Mark S. Bacon, author of Death in Nostalgia City, Interview


 Mark S. Bacon began his career as a newspaper reporter covering, among other beats, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the Glendale (Calif.) Police Department.   After writing news and features at two newspapers, he moved to ad copywriting when he joined the advertising department of Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, Calif.  Bacon wrote commercials and ads for the Orange County theme park and he directed special events.

Later his career moved into other forms of communication but his early background covering a daily police beat and working for a theme park was part of the inspiration for his theme park mystery.
Bacon later wrote TV commercials for an advertising agency, was public relations manager for a financial trade association, marketing director for a southern California financial institution, and later managed his own marketing consulting firm.
For nearly 20 years Bacon had a parallel career as an adjunct college professor teaching business writing and journalism.  He taught journalism at California State Polytechnic University - Pomona, UNLV, the University of Redlands and the University of Nevada - Reno.   He taught business at Fullerton (Calif.) College and Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, Nev.
Write Like the Pros, published by John Wiley & Sons, was Bacon’s first book.  It applies the techniques of journalism and copywriting to written business communication.  His next book for Wiley, Do-It-Yourself Direct Marketing: Secrets for Small Business, was named a best business book of the year by the Library Journal, was printed in three editions and four languages.  His most recent book was Mysteries and Murder, a collection of crime flash fiction stories published by Ether Books.

He earned a BA in journalism from Fresno State University and an MA in mass communication/media criticism from UNLV.

His articles have appeared in the Washington Post, Kansas City Star, Denver Post, USAir Magazine, Trailer Life, Cleveland Plain Dealer, San Antonio Express-News, The Orange County Register, Working Woman, and other publications.  He is a former columnist for BusinessWeek Online and most recently was a regular correspondent for the San Francisco Chronicle where he wrote on travel, outdoors and entertainment.   
            Bacon is a former president of the Orange County Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators.  He and his wife, Anne, and their golden retriever, Willow, live in Reno, Nevada.


He thinks he’s on edge now…then people start getting killed…

“Stressed-out” has been ex-cop Lyle Deming’s default setting for years, but his new job, driving a cab in a theme park, promises to cure his chronic anxieties. Nostalgia City is the ultimate resort for anyone who wants to visit the past. A meticulous recreation of an entire small town from the early 1970s, it’s complete with period cars, music, clothes, shops, restaurants, hotels—the works.

The relaxed, theme-park atmosphere is just what Lyle needs—until rides are sabotaged and tourists killed. Then park founder, billionaire “Max” Maxwell, drafts Lyle into investigating—unofficially. As the violence escalates and employees get rattled, Lyle gets help. Kate Sorensen, the park’s PR director—and former college basketball player—becomes another incognito investigator. Except that she’s six-foot-two-and-a-half-inches tall and drop-dead gorgeous. So much for incognito.

Together, Lyle and Kate unravel a conspiracy of corporate greed and murder.

Death in Nostalgia City is a fascinating mystery set in a highly authentic world of 60s & 70s nostalgia - and the story works compellingly on both levels.  It’s an excellent read that’s loaded with iconic touchstones of ‘60s-‘70s pop culture - music, fashion, TV, movies.  Death in Nostalgia City is a blast!”
--Dick Bartley - host of radio’s "The Classic Countdown" and "Rock & Roll’s Greatest Hits" - member of the Radio Hall of Fame.

Write Like the Pros
How to use the techniques of ad writers and journalists in business
John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1988
Selected by: Book of the Month Club, Quality Paperback Book Club, Fortune Book Club.
Do-It-Yourself Direct Marketing
John Wiley and Sons, Inc.; First edition, 1992; Updated paperback edition, 1994; Second edition, completely revised, 1997.  Named: A Best Business Book of the Year by the Library Journal
Selected by: Book of the Month Club, BusinessWeek Book Club, Fortune (magazine) Book Club.  Printed in four languages; sold on four continents.

The California Escape Manual
How to relocate from urban California to a small town in a small state
Archer & Clark Publishing, 1998
Self-published book was marketing only in California and sold nearly 5,000 copies.  Favorably reviewed or subject of lengthy feature articles/photos/interviews in about 35 newspapers, magazines and radio stations.

Cops, Crooks and Other Stories in 100 Words
Archer & Clark Publishing, 2012
Self-published flash fiction stories in e-book format.  Many of the stories were printed first in online literary magazines.

Mysteries and Murder
Ether Books, 2013
Crime flash fiction stories published by British firm for reading, via an app, on smart phones and mobile devices.


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