Growing up in England gave Sadler a different perspective on life in America, but he assimilated quickly. He attended college in Big Sandy, TX, as a journalism major, in 1975 and then spent eighteen years in Oklahoma City writing for the OKC Sports Fan Forum, and then occasionally free-lancing articles for newspapers in Oklahoma and Arizona.
Sadler fed his yen to be a writer while working primarily in the debt-collection field. After a divorce he ended up on a mind-clearing hike on the Appalachian Trail which spawned the idea for “Blood on His Hands”, a novel that follows an Oklahoma rough-neck on a wild chase leading to a face-off on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia.
Sadler now resides in Tucson, AZ where he is currently working on a series of police thrillers featuring his new character, Nate Duarte, a detective in the Sex Crimes Division of the Tucson Police Department.
Interview with Mark Sadler:
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small village in England to a family that had hundreds of books. I read grades above my age and always knew that at some time would write my own. Having few children in the village to play with I was left to my own imagination and I read constantly. even after lights-out with a flashlight under the bedcovers.
When did you first start writing?
In English grade school you write essays - not 3-4 paragraphs but several pages. It was probably the 'What I Did During Summer Holiday' type of stories but I do recall one essay that I believe my mother still has describing a train journey from our little village to the nearest city as I described the changing scenery from the window. Even I recognized as I read it that this was something special. I used the same technique in 'Blood on His Hands' during the bus ride from Las Vegas to Atlanta.
What's the story behind your latest book?
When I last divorced I went on a head clearing trip and found myself humping a 60 lb pack over the Appalachian Trail. The experience was one that bought healing and closure to a traumatic experience that I wanted to write about it. Unfortunately everyone who has walked on the AT seems to have written a book, journal, blog or essay etc. so to avoid getting my journey lost in all the true life stories I created a character who had a reason to flee - such as killing his wife - and then built this story of a chase to the death on the AT
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Impatience made me self-publish. I quickly realized it was going to take longer to find an agent than the three years it took to write the novel so I self-published and moved on. I used a Print on Demand publisher, Infinity and had a wonderful experience with them. Luckily Suspense Publishing liked my novel and agreed to publish the e-book version as well.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The research that goes into creating the characters I invent.
What are you working on next?
The next novel will be 'Kettle of Vultures'
"Nate Duarte’s life would make even Lucifer gasp in surprise. Orphaned when he was only eight years of age, Nate had to deal with the darkest of nightmares. Losing his beloved mother to a Mexican bandito, Nate learned that it was the same violent criminal who’d taken his father’s life the day after his parents had conceived him.
Becoming a police officer to bring his parent’s murderer to justice, readers are introduced to Nate years later, as he toils mercilessly to make things right.
At 31-years-old, Nate works as a Detective in Tucson, trying his best to be the hero within the sex crimes division. Dealing daily with some of the most horrendous vultures and criminals known to mankind, Nate also keeps a running journal of the man, now head of the Sonoran Cartel, who filled his life with misery so long ago.
Meeting up with a fierce opponent, Nate must do battle with an innovative psychopath who has made himself a disciple of the vicious creature once known as the, ‘New Mexico Toy Box Killer.’ However, the disciple wants to expand his gory realm and leave his mentor far behind by being the worst soul humanity has ever seen.
As time runs out, women are found victims of sexual homicide and, Nate must find a way to stop the brutality. When the news comes to light that one of the missing women may just be Nate’s half-sister, he leads the charge to destroy the evil once and for all.
Heroism and courage meet up with psychotic illusions and a bevy of pain in a battle to survive."
Who are your favorite authors?
Paul Cleave, Jim Crace, Jo Nesbo as far as current writers however my favorite's from the past include D H Lawrence, George Orwell, H Rider Haggard, John Buchan, Graham Greene, Robert Graves, John Wyndham and Alistair MacLean
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Unfortunately I am not yet writing for a living and so have to work a regular eight hour day job still in order to pay the rent - I enjoy hiking, travelling and watching Everton FC play football
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Most from recommendations from friends however I am a reviewer for Suspense Magazine and a Vine reviewer for Amazon and so am fortunate to be provided with books to review - many of which are downloaded to my Kindle.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
D H Lawrence's Sons and Lovers. I love the intricate way he develops and shows the family relationship.
Nevil Shute's A Town Like Alice. Another relationship strong novel but one that builds great hope in humanity
Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped. As a boy I wished I could escape from my family and this was a great swashbuckling adventure
H. Rider Haggard's King Solomon's Mines. Appealed to my sense of adventure, a sense I continue to address whenever possible - often now through the written word.
Alistair MacLean's HMS Ulysses is another relationship driven story but this time showing how men became friends on board a battleship in time of war.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a basic Kindle. It was given to me and I will probably update it as some point but I like that it doesn't have internet access, all I can do is read on it. No outside distractions or warnings that I have e-mail - almost as good as a regular book however I find it hard to navigate around in it sometimes as I am a bit of a neophyte with electronics.
Where to find Mark Sadler online
Where to buy in print
Blood on his Hands
Michael Renton’s life seemed to end the moment he pulled the trigger sending his unfaithful wife and her lover into oblivion. On the lam, his journey takes him across the country. He had not anticipated the tenacity of PI Ian Walker, who tracks him down to the Appalachian Trail. Nine months later, when human remains are discovered will the coroner’s office might the right decision?