Mark Piggott, a native of Phillipsburg, N.J., enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1982, beginning a 23-year career.
He served on four aircraft carriers and various duty stations as a Navy Journalist before he attained the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He retired from active duty in 2006.
His first novel, Forever Avalon, was published in 2009, followed by his second novel, The Dark Tides, in 2014. The Outlander War: Book Three of the Forever Avalon series from Austin Macauley Publishing was released in 2020. In 2021, he published the start of a new steampunk fantasy series with The Last Magus: A Clockwork Heart from Lulu.com. At the end of 2021, Mark signed with Curious Corvid Publishing as one of their new authors for this small, independent publisher.
His novels have won a slew of awards over the past years. The Outlander War won second place for fantasy in the 2021 Firebird Book Awards, The Last Magus won first place for steampunk, and in 2022, Forever Avalon won second place for fantasy. Additionally, The Last Magus: A Clockwork Heart won the Grand Prize for Fiction in the 2022 Authors Marketing Guild Indie Book Awards and 3rd Place in Fantasy-Myths and Legends in The BookFest 2022 Book Awards.
His latest fantasy novella, The River of Souls, in collaboration with poet Ashley Valitutto, was published in 2022 through Curious Corvid Publishing, winning two Firebird Book Awards and nominated for two Indie Book Awards. Additionally, Forever Avalon was made into an audiobook, narrated by voice artist Traci Odom, followed by The Last Magus: A Clockwork Heart, narrated by Melissa Barnes.
In 2023, the steampunk historical fiction Corsair and the Sky Pirates launched, winning two 2nd Place awards from The BookFest in Fantasy-Gaslamp and Sci-Fi-Steampunk. Coming soon, the next book in The Last Magus series, Dragonfire and Steel, and the fourth book in the Forever Avalon series, The Prometheus Engine!
He has a variety of short stories published, including The Publishing Room, Crystal Peake Publishing, Ravens and Roses Publishing, and through Curious Corvid Publishing in the Magpie Messenger and their anthology, the Corvid Grimoire.
He and his wife, Georgiene, live in Alexandria, Virginia. They have three children.
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Nicely arranged and executed wordpress site! As to your list of fantasy movies, I’d move Highlander up the list a peg or two.
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I appreciate the comments! I don’t know if I’d consider Highlander a guilty pleasure movie. It has a strong cult following for the franchise where as my choices are very eclectic in nature. I consinder the original movie a classic and the others after that a waste of time and energy.