Hi. I’m Mark. I live in the Sunshine Coast with my beautiful wife and two young daughters. We enjoy hanging out as a family, going for walks along the beach, and drinking jumbo flat whites.
As a kid I was a big fan of comics, mainly superheroes, Scrooge McDuck, Archie, and Looney Tunes. I must have watched Superman and Superman II more than fifty times , and when I was ten, I thought there was a chance I could have been Superman, I just hadn’t worked out how to get my heat vision working, or why I hurt my feet when I jumped out of trees.
I’m a chef by trade, trained at The Sofitel in Melbourne straight out of high school, spent a few years living and cooking London and traveling around Europe. Now I work at the Sunshine Coast Hospital in Food Services.
When I was twenty-nine, I was lucky enough to meet the girl of my dreams while working on the Whitsundays in Tropical North Queensland. I‘ve spent the last nineteen years with her, and for the past fourteen years I’ve been able to call her my wife. After I met her father, a builder down south, I decided I wanted to learn to build a house and spent the next seven years working as a labourer and a carpenter. My wife and I bought a couple of old houses to renovate and finished them just before we had kids.
A few years ago, a friend and I discussed how we’d both like to write a novel, challenging each other to write five-thousand words in thirty days. I wrote the start of Firestone and uncovered a real passion for the craft. What followed was an unexpected two years of hard work, late nights, and immersion the process of drafting, writing and editing. I read countless books on how to write novels, listened to podcasts and audiobooks on the art, watched YouTube videos signed up to writing blogs, absorbing as much information as I could.
When I’m not playing with my kids (or cleaning up after them), spending time with my wife, or writing, I’m either working, reading, cooking, or in the gym watching Marvel movies while thrashing on the rowing machine, running on the treadmill, or throwing barbells around.