Mark’s first short story was published in 1985. Since then he’s had five novels for adults published, three by Bloomsbury and two by Salt. The Last Word (Salt, 2011) was shortlisted for The Portico Prize. His short stories have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, and he was recently shortlisted for the Bristol Short Story Prize. He’s written for The Bill, EastEnders, Peak Practice and Emmerdale and has written three radio plays. He wrote the screenplay for the film Before Dawn, which won the Best Screenplay award at the Bram Stoker International Film Festival. He won a Northern Writers’ Award in 2015 with the opening chapters of his first Young Adult novel. That novel, The Impossible, is published by Quercus in July 2017, and a sequel will appear in 2018. He lives in Yorkshire with his wife, his two children and his cat.