A BELLSHILL man who left school with no qualifications to his name has released his fourth novel - through his own publishing company.
Mark Wilson grew up in the town and had a succession of jobs before returning to full time education.
And while now by day he is a biology teacher in Fife, by night - and in any other snippets of free time he can garner as a busy dad of two - he is engrossed in creating new characters and dreaming up plots.
His latest effort, ‘dEaDINBURGH’, has certainly exercised his imagination.
One for young adult readers, the book is set in a quarantined capital as a mutated plague grips the city.
Mark said: “So far I’ve written a coming of age novel, a superhero thriller, a psychological thriller featuring a Bellshill serial-killer and now a horror novel.
“I don’t like being tied to one type of story so I write what feels right, rather than follow a formula to appeal to a certain market.
“With dEaDINBURGH, I’ve stepped outside Lanarkshire with my main characters for the first time, which feels a bit odd, but Edinburgh has proved a brilliantly atmospheric city to set the book in.”
Mark’s county connections extend to Paddy’s Daddy Publishing too, which currently represents two Motherwell writers in Des McAnulty and Suzanne Egerton.
Mark said: “We aim to give representation to those authors whose books we love but aren’t deemed commercial enough for a large publishing house.
“We put great storytelling and great stories before marketability.
“We represent authors such as Des, whose book, the very Scottish-humoured Life is Local, was the catalyst for wanting to start the company.
“We also represent Suzanne’s debut novel, Out Late with Friends and Regrets, which is in the contemporary women’s genre.
“It is an absolute pleasure to represent these authors’ work and one I never take lightly.”