J. Mark Bertrand


  • J. Mark Bertrand is the author of Back on Murder, Pattern of Wounds, and the forthcoming Nothing to Hide, crime novels featuring Houston homicide detective Roland March. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston and lived in the city for fifteen years. After one hurricane too many, he and his wife moved to South Dakota. Mark has been arrested for a crime he didn't commit, was the foreman of a hung jury in Houston, and after relocating served on the jury that acquitted Vinnie Jones of assault. In 1972, he won an honorable mention in a child modeling contest, but pursued writing instead.

Books by Bertrand

Historical Note

  • Write About Now is the successor to my original fiction blog called Notes on Craft. The archive there is still online and dates from March 2004 to September 2007. Feel free to explore it at your leisure.

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March 05, 2008


Bob Robinson

Thanks for this. I love that Gideon tapped into your brain!
I'm attempting to write a book, which is quite an intimidating operation! Your advice is very helpful.

I wonder if revolutionaries are not just individuals or if there may also be movements that happen, either with intentional conspiring (people bucking the "bad examples" together) or with separate moves of individuals being led by the same Spirit of God (that maybe God himself is the one who wants a revolution). When is it the "spirit of the age" and when is it the Spirit of God?

J. Mark Bertrand

Bob, I'm glad the advice is helpful, and I wish you all the best on the book. I for one would look forward to reading it.

I've posted (or rather, re-posted) a piece about my take on the Eliot quote (and one from Evelyn Waugh which I invoke in the interview without naming the source). Maybe that will be interesting.

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