Mark W Sasse

Biography

Mark is a proud Western PA native but has lived most of the last twenty years in Vietnam and Malaysia. His experiences in Asia have redefined everything including his palate, his outlook on life, and naturally his writing. You can find him most days cruising around Penang Island, eating the local delicacies and taking in the sun and exotic breezes as he looks for interesting places to write.

He has authored four novels with number five and six already somewhere on the horizon. His interests cast a wide net - from politics to literature - to culture and language - to history and religion - making his writing infused with the unexpected as he seeks to tell authentic and engaging stories about people from all walks of life. His writing is straightforward and accessible to all, especially those who enjoy writing injected with doses of Asian culture, history, adventure, and delightful humor. You never know what you might get when you pick up a Sasse novel.

Besides novel-writing, Sasse is a prolific dramatist, having written and produced more than a dozen full-length dramatic productions. He especially is fond of the short play format and has won the Best Script award three consecutive years at the Short & Sweet Theatre Festival Penang. His play, "Words to Say at the End of the World" won five awards this year including Best Overall Performance and Best Director. His plays and short musicals have also been produced in Kuala Lumpur and Sydney, Australia. Performances of his scripts also won Gold and Bronze medals at the Southeast Asian Forensics Competition 2014.

His professional background is as diverse as his writing. He holds Master's degrees from California State University Dominquez Hills and Azusa Pacific University in Humanities and TESOL respectively. His undergraduate degree was in English, which helped him develop his passion for creative writing. He has extensive experience in teaching English, history, and drama.

On top of all of this, he loves to cook everything from gourmet pizzas, to Mexican, to various Asian dishes. Flavor is the key of both his cooking and his writing. He very much hopes you enjoy the taste.

Published Novels and Short Stories of Mark W. Sasse
2016 Which Half David (release date TBD)
2015 A Love Story for a Nation - Kindle & Paperback
2014 If Love is a Crime: A Christmas Story - Kindle only
2014 The Reach of the Banyan Tree - Kindle & Paperback
2013 The Recluse Storyteller - e-Book & Paperback
2012 Beauty Rising - e-Book & Paperback

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Butler County, Pennsylvania - just north of Pittsburgh. That's still "home" in my mind, even though I've lived in Southeast Asia for most of the last twenty years. If you read my first novel "Beauty Rising", you'll immediately know how much Western PA remains in my blood. Half of the novel is set there while the other half is in Vietnam.
When did you first start writing?
I've always wanted to be a writer, and I've written various things over the years, but it was just within the past few years that my writing career has blossomed. It was drama writing that put the writing bug back into me. Once I had written several full-length plays, I wanted to try a novel. I wrote Beauty Rising. But I was afraid it was a fluke so I told myself that I won't publish it until I wrote another one. I wrote The Recluse Storyteller in just a couple of months. I've since written my third novel, The Reach of the Banyan Tree - set to release in 2014 - and I've started my fourth and mapped out my fifth. I love it! I just need time.
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Books

Beauty Rising
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 62,270. Language: American English. Published: February 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Martin Kinney's dying, abusive father asks him to bury his ashes in Vietnam, where he served in the war. As Martin travels to Vietnam, he discovers he buries his father's ashes in the wrong place. He then has his wallet stolen by a young Vietnamese woman, who uses Martin's driver's license to save her life. Two lives, twelve-thousand miles apart are now connected in very unlikely ways.
The Recluse Storyteller
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 57,160. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
The Recluse Storyteller weaves five stories into one as the loner Margaret not only searches for meaning from her reclusive life, but also gives meaning in the most unexpected ways to the troubled souls of her apartment complex. Part adventure, part tragedy, and part discovery, The Recluse Storyteller bridges genres, bringing hope and redemption to the broken relationships of modern society.

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