Mark Laming at the BBC

Mark Laming

Romantic Novelist

My passion has always been writing and I am unable to imagine a day without putting the laptop through its paces.  As a young boy I remember hiding in the wings of my father’s theatre in Harrogate, staring in awe at the actors rehearsing for a show that he had written. Irrefutably, a tiny slice of his magic, thankfully, rubbed off on me and became the catalyst for my storytelling.

Over the years I have gone on to produce over two hundred short stories, three novels and I am in the process of writing another one. Four of these stories were recorded in 1997 on the Shirley Ludford Show for broadcast on BBC Radio Wiltshire Sound. More recently I have become a regular contributor to a small Dorset magazine group. My interests include horology and being grandfather to four colourful characters who continually test my mind and bank account!

I have been nominated for The People’s Book Prize 2019 for my novel ‘Shadow with Nowhere to Fall’. The patrons are Frederick Forsyth CBE and Founding Patron: Dame Beryl Bainbridge. 2019 was a busy year for me with two BBC Radio interviews and as a guest on the American Radio Authors Show.

Finally, as many authors will confirm, it is a long and bumpy path getting published. If I had my time again, would I choose writing as my first love?  You bet I would!

Phoenix and the Blue Jay



Working on the sixty-ninth floor of a New York skyscraper, Phoenix feels he could have done more to prevent fellow welder and friend, Cody, slipping to his death. His overwhelming sense of guilt spirals out of control and Suzy, his wonderful wife, supports him throughout his trauma. But, will it ever be enough for him to find redemption.

However many times he has the chance of happiness, he feels something or someone is holding him back.


Swapping the grey skies of Croydon for the Costa Brava resort of Tossa de Mar, ex-funeral director William believes he has finally escaped his ultimate nightmare.

At long last happiness is within his grasp. His seemingly perfect new life soon disintegrates when he falls in love with best-selling author, Sarah Barney. His desperate measures to draw a line under his own difficult past prevent him from helping Sarah with her own demons.

Each has a history they would rather forget that stalks their every move. With payback time for William drawing closer, his dilemma is whether to reveal the truth or add to the lies.


That’s all it takes, one moment of weakness, for Toby’s long suffering friend, Debbie, to be sucked into the vortex of his sad and complicated life.

Toby’s anxious voice on the phone sends shivers down Debbie’s spine, as he tells her that he won’t be around for too much longer. Once again the showman is calling the shots, and she drops everything to be with him.

Debbie is convinced that, by moving to New York, she will win back his love. Her strength and belief in Toby is unswerving, begging the question: how many more times can she get knocked down and keep coming back for more?

Balancing his illness with heading up an enormous advertising agency, Toby’s crazy ‘win or die’ tactics have far-reaching consequences.

The aftermath of revenge dominates the lives of Toby and Debbie, as the Leftover Hurricane waits patiently to deliver its final sweep.

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Copyright: Mark Laming 2020