Mark Pettinger was born in a maternity ward attached to RAF Manston in Kent. His father was in the Royal Air Force, and for the first few years of his life, he lived on a number of RAF bases on the east coast of the UK with his parents and sister.
Returning to his father’s local area; he settled in a small village in Derbyshire...and the next twenty or so years we’ll probably skip as I’m sure you have little interest in reading about the ups and downs of his adolescence!
A few years ago, now married and with children he moved to an idyllic village in East Yorkshire, which is where he still resides with his wife and two boys.
Fitting his writing around his 'day job'; Mark's writing pattern is somewhat sporadic, and he writes when he can, which currently is in hotel rooms / foyer, or in an airport lounge trying to keep one eye on the departure board to ensure he doesn’t miss his flight!
Mark's interest in the murky world of crime started a number of years ago when he was attracted to reading true crime. He became fascinated with the exploits of the Yorkshire Ripper, Dennis Nilsen, John Wayne Gacy, Andrei Chikatilo etc. An avid reader of many genre's, but his attention turned to favouring crime fiction; and his reading list includes Ian Rankin, Mark Billingham, Val McDermid, Lynda La Plante, Sharon Bolton, Jo Nesbo, and latterly CJ Tudor (for someting just that little bit special).
Mark has openly credited Ian Rankin as the primary inspiration for not only stiring his interest in reading crime fiction, but also 'picking up the pen'.
Mark has published two hugely successful crime fiction novels: The Decalogue in 2012, and Tick Tock, Time's Up in 2015. Long overdue, critics have noted, Mark published the third installment in the DCI Priest series Paper Soldiers in March 2020.
Next on his list is a standalone crime thriller, due for publication in summer 2021.