Mark Roger Bailey | Media Biography


2-Line Bio:

Mark Roger Bailey is an award-winning creative writer and the author of the novels SAINT and BEYOND THESE WOODS.

 

Short Bio:  

Mark Roger Bailey is an award-winning creative writer and author of two novels. He managed the launch of the Robert Redford Conservancy and is Vice President of Communications at one of America’s most selective colleges. His latest novel is BEYOND THESE WOODS (Lede, 2013). He’s on the Web at markrogerbailey.com.  

 

Medium Bio:  

Mark Roger Bailey is an award-winning creative writer and the author of two novels, SAINT (Lede, 2012) and BEYOND THESE WOODS (Lede, 2013). 

His force of thought on the paradoxical interplay between science, religion, government and human belief systems propels stories that cross from literary to techno-thriller and back. Compelling, believable, expert and cinematic describe his writing.

Recently, he managed the launch of the Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability.

He lives life forward, except when he looks back to better understand things. He and his wife live in California. Mark’s latest novel is BEYOND THESE WOODS (2013).

 

Long Bio:

Mark Roger Bailey is an Emmy award-winning creative writer and the author of two novels, SAINT (Jove, 1997; Lede 2011) and BEYOND THESE WOODS (Lede, 2013). 

His force of thought on the paradoxical interplay between science, religion, government and human belief systems fuels page-turning suspense. Compelling, believable, expert and cinematic describe his writing.

His novels explore the promise of technology and the failures of human interaction with it, especially involving biotechnological complications and their unintended ripple effects in other areas of human activity. Much of his work has medical or scientific underpinnings that reflect his early medical documentary cinematography training as a graduate student. These interests were strengthened by his work in advanced technology as a writer-director-producer on military, medical, aeronautical, marine and environmental studies projects on three continents.

You know a Mark Roger Bailey novel by its compelling 'what if' concept, infectious confidence, and characters who resonate long after the final page.

His first published novel, SAINT, begins on the cliffs at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, CA among the world-famous Salk Institute and other biomedical research labs. The potential for unlocking the keys to creation, memory and consciousness compelled him to distraction. He created the pitch for Saint in three days. Writing the novel took two years, including research in the 2,000-year-old city of the dead deep beneath St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, where the story reaches its climax.

In BEYOND THESE WOODS, Bailey explores the irreconcilable values that drive some to destroy Nature and others to destroy human life in defense of Nature. Ultimately, we see one flawed yet pragmatic woman take a stand that will end the cycle of violence.

Also an award-winning creative writer, Mark has created hundreds of national print, radio, television, movie and internet marketing and advertising projects for clients in Europe and the United States. He has created television projects for the Olympics, Major League Baseball, NFL Super Bowl, trans ocean yachting races, and the America’s Cup.

Trained as a journalist and filmmaker, Mark was recruited by ABC Sports for on-air college football and Olympics commentary. He appeared in regional and national advertising campaigns, and performed voiceover narration for documentaries. Following Emmy-winning work in television and advertising, he formed the creative consultancy MBCI. He served as the official documenter of yachtsman Dennis Conner's successful Stars & Stripes America's Cup campaign to win the Cup back from Australia, producing and directing more than 100 hours of television coverage. He went on to write, produce and direct projects in Australia, England, Italy and the Vatican. At Sony Pictures Entertainment and Columbia TriStar Home Video, he marketed popular movies Men in Black, Legends of the Fall, A Few Good Men, Das Boot, Betsy’s Wedding, Jerry Maguire and others. Throughout, he continued writing, studying with Yannick Murphy in the Master of Professional Writing program at the University of Southern California and legendary film director Robert Wise and Hollywood development executive Christopher Vogel at UCLA.

Recently, he managed the launch of actor and environmentalist Robert Redford’s Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability.

He lives life forward most of the time, except when he looks back to better understand things.

He currently serves as vice president of communications, marketing and public relations at one of the most selective liberal arts colleges in the United States. He and his wife live in Los Angeles.

 


Speaker Introduction:

Let’s give a warm welcome to Mark Roger Bailey, who has been compared to Forrest Gump because he happens to show up at some of our generation's moments, from an America’s Cup victory on the Indian Ocean to a White House reception with the President in Washington, D.C., from working with the Blackfoot Nation on the Alberta plains to interviewing Richard Branson aboard his barge on London’s Grand Union Canal, from an ancient monastery in the west of Ireland to the City of the Dead beneath St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. Please welcome Mark, author of the novels SAINT and BEYOND THESE WOODS.

 


5 Fun Facts You Didn't Know About MRB:

1.  Born into a large family in a small house in northern Vermont. 

2. At age 8, he was shot at by a friend with a rifle . . . who missed.

3. As a young teenager, he traveled alone by train from New York to Chicago to see The Beatles in concert.

4. At age fifteen he saw a meteor streak low over his neighborhood in upstate New York. It changed him.  The next day, he met the girl who years later became the love of his life.

5. A fan of the America’s Cup yacht race since his earliest memory in New England, he went on to learn how to sail on Lake Michigan, then joined Dennis Conner’s Stars & Stripes ’87 America's Cup Challenge as official documentor, directing television coverage of the historic team that won back the Cup from Australia and restored American dominance of the sport.