Mark retired from full time planning work in 2012. He has always enjoyed writing but had been reluctant to pursue it until recently. Now, he is pursuing writing in earnest. He has been at it for about two years. His main expression is creative non-fiction and personal essays. He joined Sacramento Suburban Writers in 2018.
He is married to Jan, and they have three grown millennial children. He and his wife both have interests in art, hiking, and kayaking. His latest passion is training as an art docent volunteer at Crocker Museum.