Okay, though I think most folks here pretty much know all this. Here's my extended bio plus a few additional bits:
Mark W. Tiedemann
Mark W. Tiedemann spun yarns, wrote and drew comics, and constructed elaborate scenarios for summer playtime, mostly out of sheer boredom with reality. Occasionally this practice got him into trouble, but not enough to rehabilitate him. Deciding at some point that writers must be really cool people, he wanted to be one, and set about a wholly disorganized, circuitous path to reach his goal, entailing many sidetracks, one of which led to a career in photography. After spending many years as a photographer, he drifted back to words, and began cranking out stories and trying to sell them.
In 1988 he attended Clarion and shortly thereafter did in fact begin selling his work. Since 1990 he has sold over fifty short stories, to Asimov’s, F & SF, Science Fiction Age, Tomorrow SF, Tales of the Unanticipated, and anthologies such as Universe 2, Vanishing Acts, Bending the Landscape, War of the Worlds: the Global Dispatches and others.
In 1999 he was invited to write in Isaac Asimov’s Robot City universe and subsequently published the Robot Mystery trilogy Mirage, Chimera, and Aurora.
In 2001 the first book of his Secantis Sequence was published by Meisha Merlin. Compass Reach was shortlisted for the Philip K. Dick Award. Two more novels quickly followed, Metal of Night and Peace & Memory. In 2005, standalone novel Remains was published and was shortlisted for the James Tiptree Jr. Award.
While all this was going on, he joined the board of directors of the Missouri Center for the Book, the Missouri state affiliate to the Library of Congress Center for the Book, an institution that works to promote and support the state literary heritage and the culture of the book. In 2005, he was elected president and served in that capacity for four years. During his tenure, the Missouri Center for the Book petitioned, campaigned, and persuaded the governor to establish the first state poet laureate for Missouri, a program which the MCB manages. He also worked to revitalize the organization and give it new directions, with new programs like the Missouri Book To Film event in conjunction with the St. Louis International Film Festival, renewed annual conferences, and outreach through a variety of partnering organizations.
He continued to work till recently in the photographic industry. He has lived in St. Louis all his life, for the past 30 years with his companion, best friend, first reader Donna. He occasionally plays piano and guitar, doodles in idle moments, and is somehow, according to friends, still sane after all these years, a condition which could change at any moment.
Additional bits: Last year I signed with the Donald Maass Literary Agency and I am represented by two marvelous people, Stacia Decker and Jen Udden (one for mysteries, one for SF), and I am currently working on the rewrite of a historical mystery after having just finish book two of an alternate history trilogy. Still waiting on the contract, noodling on some short stories.
I'm also retired now from the Missouri Center for the Book, though they keep pestering me for some reason to rejoin the board. No time, no time.
I work out, I walk the dog, I run errands.