Mark Arnold holds degrees in science, professional writing, journalism and communication. While a master’s student at the University of Missouri school of Journalism during the mid 80s, he became fascinated by literary non-fiction and began to apply the techniques of Wolfe, Capote’ and Thompson. He was selected as one of the top ten student science writers in the nation and has published non-fiction in several magazines.
He elected to study for his Ph.D. at the same university Timothy Leary attended. The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa gave him a chance to learn as much about research and the effects of communication as it taught him about the human condition.
After more than a decade teaching feature writing at the college and university level, he left to pursue writing fiction. He provides critiques once a month for a writing club, NightWriters in San Luis Obispo. Writers of the Future recognized him, twice, for novella length science fiction which gave him the confidence to begin his new novel Monster, the story a Mary Shelley’s early life (Mango press. Due out by the end of this year.)