Mark grew up in Hertfordshire, England, and now lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and three young children.
Over the years, he has been many things: ski instructor, journalist, personal trainer, and bra folder (he lasted one day: fired for giggling at the ridiculousness of the job. If it's any excuse, he was just nineteen years old.)
His first real career was as a newspaper reporter in Colchester, Essex. There, he covered the police and crime beat for almost two years. He also wrote stories on foreign assignments, including accounts from Northern Ireland while with the British Army, and from Romania where he covered the first-anniversary celebrations of that country's revolution.
Mark moved to America in 1994, mostly for the weather. He attended journalism school at the University of North Carolina, in Chapel Hill, and then law school at Duke University, graduating with honors and a lot of debt.
He is currently an Assistant District Attorney with the Travis County DA's office. Or, as he tells his kids, "I help catch bad guys." Simplistic, yes, but you try explaining the judicial system
Terry Shames will sign and discuss The Last Death of Jack Harbin (Seventh Street Books; $15.95).
Terry Shames (Berkeley, CA) is a freelance writer and coeditor of "Fire in the Hills," a book of stories, poems, and photographs about the 1991 Oakland Hills Fire. She grew up in Texas and continues to be fascinated by the convoluted loyalties and betrayals of the small town where her grandfather was the mayor. Terry is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. To read more about Terry Shames, visit her website at www.terryshames.com.
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