Mark Douglas Stafford

Biography

Mark’s early years were spent building cubbyhouses, writing computer software on some of the world’s first computers and blowing up things in the garage.
After high school he began with a teaching degree and finished with a business degree. He established then sold his first business in 2005 after which he embarked on a career in senior management, running various technology companies in cutting-edge fields.
He has completed courses at the Sydney Writers’ Centre.
Mark has written six novels and a raft of short stories about talking mattresses and trees that grow money instead of leafs. Mark writes particularly for the children’s and young-adult segment but his highly imaginative and original stories are enjoyed by readers of all ages.
He won 'Highly Commended' in The Port Stephens Examiner Literature Awards 2013 for his short story 'The Interview'.
He draws inspiration from the fables of Gabriel García Márquez, Oscar Wild and Hector Hugh Munro. As an aficionado of science fiction he is especially fond of the classics, like Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Series which harks back to a time when it was still fashionable to be optimistic about the future.
He is excruciatingly happily married and lives in the hills of northern Sydney, Australia with his wife and four rambunctious children, all of whom are fierce book critics; which helps.

Where to find Mark Douglas Stafford online


Books

When the Weather Changed
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Series: This is Better than That, Book VI. Price: Free! Words: 5,250. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: September 11, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
It seemed obvious to Ash that if you wanted to know the truth about something you should ask people who actually knew, rather than people with no relevant knowledge or experience. But grownups didn't always see the obvious, even when it was staring them in the face; even when the swollen rivers flooded their banks and the heaving seas lifted all but the biggest boats and smashed them on the rocks.
Dinosaurs Eat Paris: The World Fair, Paris, 1889 (an alternate history)
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Price: Free! Words: 31,660. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: August 17, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
It’s a warm night in Paris, the day before opening day. The day before Dante’s papa, Professor Augusto Righi, Italy’s greatest experimental physicist, will unveil his creation to the world: the Finestra Temporale, a window into time. But things don’t go according to plan, not at all. And it’s up to Dante to set things straight, if he can, before it’s too late, before dinosaurs eat Paris.
The Interview
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Price: Free! Words: 2,650. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 12, 2014. Category: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Technological
(5.00 from 1 review)
‘You really want to do this?’ Tim asked his wife, Joanne. ‘I mean, what’s wrong with doing it the old fashion way so it’s more of a surprise. People have been making babies without clicking and dragging for thousands of years.’ What would you ask if you could meet your son before he was born? What would he ask you? Winner 'Highly Commended' in The Port Stephens Examiner Literature Awards 2013.
Blood Ties
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Series: On the Faith of Trees, Vol.3. Price: Free! Words: 3,060. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: June 20, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
The girl guessed who cut me and was determined to stop it happening again. She stood between me and knife boy as she had stood between her fighting friends, as a reconciler, an ambassador of peace. Her feet were as unmovable as tap roots but I knew in my timbers it would be a close thing. I didn't want to die.
Sabina Octavius and the Volcano
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Series: This is Better than That, Book V. Price: Free! Words: 6,920. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: February 22, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
'What would you take if Vesuvius erupted, what would you leave behind?' Sabina's teacher asked. It was an interesting question because it made her think about what was important. She asked the slaves of House Octavius. The answer surprised her, and the reasons why. In fact, it threatened to turn her world upside down, just like the rumbling volcano that rose above her family's villa like a wave.
The Greater Burden of Sadness
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Price: Free! Words: 3,440. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: January 2, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Among elephants, curiosity is highly prized. But curiosity is a double edged sword. Reginald knows the danger he runs by reaching out to pull the ancient artefact from the ice, but his youthful curiosity and desire to impress Marjorie make it seem like the risk is worth it. It could finally explain what happened to the humans 10,000 years ago, after the ice age began.
My Daughter the Mind Reader
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Series: This is Better than That, Book IV. Price: Free! Words: 5,740. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
I'd done my fair share of thieving, such as any honest businessman did to get along. But a bank robbery, that was a whole different level. My heart was pounding when I woke Cassandra at midnight and dressed her in black, because the plan hinged upon my little daughter's extraordinary abilities as much as it did her ignorance of what I was about to do.
The Artist
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Series: On the Faith of Trees, Vol.2. Price: Free! Words: 2,710. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: October 13, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Little Apple had a dream his pragmatic brother couldn't understand. As German bombs rained down on London and shook the Earth to its mantle, he would dare to bring something new and wonderful into the world, even though it might cost him everything.
I Smell Smoke
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Series: On the Faith of Trees, Vol.1. Price: Free! Words: 2,580. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: October 13, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Reed’s brothers are always arguing. One aspires to a life of faith, the other to a life of reason built on the bedrock of scientific truth. She tries to strike a balance but isn't at all sure. Then there’s the mysterious stranger who knows something that could change everything. Reed’s time is almost up. What will she do?
Grandmother's Ashes
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Series: This is Better than That, Book III. Price: Free! Words: 5,000. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: September 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Emma wanted her little brother’s birthday party to be so perfect that even her mum would be proud. But despite her best efforts, everything was going wrong. And soon twenty snotty-nosed four year olds and their parents would arrive. If only she had more time.
Elsie and the Money Tree
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Series: This is Better than That, Book II. Price: Free! Words: 4,080. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: September 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
Elsie was the kind of tender-hearted girl who would give away her lunch money to someone more needy before she even got to school. Her parents had never understood her and were unable to make her understand that money should never be given away and that it was their own fault that poor people were poor. As everyone knows: money doesn't grow on trees...
The Grateful Girl
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Series: This is Better than That, Book I. Price: Free! Words: 3,990. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: September 10, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Lucy’s parents never said ‘no’, not once. They never asked her to work for anything, to do any chores, to care for anything. So she had grown up ungrateful, taking everything for granted. It wasn’t that she was particularly selfish or unthinking; it was just that she didn’t know any better. Then strange things started to happen.

Mark Douglas Stafford’s tag cloud

animals    climate change    dinosaur    fable    paris    science    short story    time machine    time travel