ABOUT Mark

The author in his preferred habitat
THE AUTHOR, Mark Fine was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has made the United States his home since 1979 living in New York, Minneapolis, and finally moving to Los Angeles in 1984. Now the South Bay is his home, where he lives with his two sons, and a neighborhood dog that drops in from time to time. He has also contributed articles to entertainment industry publications, and conducted public speaking engagements at technology trade events. 

A story worth telling is the inspiration for his work, usually based on moments in history that both entertain and inform the reader, such as the gritty period of apartheid South Africa. As a storyteller, Mark enjoys the notion of using fictional characters to lead the reader through periods of our past that are interesting, challenging, and instructive. 

Mark is a champion of the plight of third world causes and the support of animals worldwide, which are reflected in his writings. He is committed to the anti-poaching struggle, and is proud to be known as a #RhinoProtector. Fine describes his obligation  this way, "I was born with the dust of Africa flowing through my veins. This happy fact has blessed me with an abiding passion—and compassion—for all living creatures. This innate love for nature has remained with me all these years that I’ve been fortunate to live in the United States. But despite the great geographic distance from the continent of Africa, my soul aches, because I sense the cry of the voiceless. Those large mammals, the elephant—and especially the rhino, are in the midst of nihilistic struggle for their very survival. How could I not answer their call? So I’ve begun to do something about it." 
For well over a decade he headed an award-winning record label that he founded, called Hammer & Lace, that united non-profit organizations with world-class celebrity and music talent to create benefit albums and entertainment events to raise awareness and funds in aid of breast cancer research, at-risk children, the blind, freedom of speech, and wildlife conservation.

These benefit albums featured global recording artists such as: Faith Hill, Sheryl Crow, Shania Twain, Annie Lennox, Aretha Franklin, Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams, Carol King, Celine Dion, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Melissa Etheridge, Rod Stewart, Stevie Nicks, Stevie Wonder, and Sting.

Actors and other celebrities that have participated in projects produced by Mark include: Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thorton, Linda Evangelista, Johnny Depp, Milla Jovovich, Keanu Reeves, and Russell Crowe. 

The oncology community has honored Mark for his innovative, entertainment-based approach to health education. And Variety magazine voted him as a "record excecutive with 20/20 vision" for his approach to philanthropy.

When asked to compare his career in the music industry to his new endeavor as an author, Mark Fine replied, "This is a wonderful new adventure for me. I've always been an integral part of the creative process, and had the privilege of working hand-in-hand with remarkably talented individuals. But my role was to enable, nurture and provide support to others, and it had plenty of rewards. However in writing this novel, for the first time I was the sole creator and it's given me a true appreciation of the solitary challenges of the creative process--and I've found it to be immensely satisfying."


by Mark Fine





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