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Short Bio

South Dakota born author, Mark Thielman lives in Texas. A former felony prosecutor, Mark works as a magistrate judge in Fort Worth, where he lives with his wife and two teenaged sons. He is the author of the Black Orchid Novella Award winning novella, “A Meter of Murder.” His most recent short story, “The Measured Chest” will be published in the Malice Domestic 12: Mystery Most Historical.


Long Bio

Mark Thielman writes fiction and serves as a magistrate judge for Tarrant County, Texas.

In 2015, The Wolfe Pack, the Nero Wolfe Literary Society, awarded Mark the Black Orchid Novella Award for his story, “A Meter of Murder.” The  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine published the story in the July/August 2016 edition. His next story, “The Measured Chest,” will be included in the anthology Malice Domestic 12: Mysteries Most Historical, published by Wildside in conjunction with Malice Domestic.

Mark began his legal career as an assistant district attorney for Dallas County, Texas prosecuting misdemeanor and felony cases. Among other positions, he served as Chief Prosecutor of the Child Abuse Unit. In 1997, Mark moved to the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office in Fort Worth where he remained until 2014. There, he continued prosecuting felony offenses including child abuse and capital murder cases.

Born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Mark moved to Texas to attend college. He graduated from Texas Christian University with a BA degree and then the University of Texas School of Law.

Mark is married to Betty Arvin, an attorney in Fort Worth. Together they have two teenage sons and a pair of dogs.