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.
A friend on my Facebook page asked me some general questions about some of the behind the scenes decisions that I make every time I launch a book. It’s a little more “process-y” than I would usually blog about. My view is, typically, that if you like sausages you probably don’t want to know what happens in the sausage factory (an apt analogy given that I used to work somewhere similar in the dim and distant past). That said, I’m always looking for ways to refine what I do, and it might be that a reader has an insight that will allow me to do that. Plus, my agent is starting to put me in a position where I will be giving seminars and writing articles in the press, so this could turn out to be a useful forum where I can lay out ideas and maybe even get some feedback on them.
I always wanted to be a writer. I wrote 25,000 words of a novel on an old BBC Micro at school, staying behind with a supportive English teacher who helped me to put the words together. I dreamed about it during an unfulfilling career as a lawyer, plotted ways to make it happen, but always seemed to fall just a little bit short. There was a notable false dawn: I was published traditionally by Pan Macmillan in the early noughties, found the experience totally disheartening and then gave up.
I didn't even know that Amazon had started dubbing authors "All Stars" until I read a post on KBoards on Tuesday. The long and the short of it is that the authors who sell the most copies of their titles over the course of a month are given the accolade and then, as if that wasn't enough, a cash bonus. It's an interesting concept, and it has excited plenty of debate amongst indie authors because there is a view - one with which I can certainly sympathise - that the money being pumped into that program (around $600,000) could have been added into the fund from which Prime and Kindle Unlimited borrows are recompensed.
Imagine my surprise, then - and my delight - when I got this email on Wednesday:
I wrote 6600 words today. Pretty good words, too, and ones that hopefully won't need wholescale editing. It was a long day in the chair - from 8.30 until around 5.30 - but it was a fulfilling one.
When I posted that I can hit 7,000 words on a good day on the blog the day before yesterday, I had a question from a reader asking how I managed to do it. I don't think that there is a formula for this, and I'm not a blazing fast typist, but these are some of the key tactics that I try to take advantage of.