Growing up in rural Virginia, Mark Parragh seized on stories—spy stories in particular—to escape the isolation and monotony of real life. He grew up with a deep love for old Bond movies and Mission Impossible reruns on TV, and survived on a cache of forgotten paperbacks he discovered in the attic. He devoured books by authors like Alistair MacLean, Eric Ambler, and Robert Ludlum when he was clearly too young and impressionable to be reading such things.
As an adult, Parragh has worked as a media and trade journalist and as a story editor in the film industry. He is the author of the John Crane series of spy thrillers, based on the idea that spy novels ought to be fun.
Mark Parragh lives in Virginia with his wife and young daughter.