Tucson Festival of Books

Mark Stevens

The son of two librarians, Mark Stevens was raised in Lincoln, Mass., and has worked as a reporter, as a national television news producer and in school public relations. 

Stevens is the author of "The Fireballer" (Lake Union, 2023) and The Allison Coil Mystery Series including "Antler Dust," "Buried by the Roan," "Trapline," "Lake of Fire," and "The Melancholy Howl."

"Buried by the Roan," "Trapline," and" Lake of Fire" were all finalists for the Colorado Book Award. "Trapline" won.

Stevens has had short stories published by Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Mystery Tribune and in Denver Noir (Akashic Books, 2022).  

In 2016 and again in 2023, Stevens was named Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Writer of the Year. Stevens has hosted the Rocky Mountain Writer podcast since 2015, with over 350 interviews to date. He also contributes book reviews to New York Journal of Books and Four Corners Free Press.  He is a former president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America. 

Stevens has also published the posthumous works of Gary Reilly, including nine comic novels in The Asphalt Warrior Series, the Private Palmer trilogy set during the Vietnam War era and several standalone novels including “The Circumstantial Man,” which Jeffery Deaver called “unstoppable.” 

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Awards: 2015 Colorado Book Award for Best Mystery,Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers' Writer of the Year in 2023 (and also in 2016)

Scheduled events:
Loving Baseball
Hear about America's joyful, long-time love affair with the game of baseball.

Integrated Learning Center Room 130 (Seats 143, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Joe Posnanski, Ron Rapoport, Mark Stevens
Moderator: Michael Guymon
Workshop: The Power of Now
For writers who want to add three-dimensional depth to their work. What is the white-hot core of character motivation? What sets your characters in motion? Said another way, why does anybody do anything? So how does ink on the page make us feel something? Better, how is it possible that we can be lost in a book, that the story is more “real” than the world around us? How do we build empathy for fictional characters, both good and bad? What is motivation? How do you, as a writer, help readers connect with character—and connect so well that they don’t feel as if they are consuming plot points but a plausible, grounded story?

Integrated Learning Center Room 141 (Seats 120, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Mark Stevens

The Fireballer
A Novel
Amazon Publishing
January 2023
ISBN 9781662505638
399 pages

Mystery / Thrillers
Third Line Press
February 2020
ISBN 9781734243727
354 pages