Mark Dawson was born in Lowestoft, in the UK. He has worked as a DJ, a door-to-door ice cream seller, factory hand and club promoter. He eventually trained as a lawyer and worked for ten years in the City of London and Soho, firstly pursuing money launderers around the world and then acting for celebrities suing newspapers for libel. He currently works in the London film industry.
He is presently writing two series.
The John Milton books involve a disgruntled British assassin who is trying - without much success - to put his past behind him. In order to atone for the blood on his hands he has decided to help those in need. The first full length novel in the series, The Cleaner, sees Milton struggle to adapt to life amongst the gangs of East London during the riots of the summer of 2012. The Cleaner, and the other books in the series, have all been best-sellers in their categories at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
The Soho Noir books, beginning with The Black Mile and continuing with The Imposter, follow the glitz and glamour of criminal life in London's West End from the 1940s to the present day. The Imposter picks up the nefarious goings on of the Costello crime family and a protagonist who is rather more than meets the eye. Think of The Sopranos set in Soho and you'll be on the right track. This series, too, has been downloaded tens of thousands of times.
Mark lives in Wiltshire with his wife and two young children, plus a dog and two cats.
Read Mark's regularly updated blog for news on new releases, competitions, offers and appearances.
Fifteen years ago, my first book – The Art of Falling Apart – was published by a major UK imprint. It, and my second book, Subpoena Colada, sank without trace.
Hardly any sales. No reviews. The only contact I had with readers was when a friend handed me a copy of Subpoena Colada that she had bought in a charity shop, and a note slipped out on which the reader had noted all the legal points that I had got wrong. Not quite what I had in mind. I’d always had the dream that one day I would see a commuter with one of my books open on his or her lap while I took the train into work (this would be just before I quite working to write full time, of course). That didn’t happen, either.
I have been discussing my recent survey where I sent out twelve questions to all 10,000 people on my mailing list. At the time of writing, I have 1,650 people answering the questions that I posed, producing a not insubstantial sample from which we can draw some interesting conclusions.
Before I get into the nitty gritty, one of my recent posts on the survey was picked up by the Sell More Books Show. One of the hosts, Jim Kukral, said he would be interested to know how successfully I deploy my mailing list when I have something to sell.
The answer is that is a crucial - THE crucial - part of my business. It's my most valable asset.
Byte the Book is an organisation based in London that aims to bring writers and publishing people together in an environment where they can network and discuss the fundamental changes that are reshaping the book industry.
Amazon UK were approached to speak at the latest event on Tuesday, and they asked me if I would go along to discuss the things that I've achieved over the course of the last eighteen months. I was interviewed by the head of KDP UK, and, after a very pleasant meal and a couple of beers, we launched right into it.
It was a well attended event. The room at London's (splendidly louche) Groucho Club was full and people were being turned away.