Mark Dawson was born in Lowestoft, in the UK. He has worked as a DJ, a door-to-door ice cream seller, factory hand and club promoter. He eventually trained as a lawyer and worked for ten years in the City of London and Soho, firstly pursuing money launderers around the world and then acting for celebrities suing newspapers for libel. He currently works in the London film industry.
He is presently writing two series.
The John Milton books involve a disgruntled British assassin who is trying - without much success - to put his past behind him. In order to atone for the blood on his hands he has decided to help those in need. The first full length novel in the series, The Cleaner, sees Milton struggle to adapt to life amongst the gangs of East London during the riots of the summer of 2012. The Cleaner, and the other books in the series, have all been best-sellers in their categories at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
The Soho Noir books, beginning with The Black Mile and continuing with The Imposter, follow the glitz and glamour of criminal life in London's West End from the 1940s to the present day. The Imposter picks up the nefarious goings on of the Costello crime family and a protagonist who is rather more than meets the eye. Think of The Sopranos set in Soho and you'll be on the right track. This series, too, has been downloaded tens of thousands of times.
Mark lives in Wiltshire with his wife and two young children, plus a dog and two cats.
Read Mark's regularly updated blog for news on new releases, competitions, offers and appearances.
I don’t blog about the business of publishing very often but it strikes me that the recent brouhaha between Amazon and Hachette is worthy of at least a few of my words. There is a lot of nonsense being tossed around and it stands to be redressed.
Back at the start of my career, in 2000, I was published traditionally by Macmillan. This was before digital books were a thing, and well before self-publishing had arrived to turn everything on its head. I was fortunate to be published and none of what follows is intended to take away from the people that I met along that particular journey. Everyone, from my agent to my editor to the publishing team and the supporting cast, was a pleasure to meet and get to know. And, for the most part, they did right by me. That the experience was underwhelming is not a reflection on them, but on the way the industry was back then.
So it’s been a little while since I updated the blog. There’s a good reason for that. I’ve been stupidly busy, but I’m not about to complain about that. It’s been the most productive couple of weeks I’ve had for a long time and I’ve got all kinds of stuff done.
Most importantly, at least in relation to the emails that I’ve received from readers, is that the new John Milton book is sitting pretty about 90,000 words and is, I think, the best thing I’ve ever written.
I've had another great day of writing today: a good haul of 5,000 words that brings the new Milton novel up to a very healthy 50,000 words in just over two weeks of work. That's way ahead of schedule and so I am obviously very happy with where I'm at. That the pace of the writing has been good is usually - for me, anyway - an indication that the book will read quickly, too, which is a quality I know my readers are looking for.
It's been a busy first few days on the new book. I've pushed on to 30,000 words, averaging around 6,000-7,000 words a day, which is about twice as productive as I thought I would be. Because I've plotted the major plot points out in advance I've been able to jump forwards and backwards depending on the mood that I'm in. For example, on Monday I felt like writing an action scene and so that's what I did, setting out an escape that Milton makes from the bad guys in a Breaking Bad style Winnebago. That was fun to write. Today, I was in a more reflective mood and so I did some passages where Milton and the other characters tell the reader their motivations.