 1991 to write full-time. He lives in central Vermont with his wife, Betsy, and two sons, Connor and Bridger. He is an avid skier, hunter and cook. He holds a third-degree black belt in Aikido and teaches the Japanese art of self-defense in his own dojo. He recently accepted a position as a contributing editor at Sports Afield magazine.
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