Hawaiian Noir

Murder Calls

Aloha, Y’all!

I am a native of St. Louis, Missouri and a lifelong Cardinals fan. I earned a Bachelor’s degree from Quincy College (now Quincy University) in  Illinois, majoring in Psychology. It was there that I met Mary Fran to whom I have been married for forty-seven years. After QC, I studied Psychophysiology at Washington University in St. Louis before going to Thailand as a Peace Corps Volunteer. We returned to the U.S. and settled in Honolulu where I studied Cognitive Psychology at the University of Hawaii, earning a Ph.D, in 1983. We bought a home in Kailua, on the windward side of Oahu where we reared our two boys and I worked at Kamehameha Schools in their educational research unit, KEEP. In 1987, we left Hawaii for Texas where I had a job at Texas A&M University. I retired from A&M in February, 2017.

I an the author of Pilikia Is My Business, a private eye novel published in 2001 and republished in 2010. Pilikia was nominated for a Shamus Award by the Private Eye Writers of America for Best 1st P.I. Novel. Game Face, a collection of short stories featuring P.I. Val Lyon, was published in 2011. The Rules, the first story in the Ava Rome series, was published as an ebook and audiobook in 2013 followed by The Splintered Paddle, a novel in 2014.

I am a past president of the Brazos Writers in College Station/Bryan, an active member of The Private Eye Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and the International Thriller Writers.

4 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Cindy Dutschke says:

    Hi Mark…I had no idea you wrote mysteries….I really have enjoyed them.

    1. iliumbooks says:

      Hi Cindy,

      Happy to hear from you and I’m glad you enjoy them. I hope everything is going well with you.


  2. Gay Yellen says:

    Great to share a table with you at Meet the Author Day. My husband took a great photo of you I’d like to email. Also, I wrote a note to myself about an online writers group you mentioned, but the note got wet and now it reads something close to Doubtful Listeners (mysteries). I know that can’t be right. Would you email the correct name of the group to gayyellen@gayyellen.com and I’ll reply with your photo? Thanks!

  3. Paul Brandon says:

    Hey Mark— I just came across your blog page. It’s clear your having a grand Hawai’i trip.

    You might check out oahupictures.org for a collection of aerial interactive panoramas and coastline videos that I posted before leaving the islands for good in 2019. You’ll find views that you’ve likely never seen.

    My congratulations re your impressive library of mysteries. All the best to you and Mary Fran— Paul Brandon

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