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 Super Heroes, Scrooge McDuck, and Looney Tunes. I must have watched Superman and Superman II more than fifty times each, and was ten, I thought there was a chance I could have been Superman, just hadn’t worked out how to get my heat vision working, or why I hurt myself when I jumped out of trees.
I’m a chef by trade, trained in Melbourne straight out of high school, spent a few years living and cooking London and traveling around Europe. Now I work at a hospital, in food services but not as a chef.
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 seventeen years with her, and for the past twelve 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 couple of 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 reading, or in the gym thrashing on the rowing machine, spinning on the spin bike or throwing barbells around.