Kenneth Mark Hoover was born in deep Louisiana sugarcane country but grew up in South Texas. Even as a little boy he never wanted to do anything else but write. He holds two degrees, one in journalism and a bachelors degree in science (physics and chemistry) education. After teaching high school science for seven years he made the decision to write full-time.
Mark has sold over 60 short stories and articles. His fiction has appeared in various print and online magazines such as Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Fantastic Stories, Strange Horizons, Challenging Destiny, Drops of Crimson, Beneath Ceaseless Skies and many others. His interviews with notable science fiction and fantasy writers can be found at Strange Horizons and his new novel Haxan was published by CZP/HarperCollins in 2014. His next Haxan novel, Quaternity, was pubilshed in 2015.
In 2005 his first science fiction novel, Fevreblau, was published by Five Star Press. The novel sold out its first print run and received several good reviews. It also helped him get noticed by a few editors and publishers. He is currently working on short stories and novels, and meets another writer twice a week at a coffee shop where they write, vent, bounce ideas off each other and discuss the publishing business.
Mark’s main passions outside writing include chess, amateur astronomy, Shotokan karate and politics. He is an unabashed Yellow Dog Democrat and an opinionated bookworm who listens to everything from Tchaikovsky to Rob Zombie. He is also a big opera fan. While he has worked as a surveyor, an educator and a salesman, his first love is, and always will be, writing.
Mark currently lives and writes in Dallas, TX.