Mark Beauregard is the author of "The Whale: A Love Story" (Viking, 2016), a novel about the much speculated-upon relationship between Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne and how it transformed Melville’s masterpiece, "Moby-Dick," which was dedicated to Hawthorne. The Washington Post called Beauregard’s novel “an impressive feat of authorly ventriloquism” and declared that the author “has captured the true hide and grit of that God- and nature-haunted 19th-century mind in all its rough, baroque, oddly tender poetry.”
Beauregard grew up in Southern Illinois and attended college at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where he currently resides. He has been a gourmet ice cream manufacturer, magazine editor, funeral home attendant, German instructor, photographer, music agent, film archivist and farm laborer. He has lived in many places throughout the United States, France and Germany. In the 1990s, as a motorcycle journalist based in Los Angeles, he became Travel Editor for CC Motorcycle Newsmagazine. He returned to Tucson and developed a career in nonprofit management, helping raise tens of millions of dollars for local arts and community service organizations. Under the name Mark Zero, he has published five novels with the Tucson indie press Giant Publishing.