The Setting


I tried to place the readers in an unfamiliar and terrifying situation in a real world setting. The locale and environment in which THE RUN was to take place needed to feel authentic and true to life yet, at the same time be distant and fiercely unsettling.  There were two types of readers for me to consider when I began this project, those who were familiar with travel in the northern end of Baja, California and those who had never been south of the border. The story needed to be exciting for anyone along for the ride.

Although the novel is fictional, it is based on some of my own experiences, as well as the accounts and tales of others over an extended period of time. I’ve made an honest attempt to be as fair and accurate as possible with the nuances of the Mexican location and dual-country relations and cultures. However, often times it is customarily necessary to take some artistic liberties in order to enhance the narrative. What is it that politicians say, “Don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story”?

The span of coastline and cities of Tijuana and Ensenada have changed over the years and in many cases there have been numerous improvements. I’d like to think that I drew my inspiration from the past in addition to the present. It would be sad to think that, “drinking them margaritas in those old cantinas” was a waste of time. Speaking of that, my inspiration for the El Nido Del Pelicano hotel was the Las Rocas resort in Rosarito and the El Gallo Borracho bar was based on Hussong’s cantina in Ensenada.

2 Responses to “The Setting”

  1. Kathy Shady says:

    I just finished reading The Run. The storyline kept you guessing what was going to happen. There were a couple of times that I thought I knew what was going to happen and it went in a different direction (although I did figure out Danny Rubino :) I am impressed with all of the research that was done to be able to create believable situations.

    It’s a good thing I didn’t have anything to do today because as I got to the end, I couldn’t put it down. I couldn’t wait to get to the end to see if they made it home or not. The ending was realistic for the situation they were in.

    Mark, I can’t wait for the next novel!!

  2. Chad Smith says:

    What an incredible RUSH! Everything you would want from a trip across the border and back: the fun, the fear, the situations, all realistic and very believable. Being from Texas and making my own trips to Nuevo Laredo and Juarez, this book brings back good and bad memories! Good to see an author take a ride on ‘the dark side’ and bring this story to life! Great work and look forward to more in the future!

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