Mark has studied education and information science, starting at the University of Central Arkansas and has degrees from Edith Cowan University in Western Australia, where he lives with his wife and three children, all of whom are avid readers when they’re not addicted to computer games, busy studying or playing Barbies or LEGO. Often seen around them is a curious, small, white-furred creature that may be a canine, but this finding is questionable.
He loves reading too, of course, especially science fiction, fantasy and adventure books. Some of his favourite authors are Matthew Reilly, Clive Cussler, Isaac Asimov, JRR/Christopher Tolkien, Robert Heinlein, Clifford Simak and Arthur Porges. He proudly owns all three of the Ruum stories in their original publications. He recommends reading Enid Blyton’s classic Secret Seven and Famous Five books, which are especially accessible to younger readers.
Mark is also a huge fan of Star Trek, Star Wars and Indiana Jones and lists First Contact, Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark as the best films of these respective series. A funny and enjoyable fan film, Star Wars Uncut recreates the first Star Wars movie (later renamed A New Hope) and can be seen freely by clicking on the link. They’re currently making Empire Uncut – YAY!
His love of writing comes not only from books and film, not to mention computer games, but also tabletop role-playing, particularly Dungeons & Dragons where many happy hours were spent exploring old dungeons in search of magical swords and treasure while generally running away screaming or hiding after getting everyone else into trouble. Okay, so some of his characters weren’t exactly brave.
One of Mark’s peculiar hobbies is collecting old pencils, mechanical and wood-cased and he particularly likes Palamino’s lovingly revived Blackwing 602 series. A couple of the best sites for information are Bob Truby’s Brand Name Pencils and Leadholder, the Drafting Pencil Museum. If anyone would like to donate any interesting old pencils, please email Mark at email@example.com.