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Mark Hummerstone was born in East London, England in August 1958. He was raised in Essex until his parents decided to emigrate to Australia when he was aged 14. Whilst a child in England he developed a love if poetry thanks to a fabulous English teacher, indulged in his love of aircraft by joining the Air Training Corps and evolved his sense of humour from early Monty Python shows. In Australia in his late teens he finally fulfilled his desire to fly by gaining a private pilot’s license and learning to skydive.
After leaving school Mark moved from Brisbane to Mt Isa to work in the mines before changing careers to become a firefighter. He also went on to become a skydiving instructor and after returning to Brisbane in the early 1990s eventually went on to gain a chief instructor rating in that sport. Since his teens he’s been an avid reader of all things ‘World War 1’ and could be considered an amateur historian on the subject. He has also maintained a keen interest in and knowledge of trains, planes, ships, firearms and computer technology.
Historic references are as correct as possible within the context of telling a fictional story, there is great detail providing thorough explanation and clearly expressed time travel ‘rules’.
Mark has a tremendous imagination and diligently set about learning the writing skills necessary to put the story to paper with the kind of result you’d expect from a natural talent, as stated by Manuscripts Online appraiser, “This author can write, of that there is no doubt.”
Mark has had various articles published in independent news-sheets and his entertaining thesis on the ‘History of Parachuting’ was accepted unanimously by the Australian Parachute Federation.