2018. The author is hard at work on two fact-based historical novels. One of them, set in the 17th Century, tells the story of how conflicts and an unsolved murder within a writer’s family helped forge his most enduring, world-renowned work. The second, taking place in early 20th Century, tells how a bastard child who was left with a wet nurse overcame all odds to become the bestselling author in America. Stay tuned!
A VIDEO RECORDING of a presentation at the San Francisco Library about Stevenson’s Treasure and the process of writing the book is available via THIS LINK . (Thanks to Richard Bartlebaugh, videographer, and SF Library.)
HEAR A PODCAST of Mark’s discussion of “Stevenson’s Treasure” on Capital Public Radio’s “Insight” program with host Beth Ruyak by clicking This Link .
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.
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 was dinner speaker at 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, Mark 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!
October 1-14, 2016. Mark worked on a new novel at NOEPE (the Martha’s Vineyard Writers’ Residency), Edgartown, Massachusetts.
July 25-29, 2016, University of New Mexico, Summer Writers’ Workshops in Santa Fe.June 7, 2016.
Book Club discussion of Stevenson’s Treasure in Grass Valley, California.
April 29 – May 1, 2016. At the annual Gold Rush Writers Conference in Mokelumne Hill, CA, Mark was the keynote speaker (“Why Legal Insanity and Writing Fiction are So Much Alike) and also presented a workshop, “Writing and Selling Historical Fiction.”
November 14, 2015, Local Authors’ Day panelist (historical fiction) and book signing at the Folsom Public Library, 411 Stafford Street, Folsom, CA.
October 14, 2015, 6:30 PM, spoke on “Researching and Publishing Historical Fiction” to the Sierra Writers Club, Grass Valley, California.September 12 through
September 25, 2015, was in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT.
June 26-28, 2015: Historical Novel Society, annual convention in Denver, Colorado. Signed books, and presented writing and research tips with a distinguished panel on the topic, “Writing the West, Women Who Bucked Tradition.”
May 2-3, 2015: signed books at the Gold Rush Writers Retreat, Historic Leger Hotel, Mokelumne Hill, CA.Sunday, April 12, 2015, 1:00 – 3:00, Sacramento Public Library Local Author Book Festival, Downtown library Galleria, 828 I Street, Sacramento.
Friday, May 23, 2014, 6:00 PM, Face In A Book Bookstore, El Dorado Hills, CA. Author reading, signing and treasure hunt.
Friday, June 6, 2014, 9:00 AM: “From Idea to Publication of Stevenson’s Treasure” — California Writers Club breakfast, IHop, Sunrise Blvd, Rancho Cordova, CA
Saturday, June 7, 2014, 2:00 – 4:00 PM: Author reading, treasure hunt and book signing at the Avid Reader, 1600 Broadway, Sacramento
Sunday, August 3, 2014, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, Museum of Monterey, 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey, CA. Author presentation, book signing, and music provided by John Weed of Molly’s Revenge Celtic Band in the gorgeous town where much of STEVENSON’S TREASURE is set! For details click this link
Thursday, September 4, 2014, 7:00 PM: Author presentation, reading and book-signing at the wonderful site where lots of research for the novel was conducted, the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, 1490 Library Lane, St. Helena, CA. For details click this link
September 21, PM: Book Club discussion, Sacramento
Tuesday, October 7, 4:30 PM: Reading, Q & A at the West Tisbury Library, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.
In residence Oct. 1 – 15 at the Martha’s Vineyard Writer’s Residency, NOEPE Center for the Literary Arts, Edgartown, MA.
Friday, October 24, 10:00 – 11:30 AM: Author presentation, readings, Q & A at the Renaissance Society, California State University Sacramento
October 25, 12:00 – 12:45: California Capital Book Festival, Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J Street. Panel discussion of Stevenson’s Treasure with other historical authors Dianne Hales (Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered) and Lauren Coodley (Upton Sinclair, California Socialist, Celebrity Intellectual).
November 4, 2014: Book Club discussion, Auburn, CA
November 11, 2014: Book Club discussion, Carmichael, CA
Saturday, Nov. 15, 1:00 PM: Discussion and book signing at Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco.
January 22, 2015, Book Club author appearance and discussion, Sacramento CA.
January 26, 2015, Book Club author appearance and discussion, El Dorado Hills, CA.
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