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was born in 1972 in Helsinki, Finland. He grew up in Martinlaakso, a suburb of Vantaa, known as the childhood residence of famous Formula One drivers Mika Häkkinen, Mika Salo and Kimi Räikkönen.
He went to high school for a year in Auburn, New York when he was 17. After his military service in Finland he studied European Business Administration in Finland and Holland, later Communications and Finnish Literature achieving Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Turku, Finland.
He has worked extensively as Editor and Editor-in-chief in local newspapers, as TV Script Writer for Finnish versions of game show Weakest Link and the Finnish modified version from shows Never Mind the Buzzcocks and They Think It's All Over as well as writing TV sketch comedy.
After moving to Ireland in 2006, Markus has worked as a flying foreign correspondent having reported to newspapers and magazines from nearly 40 countries around Europe and elsewhere.
Markus, a film, book, music and general knowledge enthusiast, lives in Malahide, County Dublin, Ireland with his son.
His first crime novel Meduusa (Medusa) was awarded with third prize in Kouvola Crime Literature Festival 10th anniversary novel contest in 2006. The second crime-themed novel Palava sydän (Burning Heart) was published in 2008. Short story collection My Hometown Named Love was published as an e-book in English in March 2012 and in Finnish as Kotipaikkani on rakkaus in October the same year. The updated new versions of Meduusa and Palava sydän were published as e-books in Finnish the same year.
Markus widened his literary career by publishing a story collection for children Karkaileva bussi ja kaiken maailman ihmeelliset vempeleet (Runaway Bus and All Other Marvelous Contraptions) as an e-book and the story collection for children and adults, Haikarasaaren vauvasatama ja muita tarinoita (Heron Island Baby Harbour and other stories) both in November 2012.
In October, November and December 2012, Meduusa reached continuously the #1 spot in iTunes Finland e-book top100 chart beating the e-versions of all three volumes of Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James, The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling, Steve Jobs, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Arnold Schwarzenegger biographies, No Easy Day by Mark Owen as well as The Holy Bible among others.
Meduusa and Palava sydän have both reached the #1 spot in iTunes Finland Mysteries and Thrillers top10 chart often holding #1 and #2 spots at the same time together.
Meduusa was also chosen to Apple iBookstore Best of 2012 Top Fiction category in December 2012. It is one of the most sold e-books ever in Apple iTunes Finland.
In March 2013, Karkaileva bussi ja kaiken maailman ihmeelliset vempeleet reached #1 in iTunes Finland Children's literature chart.