Mark Wiederanders was born in San Francisco, a city where part of his novel, Stevenson’s Treasure, is set.  As a boy he loved stories told by his Texas grandmother about the Civil War and the Comanches, and he devoured adventure classics like Treasure Island.  In college he majored in psychology (California Lutheran University) and then went on to earn a Ph.D from the University of Colorado.  Settling with his wife near Sacramento, Mark studied delinquency and mental health treatment programs for the California state government, publishing results in several professional journals.


In fiction he writes about the private lives of famous authors.  His screenplay about William Shakespeare’s family, “Taming Judith” was a finalist in the Academy of Motion Pictures’ annual screenwriting competition and was optioned by a film company.  Eric-Hoffer-Finalist-SealAn early draft of Stevenson’s Treasure placed in the Short List for Finalists in the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society’s Novel-in-Progress competition, and in 2016 the published novel was named a finalist in the Eric Hoffer Book Awards.  Mark has been awarded writing residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, the Martha’s Vineyard Writers’ Residency and the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center. 

Member, Author’s Guild

Mark loves acting in community theater (recently a Neil Simon play), skiing near Lake Tahoe, golf, and spending time with his wife and three

grown children.

Here is an action-shot of Mark’s writing process, taken during one of these residencies:

Howard Romero Photography, Johnson, VT

Mark staring at blank page
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