For Mark Rogers, travel and writing are linked. His travel journalism regularly appears in USA Today, as well as other media outlets. Over the years, his travel assignments have taken him to 54 countries. He’s bungee-jumped in Africa, zip-lined in Jamaica, swam with stingrays in Grand Cayman and experienced a traditional Mayan sweat lodge (a temezcal) in Mexico’s Riviera Maya. When traveling, Mark glides along two parallel tracks: one track is researching the story; the other is gathering striking moments and odd bits of information that spark an idea for a novel or screenplay.

In 2005, Rogers won back-to-back awards for his writing: the CTO Worldwide Travel Writer/Photographer Award for Best Feature Article in a Trade Publication, for his cover story on St. Lucia in Travel Agent magazine; and the Marcia Vickery Wallace Memorial Award for Travel Journalism, which is given to only one writer each year, presented by the Jamaica Tourist Board for his Hurricane Ivan coverage. In 2013 Mazatlan, Mexico awarded Mark the Golden Deer as travel writer of the year.

Mark has authored crime novel, Koreatown Blues (Brash Books, Feb 2017), mystery Red Thread (Endeavour Press), an 80s-noir novella, Night within Night (Endeavor Press), a co-written middle grade novel, Rex (Common Deer); and thriller, Basement, (Tapas Media, for iOS and Android devices).

Mark currently spends most of his time in Rosarito, Mexico, with his Sinaloa-born wife, Sophy, where they’re building a rock house overlooking the sea. Managing the change from the U.S. to south of the border has supplied Mark with material for his recent novel, TJ 99 and his memoir in progress: Pissing on my Pistols.