Mark Edward Jones started writing once retired in 2017 after thirty-three years in higher education finance. He signed a contract in February 2021 with the Wild Rose Press for a novel called Peculiar Activities. The book is in the mid-editing stages, with a hoped-for release later in the fall of 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. A flash fiction piece called Alone in Warsaw was published in the Autumn edition of the U.K. Publication, Painted Words. He has served as an editor and consultant for two other publications: The First Hundred Years by Carolyn Leonard; and Real Musings by Dr. Ed Cunliff. His first completed project is Servants, Slaves, and Sinners, written in the 1990s, self-published in 2017, and edited and republished in 2019. It is a collection of stories from family narratives and genealogical records about an ancestor coming to colonial Virginia in the 1670s. Mark grew up in Duncan, Oklahoma, then attended the University of Oklahoma, where he earned bachelor's and master's degrees in political science and public administration. He has three grown children, all married, but no grandkids yet. He and his wife will celebrate their fortieth anniversary in November 2021. Mystery/suspense/international intrigue novels are his favorite reads, and he’s found an odd niche, reading Medieval murder mysteries. He notes it is 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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