Mark retired in 2017 after thirty-three years working in higher education finance, and began writing again. In February 2021, he signed a contract with the Wild Rose Press for a novel called Peculiar Activities. The book's release date is October 6, 2021. This manuscript won first place in the mystery category of the 2019 Oklahoma Writers Federation annual contest and was a finalist in the 2020 Page Turner Awards contest. Mark's flash fiction piece called Alone in Warsaw was published in the Autumn 2019 edition of the U.K. Publication, Painted Words. He served as an editor and consultant for two other publications: The First Hundred Years by Carolyn Leonard; and Real Musings by Dr. Ed Cunliff. Mark grew up in Duncan, Oklahoma, then attended the University of Oklahoma, earning bachelor's and master's degrees in political science and public administration. He and his wife have three grown children, all married, but no grandkids yet. They will celebrate their fortieth anniversary in November 2021. Mystery/suspense/international intrigue novels are his favorite reads, and he's found an odd niche with medieval murder mysteries, noting it's interesting to see the lifestyles from other eras and how crimes were solved. His favorite music includes Elvis, Chicago, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Boz Scaggs (among many others).
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