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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August 21, 2009


Connie Lui

Hello, I was wondering where you took this picture of this picture and if you knew the origins of this photo "new idea store".

J. Mark Bertrand

I snapped it in a restaurant somewhere in the Northeast. I don't know anything about the provenance, I'm afraid.


I found one in Uno's Pizzeria in Hagerstown, MD. I'll post back if I find one in another Uno's.

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