Mark Hubbs is an eleven year veteran of the U.S. Army Infantry. He left active duty in 1992 and retired from the Army Reserve in 2001. Since leaving active duty he has worked as a environmental protection specialist and archaeologist for the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command (USASMDC) on historic Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama. His work has taken him to several far flung islands in the Pacific where the fierce battles of World War II have left relics both above and below the surface of the corral sand.
Besides the extensive environmental and archaeological writing that Mark does for his job, he has also written non-fiction for several history related magazines and journals including Navy History Magazine, World War II History Magazine, The Bugler, Army History Magazine, Military Historian and Collector and On The Trail Magazine. His article Massacre on Wake Island (Navy History Magazine) was the first detailed account of the murder of 98 American civilians by the Japanese in 1943. It has subsequently been used as a reference in several World War II books and articles.
Mark’s first novel, The Secret of Wattensaw Bayou was released by Bluewater Publications in March, 2013. His second novel, The Archer’s Son, is the story of a young boy in medieval Cornwall who accompanies a band of archers on Henry V’s famous march into France and the bloody battle of Agincourt. It was release in the summer of 2014.
Mark has had a life long passion for history. This interest ranges from battles and leaders to the more mundane cultural and material history of the common people who were the real heroes of the past. History is more than anything else, the story of ordinary people and how those people reacted to extraordinary circumstances. For almost four decades Mark has learned first hand how the people of the past lived by participating in costumed living history programs at scores of American battlefields and historic sites.
Mark holds a Bachelor’s in History from Henderson State University in Arkansas, a Masters in Environmental Management from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama and a Masters in Archaeology from Leicester University in the United Kingdom. He is a member of the Company of Military Historians, The Sons of the American Revolution, The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCWBI) and was the co-founder of the Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table.
Huntsville, Alabama has been home for Mark and his wife Phyllis since 1989. They have three children and five grandchildren.