Mark Lancaster

Mark Lancaster
Bio

I am a Christian, author, parent, survivor, martial artist, scuba diver and outdoor enthusiast. I am a member of the Australian Society of Authors and the Children's Book Council of Australia. I write action adventure books for 8-12yr olds (Middle grade). My books advocate determination and action to overcome a bullying problem, and can be used as a fictional aid to help build confidence in children who are being bullied. I grew up in South Africa. Later in life I moved to the UK for 14 years, before finally settling in sunny Australia.

I hold a black belt in Wado-ryu karate, one of four traditional styles from Japan that incorporates both karate and jiujitsu. I have also dabbled in other styles like Goju-ryu and Shuai Jiao (traditional Chinese wrestling). Like the main character in my “GORINJAS” book, I have used my training to overcome some very difficult experiences in my life, including a near fatal car crash which left me partially paralysed. Besides supporting a strong anti-bullying message, I have a desire to encourage reading in middle grade children, stimulating their imaginations to find the same enjoyment in action adventure stories that I enjoyed as a young boy.

I firmly believe that prolific reading when growing up has immensely improved my vocabulary and command of the English language, and I wish to encourage children to do the same. My first book in the Goringas series encourages imaginative thought, confidence and self-esteem through relatable characters and all-too-familiar bullying scenarios. My favourite radio station is Hope 103.2.