Mark Gillespie

Mark Gillespie


I originally come from Glasgow, Scotland, but now live down under in Melbourne. For ten years, between 2001 and 2011, I worked as a musician throughout the UK and Ireland, playing bass and having a good time. Sex, drugs and the rock and roll lifestyle! I didn't see much of that - I was too busy trying to become the best bass player in the world. Unfortunately I failed, but I wasn't bad. There are lots of clips and recordings online. Sometimes I watch them and reminisce about the good ol' days. In 2011, I retired from music (at the ripe old age of 33) and decided to go back to school. In particular, I wanted a joint degree in English Literature and History. I was writing again too, short stories - bad ones. But I stuck with it. Four years passed and I got my degree. And by then, my writing sucked a little less too. I was trying new things! Besides fiction, I was also writing sports features (mixed martial arts and boxing) for a variety of magazines and websites. It felt good to get paid for writing, but I knew that I'd always go back to fiction in the end. When I moved to Australia in 2015 it was time to make the switch back. So what do I write? Speculative Fiction and Alternate Histories. Hey, why not? It combines my dual love of History and English Literature and it's like I get to retell history with a vivid and slightly bonkers imagination. My first book of considerable length is 'FAB', a novella that considers what might have happened had John Lennon dodged the bullet and lived into the 1980s. 'FAB' was released in December 2015. And there's lots more to come in 2016 I hope you'll be interested in.


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I originally come from Glasgow, Scotland, but now live down under in Melbourne. For ten years, between 2001 and 2011, I worked as a musician throughout the UK and Ireland, playing bass and having a good time. Sex, drugs and the rock and roll lifestyle! I didn't see much of that - I was too busy trying to become the best bass player in the world. Unfortunately I failed, but I wasn't bad. There are lots of clips and recordings online. Sometimes I watch them and reminisce about the good ol' days. In 2011, I retired from music (at the ripe old age of 33) and decided to go back to school. In particular, I wanted a joint degree in English Literature and History. I was writing again too, short stories - bad ones. But I stuck with it. Four years passed and I got my degree. And by then, m...


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