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College Station, Texas (Aggieland)
About Me:
I write the Val Lyon Private Eye series--one novel, Pilikia Is My Business, and seven short stories. I'm currently at work on a new series featuring Ava Rome, a Honolulu PI, former MP.

When not writing, I do educational research at Texas A&M University, root for the Aggies, run marathons (the picture was taken during the Armadillo Dash half-marathon), and spoil my grandchildren, Morgan and Matt.
I Am A:
Books And Authors I Like:
Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, Dennis Lehane, Marcia Muller, Joe Lansdale, Sara Paretsky, Vicki Hendrix, Laura Lippman, Bill Crider, Lono Waiwaiole, George Pelecanos, Peter O'Donnell, G.G. Fickling
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
The Black Donnellys

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New story published

The latest issue of The Thrilling Detective is out with a story by yours truly. Horns is a Val Lyon short story about murder, lust, bulls, bullshit and bull semen. It features a kick-ass detective, cowboys, barrel clowns and a 1700 pound bag of aggression named Terminator.

This story came about because of a brief article in Sports Illustrated some years ago about rodeo bulls being forgotten… Continue

Posted on January 10, 2009 at 6:17am — 1 Comment

A review of Manuscript Makeover by Elizabeth Lyon.

Manuscript Makeover: Revision Techniques No Fiction Writer Can Afford to Ignore

Elizabeth Lyon

The Penguin Group, New York, 2008

347 pages


It was at a conference for new writers in Austin that I saw a lot of shocked faces when literary agent Jim Donovan proclaimed that they could not imagine how much revising is necessary before a manuscript is ready for publication. How much revision? Elizabeth Lyon cites Dean Koontz who did thirty-one drafts of his… Continue

Posted on April 23, 2008 at 1:02pm — 1 Comment

A sale:

On Friday, I received a notice from the delightful Sandra Ruttan
that she's accepted my short story for "Spinetingler." It should
appear in fall or winter. The story is called "Out Of
Service." Without giving too much away, it's about some kids who
play a practical joke on the wrong people. It turns out badly for
all concerned.

Posted on May 24, 2007 at 3:19pm

First entry

I'm jealous. Vicki Hendricks has this great picture of her

in a skydive. I've done skydives (not nearly as many as Vicki and

my skydiving days are over) but I don't have a picture of me in

freefall. I had a video of my first jump and it was pretty

ugly. Nothing to post on a website. So, I settled for the

next best thing--a shot of me running. It's ugly too, but how

about those Willie Nelson shorts?

Although I don't have any skydive pix, I can claim… Continue

Posted on March 27, 2007 at 3:32pm

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At 12:35pm on April 25, 2008, Annette Dashofy said…
Hi, Mark, I don't mind at all if you forward my comment to Elizabeth. She's my hero.

And let me ditto LJ's congrats on the Spinetingler acceptance. It's a terrific magazine. And I'm not just saying that because they've published my stuff, too.
At 2:25pm on March 24, 2008, L.J. Sellers said…
Hi Mark
Congratulations on your Spinetingler acceptance. Short stories are tougher to write than long ones.
I have a videotape of my one and only jump, but it's shot from the ground and not impressive. But proof, anyway, that I did it. I have a few other "adrenaline junkie" shots on my page.
At 7:32am on June 15, 2007, Nikki Leigh said…
Hi Mark

This page will give you some preliminary information about Book Promo 101. I plan for it to be the first in a series. The first book offers basic information and instruction. This page will give you some additional information about the topics that will be covered and how the book is written and laid out. My publisher is waiting for it and I need to find time to finish it :)

Nikki Leigh

PS - Any questions, let me know :)
At 5:09am on May 25, 2007, Mark Best said…
Hey Mark,

Thanks for said some nice stuff about my Nashville PI/songwriter Chris Cobb before. Oh, and I already corrected Jack about Pilikia. I told him I would gladly take credit for it, if he insisted. Anyway, I'd say he's back on the Marks, so to speak.

Mark (the other one)
At 4:24am on April 27, 2007, Arlene Sachitano said…
Hi Mark,
Thanks for being my friend. . . Although I live in Oregon, I have a College Station connection. My sister-in-law and her family live there - and he is a marathoner, also. I know it's a big place but if you've crossed paths with any Bohne's, that is them.
At 2:04pm on April 5, 2007, Patti McCoy Jacob said…
Hi Mark - I'd love to read more of Rozan. Thanks for the recommendations and for saying hello.
At 5:36am on April 3, 2007, Leann Sweeney said…
Hi Mark,
good to see a familiar and kind face after I totally screwed up and annoyed a lot of people. When will I learn I DO NOT KNOW anything about public forums? Anyway, hi there! Wish we could see each other more often. Leann
At 6:59am on March 31, 2007, Mark Troy said…
Hi Debbie,
I have no idea about the next book except that my agent is working on it and she's upbeat about it.
At 7:47am on March 30, 2007, Deborah Turrell Atkinson said…
Hi Mark, It's good to hear from you! Howzit going? Looks like your short stories are getting great buzz--when's the next book coming out? Hope to see you soon,
At 9:35am on March 28, 2007, Robert Goldsborough said…
Hi, Mark,

I hope you & your wife like "Three Strikes." I had a lot of fun researching the Chicago of that era, through old newspapers and biographies or the real people ofthe era, including Dizzy Dean (traded to the Cubs at the start of the '38 season) and Helen Hayes, who was performing that year on stage in Chicago, playing Queen Victoria in "Victoria Regina."


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