Mark S. Bacon began his career as a newspaper police reporter in southern California. He later became a copywriter, creating ads and commercials for cars, electronics, and Knott’s Berry Farm, a California theme park. He is the author of several business books including one that was named a best business book of the year by the Library Journal and printed in four languages. His articles have appeared in The Washington Post, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Kansas City Star, USAir Magazine, and many other publications. Most recently, he was a regular contributor for the San Francisco Chronicle. Bacon has taught journalism at Cal Poly University – Pomona, the University of Redlands, and the University of Nevada.

His early background, covering a police beat daily and working for a theme park, influenced his creation of Nostalgia City, the setting for his first murder mystery novel. Bacon is also the author of two collections of mystery flash fiction stories. He lives in Reno with his wife, Anne, and their golden retriever.