Mark Lindquist was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. He attended the University of Washington, then transferred to the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. After graduating, he worked as a copy writer for a movie studio. His first novel, Sad Movies, was based on this. Newsday called it, “Perceptive and hilarious … one of the best sketches about a young man’s attempt to find himself since The Graduate.” It became a bestseller for Atlantic Monthly Press and was published in six languages.
While living in Los Angeles he wrote screenplays for several studios, and book reviews for The Los Angeles Times Book Review, The New York Times Book Review, The Seattle Times, and The Oregonian, as well as articles for Details, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Movieline, and other publications.
Mark’s second novel, Carnival Desires, published in 1990 by Atlantic Monthly Press and now available on Kindle at Amazon, chronicled his Hollywood experience. Details magazine called it, “Great postmodern literature. Romantic and cynical, true and original, full of modern ideas and seductive moments… as of its time as such classics as Day of the Locust and The Last Tycoon.” Vanity Fair called it a “witty minimalist epic” with “the smart, spare prose only an outsider on the Hollywood inside can afford.”
Shortly thereafter, he moved back to the Northwest and went to law school. In 1995, while still working as an author, he became a deputy prosecutor in Pierce County, Washington.
In July of 2000 People magazine named Mark as one of the “100 Most Eligible Bachelors” in the country. That same year his third novel, Never Mind Nirvana, was published by Random House/Villard, and has been subsequently published in five other languages. Bret Easton Ellis wrote, “One of my favorite writers is back with a beautifully paced, original novel which moves so fast that once you start reading it becomes impossible to stop…. I totally welcome his return.” Peter Buck of R.E.M. wrote, “Hip deep in music, Never Mind Nirvana is a telling inside view that perfectly captures the rhythms and sights of late-nineties Seattle.” NMN was well reviewed everywhere from the New York Times Book Review to the Washington Post to the Detroit News to the LA Weekly.
In 2004 Mark became the trial team chief of the drug unit for the Prosecutor’s Office and focused on aggressively prosecuting methamphetamine labs. Since that time meth labs have been reduced by over 95% in Pierce County. Mark was also one of the deputy prosecutors who convicted the Tacoma mall shooter. He has successfully prosecuted murder, rape, drive-by shootings, child abuse, domestic violence and many other crimes.
Here is a Washington Law & Politics article about how Mark as an author and a prosecutor and the relationship between his writing and his trial work.
Mark’s fourth novel, The King of Methlehem, was published by Simon & Schuster in May of 2007. By the end of the month it was on the Pacific Northwest Bestseller list. The paperback was published in May of 2008. Mark is working on a follow-up.
He continues to write book reviews and also writes a column, Zen Lawyer, for the Tacoma Pierce County Bar News. His agent is putting the columns together for a possible book. Meanwhile, you can read some of the chapters in the blog section of this site. Chapter 10, for example, features a crash course on one-minute meditation.
On September 1, 2009, when Mark was serving as Chief Criminal Deputy, he was appointed as Prosecutor by an unanimous and bipartisan vote of the County Council. In 2010, he was elected to a four-year term. In 2014, he was elected to another four-year term with 96% of the vote against a write-in candidate.
Under his leadership, the office has made the community safer with a successful Elder Abuse Unit, Gang Unit, and High Priority Offender program, an objective, data-driven program that focuses resources on career criminals. The office also runs innovative alternative courts for drug addiction, mental health issues, and veterans. His Prosecutor website is www.marklindquist.org.
Mark is married and lives with his wife and daughter in Tacoma.