studied music at North Texas State University (now University of North Texas) before transferring to Columbia University in New York, where he earned his AB. He has graduate degrees from the University of Virginia and the University of Chicago.
After graduate school, Mark worked as a librarian before eventually migrating to information technology. He spent the last fifteen years of his first career as a higher education chief information officer.
These days, Mark is a writer and occasional IT consultant. Mark's third novel, the satire HELL'S SUPER, was published in October 2013. The sequel, A COLD DAY IN HELL, will come out in the Fall of 2014.
Mark studied with Michael Thornton, former principal tubist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Mark was one of the founding members of the Polished Brass, an Ohio-based brass quintet. He played with that group for fifteen years. Since moving back home to Austin, he has joined the Pecan Street Brass, the Austin Brass Band, and the Numbers (a traditional jazz band).