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The author presenting to a California Writer's Club branch luncheon in Pacific Grove, California


Mark is looking forward to attending the Historical Novel Society, United Kingdom conference in September, 2024 which is being held in Devon, England. He will do additional research in England and Ireland to complete various novels-in-progress.


One of these novels is TAMING JUDITH SHAKESPEARE, a carefully researched new look at the mysterious reasons why William Shakespeare penned changes to his will, shortly before death, cutting one daughter out of it. The second novel in progress is about Jack London, adventurer and novelist, who rose from poor and scandalous roots to become a brash, worldwide literary sensation in his early twenties, and continued to shock early 20th Century readers until his death at the age of 40.



May 4, 2019. Mark was luncheon speaker at the Gold Rush Writers’ Conference in Mokelumne Hill, CA.

April 27, 2019, he presented a panel at the Folsom Library’s Author Expo, “Paths to Publication.”

April 13, 2019, the author spoke to the Historical Novel Society, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter on the topic: “Fix your Historical Novel by Writing it as a Screenplay.”

November 11, 2017, Mark talked with a panel of distinguished authors about the “Hand of History” in writing novels at the Barnes & Noble bookstore, Roseville, CA.

November 7, 2017, he spoke along with other historical novelists at the San Francisco Library, Main Branch on the topic, “California Fiction: Mining for Literary Gold.”

September 21-24, 2017. Mark presented a workshop, “Worth a Thousand Words: Using Images of the Past to Improve Historical Writing” at the Historical Writers of America conference on the Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico.

March 21, 2017, Mark spoke to the Central Coast branch of the California Writers Club on the topic, “Bringing Famous Personalities of the Past to Life in Fiction,” in Pacific Grove, California.

January 20-21, 2017, he presented a writing workshop on historical fiction at the Sierra Writers Conference, Grass Valley, California.

November 9, 2016. Mark was proud to be the featured presenter at the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum in St. Helena, California during the museum’s “Stevenson Week” that commemorated RLS’s birth!