Mark Sweet (Ngā Māhanga, Tītahi, Taranaki) was born in Napier and grew up in Waimarama. In the 1980s, he lived in Hong Kong and travelled extensively in China, returning in 2007 to study Tai Chi and Quigong. After careers in the property sector and restaurants, Mark is now devoting his time to writing. His first novel, Zhu Mao, was published in 2011 after Mark participated in Te Papa Tupu, a six-month mentoring programme for Māori writers. With photographer Richard Brimmer, he created the book Portrait & Opinion, and in 2015 he wrote Wine: Stories from Hawke’s Bay. He has also had short stories published in collections from the Pikihuia Awards and in Stories on the Four Winds: Ngā Hau e Whā.