by Mark Stevens
To me, RMMWA took the mystery out of … writing mysteries. That’s because the organization quickly put me in the company of like-minded storytellers. We all have the same questions about maggots, poisons, and blood splatter patterns. Sometimes we have issues about character arcs and the right way to deliver an unexpected punch (in the prose, of course). Sometimes they are questions about the best way to politely ask Mr. or Ms. Big Shot Writer if he or she would kindly blurb your debut novel. Other times you might want to know about the best websites to guarantee a minimum of three hours’ distraction from the business of writing. The point is that the RMMWA community is chock full of generous writers. Some are experienced veterans with battle scars. Some are freshly-scrubbed newbies still learning about the importance of putting a gun on the fireplace mantle at the beginning of your novel. Cozy nuts. Noir freaks. Whodunit masters. It doesn’t matter–we are all part of RMMWA to to help each other. The monthly meetings provide stimulating access to knowledgeable experts and, once we’re back to in-person gatherings, good wine too. The point is it’s a great group with terrific camaraderie. Plus, joining MWA and showing up for chapter meetings means you’re taking writing seriously. And you’ll never get anywhere if you don’t take it very, very seriously.
The son of two librarians, Mark Stevens was raised in Lincoln, Massachusetts. He graduated from Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School in the suburbs of Boston and from Principia College in Illinois. He worked as a reporter for The Christian Science Monitor in Boston and Los Angeles; as a City Hall reporter for The Rocky Mountain News in Denver; as a national field producer for The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour (PBS) and as an education reporter for The Denver Post.
After journalism, he worked in school public relations before starting his own public relations and strategic communications business.
Mark and his wife have two grown daughters.
Mark is past president of Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America and hosts a regular podcast, The Rocky Mountain Writer, for Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. Mark lives in Mancos, Colorado.