About and contact…

On the set of ROBOT OVERLORDS at Pinewood Studios. Photo by www.mpsv.co.uk
On the set of ROBOT OVERLORDS at Pinewood Studios. Photo by http://www.mpsv.co.uk

I could have been normal, I wanted to be a fire fighter, but it all changed when dad took me to see STAR WARS when I was five. When the Star Destroyer came rumbling over the screen I knew I wanted to be that… whatever that is! That thing up there, I want to be there please… and I’ve been trying ever since. It basically ruined my life.

I was an actor and ran my own theatre company for a while, but then I found myself with a venue booked and no play, so I wrote my first play UNUSUALLY TALL BOY based on all the horrific camping holidays I’d been on as a kid, and it did better than any play we’d staged before; great audiences and reviews and we even made a few quid.

After this a friend of mine took me to one side and explained that anyone can be an actor (not entirely true, I know) but that the industry was desperate for good writers. I’d always loved writing, but had been put off in my teens by an English teacher who asked me ‘Why do you keep writing this American rubbish?’ This was after I turned in a creative writing homework assignment about attack helicopters freeing a criminal from a prison (I know – awesome, right?!). I had also been put off by the school’s writing group, which was entirely populated by navel-gazing Adrian Mole types whose collective works had no explosions whatsoever.


Not one.

I love writing. Scripts, stories, novels, angry emails to my MP. Plus, I’m now too old to be a fire fighter, so I guess I’m stuck with it.

Here’s the bit from the CV…

Mark is currently working on his debut fantasy  novel, and has a number of script projects in development, including TRUE STORY with NATIVITY producer Nick Jones, and THE BLACK SPITFIRE. He is also co-founder of The Bestseller Experiment podcast, where he and fellow writer Mark Desvaux pledge to write a bestselling self-published novel in a year!

Mark co-wrote ROBOT OVERLORDS with director Jon Wright for Piers Tempest’s Tempo Productions. This was selected for the 58th BFI London Film Festival, and is available now on DVD/VOD/Blu-Ray.

RO Poster

He also wrote the novelisation of ROBOT OVERLORDS, which is published by Gollancz and is available now.


Me at Pinewood during the shoot for Robot Overlords
Me at Pinewood during the shoot for Robot Overlords – Photo by Motion Picture SV http://www.mpsv.co.uk

Mark’s first film script EDDIE’S DEAD was selected for the inaugural Film London Microwave production scheme and subsequent commissions included TRUE STORY for producer Nick Jones and director Jon Wright.

Mark is also currently the Online Key Accounts Manager at the Orion Publishing Group, and has worked on projects with bestselling authors such as Michael Palin, Joe Hill and Joe Abercrombie. He also works closely with the prestigious Gollancz Science Fiction and Fantasy publishing team.

And Mark was selected to join the prestigious Vipers Nest – a creative collective for commercially orientated emerging filmmakers.

Mark is also co-presenter of The Bestseller Experiment podcast, where he and Mark Desvaux have challenged themselves to write, edit, publish and market a bestselling eBook in just a year.

For screenwriting queries, contact Danny Sherman and Josh Kesselman at Thruline Entertainment.

For novels, Mark is represented by Ed Wilson at Johnson & Alcock.

Twitter: @markstay

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