Mark grew up in Tacoma, Washington, and currently lives in Wasilla, Alaska. When he was very young he lived for two years in a suburb of Athens, Greece. This experience to this day shapes and informs his perspective on other cultures. After spending much of his twenties working various labor and construction related jobs, he decided it was time to get an education.
He began attending Tacoma Community College, where he received an Associates in Arts and Sciences in 2005. Mark, with an ever-persistent desire to improve himself and challenge himself to reach his goals, decided to continue his education and enrolled at the University of Alaska, Southeast (UAS). Obtaining a Bachelor's degree had been a personal goal for many years, and in 2013, he achieved it graduating magna cum laude from UAS with a Bachelor of Arts, Social Science. He majored in History and minored in Economics and Political Science.
In between college endeavors Mark met his amazing wife Marcy and they moved to Juneau, AK and married in 2009. They have raised three incredible children, Jade, Iris and Harold. The couple eventually moved to Wasilla. They have a dog who entertain them on a regular basis in addition to moose watching, gardening and enjoying Marcy’s culinary delights, always created with much love.
He enjoys music and has been an avid musician since he started playing guitar at age 12. Mark is a talented musician who is mostly self-taught. After guitar he took on the challenge of teaching himself drums and bass guitar. Mark has been in several bands throughout his life. He and his wife dream of creating an incredible jam space for Mark to pursue his love of music.
A short time after graduation he landed a job working in the Arctic oilfields of Kuparuk which is west of Prudhoe Bay. With the catastrophic effects of COVID19 and the oil price depression Mark was let go from his position on the north slope. However, during that time Mark was able to see some things most people never get to see such as arctic foxes, herds of caribou, brown bear roaming the tundra (he did not get to see a polar bear), but unfortunately did see the thick, black swarms of mosquitos in summer. Mosquitos are affectionately known as the Alaska state bird. Mark worked long hours, twelve-hour days for fourteen days straight. He commuted to and from work to and from Kuparuk on a flight that took an hour and forty minutes by jet (in state)! This schedule while rigorous allowed him to pursue another goal - writing.
During Covid-19 quarantine Mark completed the second in the series The Blackfire Chronicles, Volume 2 which is close to publication! He is currently working on Volume 3 along with several other exciting works. A new job allows Mark to work closer to home and his schedule provides him more time to pursue his writing career. In summer, when he is not helping his wife in the garden he is writing or mowing the lawn, which is so big it takes 8+ hours on a riding mower, he is finishing other books, short story collections, editing and writing. Ultimately he would love to retire to spend his days at his true passion, writing! Your support reading his books, writing reviews are what can help him get there!