Mark was born in Liverpool, not far from Penny Lane and also near to where the Beatles came into being. In the early 1960's his family moved to the other side of the River Mersey to the town of Ellesmere Port where Mark first went to school. From there he moved to Chester where Mark spent his teenage years. After taking A-Levels at Birkenhead School, he went up to Exeter College, Oxford, where he read Theology. He then went onto Avery Hill College in London to do a post graduate certificate in education. After Avery Hill, Mark taught in London, before moving eastwards to Essex, where he has lived ever since. This was because at Avery Hill Mark met his wife Wendy and within two years they were married and ended up living in her native Essex.

Mark's first published book was Blowin' Free - 30 Years of Wishbone Ash, (co-authored with Gary Carter) in 2001. This was followed by U2 - The Complete Encyclopaedia. In 1996 Mark started an educational publishing company called MW Educational, which specialised in publishing 11+ and SATs practice papers for the burgeoning home learning market. Mark wrote over thirty different titles for this company. These were sold both in bookshops and on line, in traditional printed formats and as e-books.

More recently Mark has started to write about the British Transport system, particularly railways. He has had articles published in Railway Magazine, Traction and Railways  llustrated. He is also webmaster of the minor railways website, Branch Line Britain, which also contains a blog of Mark's travels on Britain's railways. He has also written books on motorways, bridges and tunnels.

He has also written two books in the Mind, Body & Spirit genre - The Power of Thankfulness and Meditation- a Practical Guide

As of 2024 Mark has had sixteen books published with Human Being being the latest.