Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mark Falkin graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and then the University of Oklahoma College of Law. He has lived in Texas for the last twenty years, where he is a literary agent and recovering music attorney, having represented platinum sellers and Grammy winners alike. He used to be in a band that rocked and rolled.
His 2006 self-published novel, Days of Grace, was optioned for film and shortlisted for a literary award in self-publishing, 'The Needle' at POD-dy Mouth blog, where the reviewer said, “This is literature at its best . . . Falkin could easily be likened to the aforementioned Lethem or to Augusten Burroughs or even J.D. Salinger.” Bookpeople in Austin noted, “Here’s more proof that Austin is home to some of the best new writers around . . . Falkin’s novel is reminiscent of the writing style found in Lethem, Sedaris, Coupland, and Kerouac, with his sharp wit and journalistic style.”
Following Contract City comes The Late Bloomer, an apocalyptic horror in the form of an audio transcript made by a young man at the end of his world. It involves no virus, zombie, alien, asteroid, or nuclear winter and publishes from Rare Bird Books/California Coldblood (PGW) Halloween '18.
Working on his next project, he lives with his wife and family in Austin, where he reads, coaches recreational soccer, tries to find time to paddle Texas waters, and keeps a sharp eye on his daughters, snatching hugs here and there.
Whiting, Shirley Jackson, Alex, Morris, Edgar, PEN/Bingham, PEN/Hemingway, LA Times, Sherwood Anderson,
Anisfield-Wolf, Sue Kaufman, Flaherty-Dunnan, and Oklahoma Book awards