Mark Wightman was born in Edinburgh before growing up in the Far East – first in Hong Kong, and then in Singapore, where he rode and trained horses competitively. The idea of writing a novel set in Singapore had lain, sown but ungerminated, for a long time. Mark particularly wanted to explore the elements of history that lay at the margins, where the recorded facts have either faded or been hidden. The result was his debut novel, WAKING THE TIGER, which was published by Hobeck Books in 2021. Waking the Tiger is the first instalment in the Inspector Betancourt series, in which Betancourt battles skulduggery and corruption and searches for justice in colonial Singapore.
Waking the Tiger is shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2022. In 2021, it was longlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for the Scottish Crime Book of the Year and shortlisted for the Scottish Crime Debut of the Year.
After a successful career in media technology, Mark completed master’s degrees in Creative Writing, first at the University of Edinburgh, and then at the University of East Anglia, where he received a distinction for Waking the Tiger. Mark was the winner of the Pitch Perfect event at the Bloody Scotland Crime Festival in 2017, also for Waking the Tiger, and was selected to be one of the seventeen UNESCO City of Literature Story Shop emerging writers at the 2017 Edinburgh International Book Festival.
Since his time in the Far East, Mark has lived and worked in Scotland, England, the Netherlands, and New Zealand, and now lives outside Edinburgh