The author’s early years were spent in three small but beautiful Southern Ontario communities: Paris, Huntsville and Springfield. As a teenager Mark survived (more or less) by working (more or less) as a : gravedigger, farmassist, greens-keeper, construction laborer, tree planter, bartender and recreational (read – soft) drug dealer. (Life lesson to other aspiring recreational drug dealers: try to sell more drugs than you personally consume- it’s just sound business practice.)
At the age of 20 – seeking some direction, adventure and hoping to stay out of trouble – Mark joined the Canadian Forces as a cook. Over a 33 year career, the author was promoted through the ranks to Chief Petty Officer First Class, and then Commissioned From the Ranks to serve as a Logistics Officer. Mark served proudly in seven Ships, on various multinational deployments at sea, and on peacekeeping tours in Israel and Afghanistan.
While stationed in Halifax, he met his wife Elaine. They were married in 1986 and have 2 grown sons. Credit for any semblance of sanity or logical behavior exhibited by the author since 1986 is due entirely to the influence of the authors wife and children.
Mark is currently co-owner and operator of GeckoBus: a large, green, delicious Burrito Bus. www.geckobus.com Disclaimer : “The opinions and views in this novel are those of the author alone, and do not represent Chef Inspired, Habaneros Taco Bar or GeckoBus in any way.” Come and see him if you want some amazing Mexican Fusion.
Mark and Elaine live in Dartmouth and Lake Charlotte Nova Scotia. They love to travel, so if you are planning to visit, or if he owes you money, give them a heads up.
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The Mouse Who Poked an Elephant
by Mark Piper
The Trimp administration has been in power in the US for two years, and Canadian Prime Minister Dustin Trudel is up for re-election. But there’s a new smoke show in town, and his name is Elijah. Elijah—just like Cher, Bono and Jesus—goes by one name only. He’s hip, funny, black, bisexual, trilingual and dangerously handsome…in other words, Elijah is a Canadian demographer’s wet dream.
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