Mark Steadman, the author of four novels and numerous short stories, was born in Savannah, Georgia, and grew up in Decatur, Georgia. He was educated in Decatur schools and at Emory University and Florida State University. Steadman spent his teaching career at Clemson University, where he was Alumni Professor of English and Writer-in-Residence before his retirement. His award-winning first novel, McAfee County, set the tone for his later work. One critic remarked that "What sets Mark Steadman apart is his skill as a storyteller and his understanding of the intense drama and humor of everyday life." Of his third novel, Angel Child, Josephine Humphreys--fellow SC Academy of Authors inductee--wrote "Mark Steadman is onto something far beyond Southern humor--the troubled human soul--but along the way he is very, very funny."