JEA snapped up Mark's work. Time of Tides is in ebook form and it sells every single day. Every. Day. While we are excited for him, he is feeling the pressure of writing for an audience now (and I am so glad he knows how I felt now! It's not easy!). Mark is soon to released in Feral Hearts, Lycanthroship, a print version with Amanda Lyons, is in several anthologies to include Midnight Remains, and is working on several novellas and novels. He is also subbing to Rejected for Content.
If you haven't read Mark's works, be prepared. He is unique. Horror like Richard Laymon, English taste, Clive Barker imagination, S. King's heart...it's hard to describe Mark's style but he hits the soft spots, and never pulls a punch. To me, it is very modern horror with a lovely English feel. Let's call him retro-modern. Let's cal him scary. Hell, I call him Sparky Mark and that may be exactly how we all can describe his writing. He sparks.
Mark Woods, known as Sparky Marky, is one of those people who can turn coal into gold with only a touch. Trust me, I have seen it. I met Mark when he was a book reviewer, and I felt gutsy enough to send him manuscripts to review. I got what I wanted, which was honesty, but I also got a kick in the rear. He went over one of my books and ripped it to shreds for pacing issues and more. In tears, I had to decide if a reviewer's opinion mattered that much, and what I needed to do. I rewrote the book and had a contract for the nine book series within a month.
What struck me was how Mark did a detailed review and hit upon every element, explaining what was strong and what was...well...awful. Almost in defense, I asked why he didn't write books for himself since he was such an expert! (insert angst here) He admitted he did write but never shared.