Mark McGinn


Mark McGinn was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, where he lives with his family. During a lengthy career working in the court system he had the privilege of witnessing some of New Zealand's finest lawyers and judges in action. Both that experience, and the psychological assessment and observation of people that are central to his business consultancy, have enriched and driven his writing. When he's not consulting to the world at work or writing, you might find him walking or on an old exercycle that looks like a dark-age instrument of torture trying to re-balance the effects of chocolate and red wine. You can learn more about Mark's other work, his thoughts about crime and crime writing at

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Christchurch, NZ and that influenced my writing - not so much because childhood had an influence, happy though that was, but because my first full time job was as a clerk working in the courts. It was a great career path but little did I know it would result in writing about stuff I'd stored away in the dark recesses of my mind.
When did you first start writing?
I think this was in the summer of 2009 but the decision to write occurred the previous year as a result of a dinner conversation with a good friend about crime writers we enjoyed.
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Perfect Cover
Price: Free! Words: 6,030. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Missing out on a coveted promotion, Henry Peters has little to boast about and he feels his wife’s disappointment in him. One cool September morning in Christchurch, a 7.1 earthquake strikes Henry’s city, damaging his old work premises and trapping a young woman inside a basement. If he does the right thing, it’s a chance for Henry to shine. Or is it? Perfect Cover is a short story with a twist.

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