Mark Barnes was born in September, 1966 in Sydney, Australia. Raised and educated in Sydney, he was a champion swimmer who also played water-polo, soccer, cricket and volleyball. Drawn to the arts at a young age he wrote his first short story at age 7 though was active in drawing, painting, and music as well.
His career stuttered in finance, slid into advertising then leaped into Information Technology where he continues to manage a freelance Organizational Change consultancy. It was not until January 2005, when Mark was selected to attend the Clarion South residential short story workshop, he began to write with a view to making it more than a hobby. Since Clarion South 2005 Mark has published a small number of short stories, worked as a freelance script editor and done creative consultancy for a television series.
'The Garden of Stones' released by 47North in May 2013, is the first volume in 'The Echoes of Empire' fantasy trilogy. The second volume, 'The Obsidian Heart' is scheduled for release in October 2013, with the final volume in the trilogy, 'The Pillars of Sand', scheduled for release in May 2014. 47North is a publishing imprint of Amazon Publishing, publishing speculative fiction under the main genres of fantasy, horror, and science fiction.