MARK DAVID ALBERTSON
Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Born in the “Atomic City,” Los Alamos, New Mexico, once the secret site of the Manhattan project, Mark loved and spent most of his time in the outdoors. Mark joined the navy right after high school at the end of the Vietnam conflict and became a radioman on a destroyer escort. He left the navy with a dream of someday writing a novel incorporating the adventures of a young sailor, and in 2021 made that happen.
Mark spent over thirty years as an attorney, both as a prosecuting attorney and in private practice.
Since his navy days, Mark was always a writer. During his time practicing law, he published books and law journal articles both nationally and internationally, but he always longed to write novels. Mark had left the navy with colorful memories of travel to many countries and of the challenges serving at the end of Vietnam and during the cold war.
In 2017, Mark left the practice of law to write his first novel, the acclaimed thriller, “Steaming: A Sea Story”. In 2021, he published the second book of his Sea story series entitled, “Spying: A Sea Story,” and the third novel in the series, “Stalking: A Sea Story” in 2022.
Mark is married to fellow writer KE Meuir and lives in the Hill Country of Texas where they care for their horses, chickens, dogs and other furry critters.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book, which was just published, is \”Stalking: A Sea Story,\” and was the final book in the Sea Story series.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Maintaining a ranch in Texas keeps me pretty busy. I usually do my ranch chores in the morning, then write most of the afternoon.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Carl Hiaasen, Tony Hillerman and Chris Moore are my biggest influences
What are you working on now?
I\’m about half way through my next novel, entitled \”Jemez.\” It brings Matt Bertram back to Northern New Mexico where he joins the Sandoval County Sheriff\’s Office as a deputy. Crime is different in the mountains near Jemez Springs, but things get intense as he goes on the path to track down native artifact thieves.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Probably Amazon ads have worked the best for me. I use twitter and Facebook, a little Instagram, but nothing seems to boost sales like spending money on ads!
Which Websites you like most to promote your book
Bookbub, Goodreads, Amazon
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write! Nothing makes you a better writer than writing. And don\’t give up. Keep at it and you\’ll succeed.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
What are you reading now?
What are you reading now?
The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove by Christopher Moore
What’s next for you as a writer?
I\’ve just completed the audiobook for Steaming: A Sea Story, and am looking forward to seeing it on the shelves
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Ulysses by James Joyce as I\’ve never managed to make it through the entire thing; The Bible (I know, everybody says that); and a book about how to escape from a desert island!