Mark retired in 2017 after thirty-three years working in higher education finance and wanted to start writing again. The Wild Rose Press released Peculiar Activities on October 6, 2021. This is the first book in the Detective Henry Ike Pierce series. 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 signed a contract for the second in this series called Shadowed Souls with a release date sometime in the summer of 2022. He is part of a group of thirteen authors bringing together thirteen stories for a Friday the thirteenth series to be released on May 13, 2022. Mark's short story is A Gentleman from the Darkness. His 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, and they celebrated their fortieth anniversary in November 2021. Mystery/suspense/international intrigue novels are his favorite reads, and he's found a 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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