Mark Pryor
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  • Austin, TX
  • United States

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Mark Pryor replied to minervaK's discussion Though you all might enjoy this...
"Honestly, that's not been my experience at all and I would disagree with your generalizations. The first sentence, yes, my publisher is interested in a series rather than a stand-alone, but to me that shows an investment on their part. I…"
Jul 9, 2013
Mark Pryor replied to Jude Hardin's discussion Is Creating Suspense Really This Simple?
"I also think it's a good, if simplified, way to look at crime fiction (any fiction?!).  For me, it's not just one question lobbed out at the start, it's that question answer and then replaced with another, or maybe answered by…"
Dec 13, 2012
Mark Pryor and Lucie Smoker are now friends
Oct 20, 2012
Mark Pryor replied to Karen Dionne's discussion Free book trailers
"This is interesting.  Another cheap (if not free) avenue is the one I'm taking: I put an ad online where students at the film school here would see it.  I met with a couple of people and am paying one young lady $100 to make a…"
Jun 27, 2012
Mark Pryor replied to Mark Tillmann's discussion When don't any of us by any other members books?
"Dammit, you won't want to hear from me then... ;)"
Jun 15, 2012
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Jun 15, 2012
Mark Pryor replied to Patricia Gligor's discussion A Waste of Time?
"Agreed.  I think we as writers also tend to gravitate towards other writers, their blogs and sites and tweets.  But we need to reach further, to readers.  It does seem like a maelstrom of confusion, I'm embarking on that process…"
Jun 15, 2012
Mark Pryor replied to Michael Zolezzi's discussion Path to publishing.
"Good stuff, Michael.  I'm in a similar boat, or was.  I'm a prosecutor handling pretty big cases, murder, robbery etc.  In fact, one of my cases was on 48 Hours last October, and I suspect the air time helped me get a book…"
Mar 2, 2012
Mark Pryor replied to Cammy May Hunnicutt's discussion These are professionals, don't try this at home
"I've always wanted to go undercover... or take down an undercover operator... or... dang, sorry, that's all I could come up with for now."
Feb 24, 2012
Meg and Mark Pryor are now friends
Dec 28, 2011
Mark Pryor replied to Meg's discussion criminal justice careers
"Thanks!  Paris because... I love it so.  Been there a lot, parents live in France, just a lot of connections and good vibes.  Headed back in ten days, as it happens.  The main character is American, though, head of security at…"
Dec 28, 2011
Mark Pryor replied to Benjamin Sobieck's discussion Video Trailers Do Not Sell Books
"I'm torn on book trailers.  In my mind, they should be a little like log-lines, just enticing enough to get the reader/viewer to look closer at the author or book.  Frankly, most trailers I've seen are just too long, a swirl of…"
Dec 28, 2011
Mark Pryor replied to Meg's discussion criminal justice careers
"Hi Meg, I've been interested in all things crime-related for most of my adult life, and for a while was a police reporter for a newspaper in England.  I'm now a prosecutor in Austin, TX, so get to see the crazy stuff first hand. …"
Dec 28, 2011
Mark Pryor is now friends with Debra Brown and Benjamin Sobieck
Mar 19, 2011
Mark Pryor replied to Benjamin Sobieck's discussion Is Crime Fiction Mainly Written/Read by People Who Don't Experience Crime?
"I guess I'd be the exception, then. :)  I've never been a victim of crime (or a perp, as far as you can prove) but in my job as a felony prosecutor I see crime every day.  And trust me, none of it is glamorous, fun, or intriguing…"
Mar 19, 2011
Mark Pryor replied to Benjamin Sobieck's discussion Must-Watch Video: "So You Want To Write a Novel?"
"The guy who made this clip is a friend of mine.  He made another called, "So you want to be a lawyer?" that went viral.  On the strength of these two videos (and his blog) he was contacted, and offered representation by, a top…"
Feb 15, 2011

Profile Information

About Me:
I am a 45 yo Englishman, living in Austin, Texas. I live a life devoted to crime (as a felony prosecutor) and so that's what I write about.
I Am A:
Reader, Writer
Books And Authors I Like:
Eric Ambler, Peter Temple, Jo Nesbo, and Alan Furst.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Dexter, House, The Simpsons

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At 11:09am on June 25, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Mark, I wanted to introduce to you my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a paranormal, murder, mystery thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
At 3:31pm on May 20, 2009, B.R.Stateham said…
Hey, Mark! Find a discussion and jump in with both feet. Say something outrageous. Start a discussion yourself! Becha' you'll find someone that will make a reply--equally as outrageous.

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