Joseph Mark Brewer was born in Hamilton, Ohio, in 1957. After studying music he enlisted in the navy as a journalist and served in the US, Europe, and Asia. He completed his degree in journalism at the University of Kansas and worked at publications in in the U.S. and overseas. He started writing fiction in his twenties, and has written for several short story anthologies. He is the author of the Shig Sato Mystery series and a collection of short stories, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, some of which are autobiographical.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. I believe in the power of a good story. If my fans like my stories, that's heaven to me.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors range from Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie to Raymond Chandler to Ken Follett and Nelson DeMille. And I enjoy reading John Irving, Anne Tyler and Anne Lamott.
A daughter keeps a special secret.
A man is reminded of the meaning of Christmas on a Chicago 'El' train.
A grandmother has just one wish.
A father hatches a plan for his son's perfect Christmas portrait.
This collection of short stories celebrates the spirit of Christmas and how it can touch a person's life when they least expect it.
A brutal murder forces Inspector Shig Sato to confront the secret he's kept his entire career - his ties to the Fujimori crime syndicate. Will his debt to yakuza boss prevent him from bring a killer to justice?