Mark worked in IT for 30 years... but he's much better now.
His books are multi-stranded storylines involving larger-than-life characters, whose plans and incompetence inevitably exceed their wits. Each involves an offbeat loner called Cullen who lives off the grid in the Scottish Borders and gets accidentally drawn into someone’s schemes, only for his own (very personal) sense of right and wrong to be offended. That’s generally when things start to go wronger.
His first book, Where Seagulls Dare, involves the machinations of a Russian oligarch to take over the Scottish salmon-farming industry, an ardent eco-protestor with his own agenda, and a blonde bombshell from Hollywood looking to recharge her career via a stint in Glasgow panto.
The second, A Fistful of Collars, brings together the Church of Scotland, the fashion industry, a textile mill in the Scottish Borders, a professional footballer with addiction issues, and an IT worker who fancies a future as a famous hitman.
The third, The Good The Bad & The Rugby (due for release on October 18), has Cullen on jury service in the run-up to the Melrose Sevens Rugby tournament. A dead body, a UFO-spotter, a stolen Rugby trophy and a mangy ex-con are all connected and only Cullen can pull all the strands together and ensure justice is done.
Mark has also written a novella, available FREE on Amazon, called Dirty Barry which tells the story of how Cullen and Big Paul first met. He is currently at work on his second novella, Bronchial Billy, due for release Xmas 2018.
His stuff might be for you if:
• You like Carl Hiaasen and wonder what it would be like if he set his storylines in Scotland instead of Florida.
• You want an escapist read, not something longlisted for The Man Booker.
• You don’t want to spend more than three quid on a book.
You can find out more about him at his website markfarrer.com. If you don’t find what you want there, that’s probably because he doesn't want you to know it. So back off!
If you look really hard you might find him on facebook or twitter. But probably not.