Almost from birth, Mark has had a life long fascination with all things science.
Throughout grade school, it was the usual model rockets, telescopes and microscopes that occupied his spare time, along with avidly following the space program.
In high school, he started a science club that earned him the Baush and Lomb Science Award in his senior year, which he followed up by acing the science section of the ACT college entrance exam. Fortunately, despite those achievements, Mark managed to avoid the dreaded "nerd" designation, and swears he never even owned a pocket protector.
By the middle of his freshman year in college, however, he felt something in his life was lacking, that something being artistic expression. That ended his budding science career, but launched a new English major.
It was probably inevitable that Mark found himself drawn to writing science fiction, and after cutting his literary teeth by writing poetry (which he still writes) and several "so so" SF stories, Mark wrote two novels prior to An Audience for Einstein, which he considers far and away his best work ever.
Mark is currently a college administrator at prestigious Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois, and resides in a town nearby with his wife and three children. He is already hard at work on his next novel.