About Mark Fadden

As a freelance writer and author, Mark Fadden calls upon his unique experience and educational background in municipal management to craft thrillers that give readers a truly “behind-the-scenes” look at how government really works. He’s published three novels so far: Five Days in Dallas, The Brink and The Campaign.

Endorsements

 

Author Ardath Mayhar, who reviewed Five Days in Dallas for Writer’s Digest magazine, called Mark a “masterful storyteller.”

After reading The Brink, which won several awards from its publisher, bestselling author Sandra Brown called it, “A hell of a read.”

Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve had the great fortune to attend book signings, book club meetings and give lectures about my books and the writing process. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions from these events:

Q: Where do you get your ideas for your novels?

A: Beyond letting my mind wander after asking the simple question, “What if?” the inspiration for my bookscomes straight out of real life. Whether it’s a global conspiracy being weaved by an international financial cabal (see The Bilderberg Group), or asking the question, “What would happen if the presidential candidates were suddenly killed?” I get most of my story ideas from reading newspapers and this fantastic magazine called The Week, which covers news from all over the globe and tries valiantly to give multiple sides of the story while doing so. I totally agree with the old saying that sometimes truth is stranger than fiction!

Q: The recurring theme in your books is government conspiracies. Why?

A: My background is in government. I was a political science major in college, I have a Master of Public Adminstration degree and I spent time working both at the muicipal level and for a government consulting firm in Washington, D.C., so it’s in my blood. Our government bodies, at all levels, are very complex organizations that touch our lives every day whether we realize it or not. That kind of environment allows a fiction writer almost endless possibilities to concoct stories of illicit acitivites, complete with heroes and villians.

Q: How did you start writing books?

A:  My wife dared me to do it. Back when we were engaged, we were talking one day about our aspirations and dreams. I told her that I always wanted to write a novel. Without missing a beat, she said, “So why don’t you?” At the time, we were in our 20s without any kids to manage yet, just a couple ornery dogs. “You’ll never have another opportunity like this one where you have the free time to do it. Plus, if you don’t, you’ll always regret it.” That’s all it took. There’s nothing like having someone in your corner giving you their unyielding support. It truly does give you wings.

Q: Who are some of your favorite authors?

A: Since I like thrillers, I tend to stick in that genre and I also like mysteries as well. John Grisham and James Patterson are some of the biggest names in books, and for good reason. They know how to tell a story. Dennis Lehane has a grip on dialogue like no one else. It’s through his writing that I’m learning that dialogue, not action, is the real way to propel the story forward. I have come to love Sandra Brown and James Rollins, but it wasn’t because I had read them first. It was because I was lucky enough to meet them in person at writing conferences. People think of writers as these pasty beings that like staring at computer screens more than interacting with people. Sandra and James are perfect examples of how this is not the case. They both were gregarious, kind and funny – they both knew how to work a room. I liked them as people, and therefore I liked reading their books. Even in writing, it’s about making connections, and they both will have a fan for life.

Q: Have you started working on your next book? What’s it about?

A: Yes, I have started working on my next book, and no, I can’t tell you about it. I wouldn’t be a good thriller writer if I didn’t leave you in suspense!