An Updated Author Biography

From time to time, I think it’s good for an author to update his or her biography. I just re-wrote the one that is posted on Amazon’s Author Central. I’d appreciate any feedback, especially if you think something should be corrected. Thanks a lot! Mark is a proud Western PA native but has lived most of the last twenty years in Vietnam and Malaysia. His experiences in Asia have redefined everything including his palate, his outlook on life, and naturally his writing. You can find him most days cruising around Penang Island, eating the local delicacies and taking in the sun and exotic breezes as he looks for interesting places to write. He has authored four novels with number five and six already somewhere on the horizon.  His interests cast a wide net – from politics to literature – to culture and language – to history and religion – making his writing infused with the unexpected as he seeks to tell authentic and engaging stories about people from all walks of life. His writing is straightforward and accessible to all, especially those who enjoy writing injected with doses of Asian culture, history, adventure, and delightful humor. You never know what you might get when you pick up a Sasse novel. Besides novel-writing, Sasse is a prolific dramatist, having written and produced more than a dozen full-length dramatic productions. He especially is fond of the short play format and has twice won the Best Script award at the Short & Sweet Theatre Festival Penang. His plays and short musicals have also been produced in Kuala Lumpur and Sydney, Australia. Performances of his scripts also won Gold and Bronze medals at the Southeast Asian Forensics Competition 2014. His professional background is as diverse as his writing. He holds Master’s degrees from California State University Dominquez Hills and Azusa Pacific University in Humanities and TESOL respectively. His undergraduate degree was in English, which helped him develop his passion for creative writing.  He has extensive experience in teaching English, history, and drama. On top of all of this, he loves to cook everything from gourmet pizzas, to Mexican, to various Asian dishes. Flavor is the key of both his cooking and his writing. He very much hopes you enjoy the taste. Published Novels and Short Stories of Mark W. Sasse 2015 A Love Story for a Nation (coming in July) – Kindle & Paperback 2014 If Love is a Crime: A Christmas Story – Kindle only 2014 The Reach of the Banyan Tree – Kindle & Paperback 2013 The Recluse Storyteller – Kindle & Paperback 2012 Beauty Rising – Kindle & Paperback