Mark Valadez is a native of Chicago’s southeast side. He was born into a family of steelworkers, although his father later became a police officer. A graduate of Northern Illinois University, Mark cut his teeth as a writer in the world of comic books. While still in college, he adapted Stephen King’s short story “Popsy” for the graphic novel anthology J.N. WILLIAMSON’S ILLUSTRATED MASQUES, published by Gauntlet Press and recently re-issued in trade paperback by IDW. Later, he authored four books in the now defunct FRIGHT TIME series for young readers. Mark drew upon his background for an original screenplay titled MORTAL SIN that was a finalist in competition for the Disney Feature Writing Fellowship in 2005. A few years later, he became one of eight fellows selected for the highly competitive ABC-Disney TV Writing Program. He was also part of the inaugural class of the FOX Writers Initiative. Since then, Mark has worked as a staff writer on the TNT series PERCEPTION, and has written on FOX’s GANG RELATED, Audience Network’s ICE, and Crackle’s original series THE OATH. Currently, he is a writer and Executive Story Editor of the USA drama series, QUEEN OF THE SOUTH.
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