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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December 13, 2008



Good quote. Thanks for sharing. I heartily agree. It's impossible to separate the artistic life from the rest of life. How does it not flow with my everyday activities, my theology (itself flowing with everyday activities), my relationships, my dreams (in every sense), etc?
Also, shouldn't our goal to be creating beautiful things, whether they're "commercial" (or genre) or literary, whether pop music or classical, whether graphic arts or a piece for a gallery?

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