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.
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My last day at work is November 28. My first day as CEO of Unputdownable Limited is November 29. So what am I going to do when I don’t have to commute into London for my day job any more? How on earth will I manage to fill my time?
That’s not difficult. I’m going to write, write and write some more. Even with the demands of my job, I’ve managed to keep up a prodigious rate of production this year. Since Christmas, I’ve published Ghosts, The Sword of God and Tarantula in the John Milton series. The sixth Milton book, Salvation Row (that title might be changing), will be out before the end of the year. In addition to that, I’ve written the three books in the Beatrix Rose trilogy. That’s six novels and a novella. Give or take, half a million words. And I’m very happy with that.
I’ve wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. There was a time, when I was twelve or thirteen, when I stayed behind in middle school and, with the support of a wonderful English teacher, drafted my first “novel” on the school’s ancient computers. I was into Asimov and Heinlein then, so, obviously, it had to be sci-fi. I come from the coast, and wrote a story about a fisherman for a local competition. It won a prize.
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.