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 pros and cons of his adolescence !
A few years ago, now married and with children he moved to an idyllic village in Yorkshire, which is where he still resides with his wife and two boys.
His 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 and Jo Nesbo.
In September 2015, Mark published the follow up to The Decalogue, and the second in the DCI Priest series - Tick Tock, Time's Up. Keep an eye out for the third installment due for a release in late 2017.