Mark Phillips


Mark Phillips was born in Southfield, Michigan. He fell in love with the written word at an early age, devouring the Hardy Boys mysteries. After graduating to adult books, Mark's influences were: Stephen King, John Steinbeck, Kurt Vonnegut and Elmore Leonard.
Mark is the author of Beneath the Mask of Sanity and the sequel Beyond the Mask.
He lives in Livonia, Michigan with his wife and their three children.

Smashwords Interview

What are your five favorite books, and why?
Tough question right off the bat. I guess I would have to say:
1. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
2. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
3. The Dark Tower VII by Stephen King
4. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

All of these books contain tragedies on a large scale. Yet, each of these books contain a message of hope. They show us the darker side of the world (a world that is so often cruel to so many people) and yet they exemplify the better part of human nature. A willingness to sacrifice to make the world a better place.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read across all genres. It's mostly fiction, although there are some non-fiction books (mostly history and physics) that I do enjoy. Stephen King is still my favorite author and I read everything he publishes. I enjoy thrillers, sci-fi, horror, literary. Pretty much anything that has a good story.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Mark Phillips online

Twitter: @phillipswriting
Facebook: Facebook profile


The Space Between
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 88,220. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Biographical
Jack Carver's first memory is as a four-year-old boy in 1937. That was when he saw his father die. Because of his early trials in life, Jack grows up to be a jaded and bitter man. Throughout the course of his life Jack ruins relationships, struggles with substance abuse, loses his children, breaks promises and, finally, finds salvation.
No Credit in Heaven
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 80,820. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
John Ballard is dead. That's bad enough, but what's worse is that he neglected to bring any of his possessions with him into the afterlife. It turns out the Egyptians were right and you need to take your stuff with you. John is forced to live like a bum in Heaven until he discovers a way he might be able to return to Earth to get the things that he needs to live an afterlife of comfort.
Before the Mask
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,390. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Before Bentley Grimes was a vicious killer, he was just a normal high school student. Well...not exactly normal. When a new student named Monica meets Bentley she is instantly drawn to him. Does Bentley feel the same way? What could this mean for his murderous plans? Can anyone survive what he wishes to become?
A Way Back to Life
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 90,720. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays, Fiction » Historical » USA
After the death of his wife, Edwin Goodeve withdraws from life. Facebook and the internet fill his day until he realizes that he knows more about his Facebook "friends" than he does his own neighbors. Pressured by his editor, Edwin decides to write about five neighbors and learn about their lives. As he does, he begins to reconnect to humanity and find his own way back to life.
Two Worlds
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,260. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Bill Conners is suffering from the new American dream. His job has been shipped overseas and he finds himself overqualified for the menial, minimum-wage jobs that are available. Davis Jefferson is part of the one-percent. Rich, successful and the man who put Bill out of job. When both men fall gravely ill, Davis makes Bill an unbelievable proposition and Bill has a difficult decision.
Typewriter Blood
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,410. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
A mysterious Bloodwell, a haunted computer program, a strange Feast and a mind-bending Paradox. All these stories and more are contained within. Let Mark Phillips take you down the roads not traveled and show you the shapes beneath the sheets.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,080. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(5.00 from 1 review)
A peaceful afternoon is shattered when a gunman takes over a college classroom. The students are terrified and the police lock down the campus. Captain Taylor wants to know the gunman's demands. He doesn't have any, but he does offer a wild tale to explain his actions. Is he insane, or is he telling the truth?
Beneath the Mask of Sanity
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,140. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Told from the point of view of sadistic murderer, Bentley Grimes, Beneath the Mask of Sanity is an intense psychological thriller about a serial killer's quest to understand himself.
Beyond the Mask
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,750. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Bentley Grimes is once again a free man and the killings have begun again. Sheriff Frank Miles knows that Bentley can't be guilty, however, they were together during the first murder. But can Frank really partner with Bentley to catch the killer?

Mark Phillips' tag cloud

11th of september    911 attacks    abortion    abortion and guilt feelings    abortion clinic    afterlife    afterlife adventure    afterlife death love    bentley    bipolar    business    cancer    death    death and bereavement    decisions    decisions can be crucial    detroit    detroit connection    detroit fiction    economic class    excellent    exciting    facebook    facebook addiction    family    family relationships    free    free adult book    free adult ebook    free adult reads    future    future adventure    great action    health    holocaust    holocaust jews    holocaust novels    holocaust survivor    homosexual    homosexual male    homosexual marriage    horror    horror about ghosts    internet    internet addiction    internet age    killer    life    lottery    mark phillips    michigan author    michigan fiction    murder    politics    politics america    politics and faith    poor    prequel    prequel book    r    rape    rape and its aftermath    religion    rich    rich against poor    rich americans    rich and poor    rich and powerful    rich and wealthy    rights    rights of passage    rights of women    schizophrenia    serial killer    serialkiller    series    short adult fiction    short adult stories    short and sweet    short stories    short story fiction    sociopathic killer    thrill killer    thriller    time    timetravel    timetraveller    transplant    transplant list    transplant murder    transplant surgery    transplant survivor