Mark’s an airline pilot with an MFA from Fairfield University, contributing editor for Airways magazine, and former managing editor for Mason’s Road literary journal. His work has also appeared in 4’33”, Aerospace Testing Int’l, AOPA Flight Training, BMW Owners News, Connecticut newspapers, Epiphany, ERAU EaglesNEST, Graze, LIFT, MilSpeak Memo, Port Cities Review, Rogue, So…Stories, The Stoneslide Corrective, The Story Shack, TARPA Topics, The Truth About the Fact, and Write This. He lives in St. Louis, MO near the big staple in the middle of the USA map. Locals call it: The Arch.
A few words from Mark:
My early craving to fly led me to an airline lifestyle where I’m currently an MD80 captain and will soon wear a twenty-five year service pin on my necktie (two diamonds and a ruby set under a silver eagle). Time in the cockpit as well as my time off has taken me to 50 countries and all the way around the world. I rarely fly on my days off, but the picture (right) was taken in my friends’ Rob and Suzie’s acrobatic Stearman. Someday I’d like to own my own small seaplane. I have roughly 20,000 total hours flying and an additional six years teaching in simulators for TWA.
More recently, I’ve fully rehabbed a century-old brick house in St. Louis—the city with a giant staple through it in the middle of the USA map (called The Arch). I put ink to paper when inspired, often at odd times and when I’m trying to sleep. In addition to my two novels and memoir, I’ve been published in a number of magazines, newspapers, and journals including: Airways, AOPA Flight Training, TARPA Topics, BMW Owners News, Rogue, MilSpeak Memo, Write This, ERAU Eagles NEST, Greenwich Time and The Advocate. I’ve also served as the managing editor for Mason’s Road literary journal during my time at Fairfield University’s low residency program where I received an MFA in creative writing.
I have three cats, having finally outgrown allergies to them: Skyy, Cali, and Elle McPherson. All are rescued.
TWA Flight 800 is the national and personal disaster that drove me to write a memoir. My novels also focus on characters wrestling with loss. During my continuing aviation career I served on the Critical Incident Response Team at TWA for two years and assisted in a group debriefing of airline employee volunteers following 09/11/2001. If anything I’ve written, recorded, or done helps others with their losses, then the effort has been worth it.
Thanks for your interest in my novels and memoir. Cheers, MLB
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