Mark W Sasse currently resides in Malaysia. He spent 10 years living in Vietnam, so Asia always seems to play a part of his writing.
He was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania and remains to this day a hard-core Pirates fan.
He is passionate about live theater and has written more than a half-dozen full-length plays and productions for the stage.
He published his first novel, Beauty Rising, in 2012.
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.