Early life[edit | edit source]
Budz was born on November 1, 1960 in Cherry Hills, New Jersey into a family that traveled a lot because his father worked for the National Park Service. In 1982, Mark graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a bachelor's degree in Architectural Engineering. After graduating, he worked at several different jobs, including sales at manufacturer's representative for ITT Bell & Gossett, retail sales, publisher's reader for a small press, and technical support. Currently, Mark is a technical writer for a software company near Silicon Valley.
In the late 1980s, Mark moved to Eugene, Oregon to attempt to become a full time writer, beginning with short stories. Although becoming a short story writer did not work out, he decided to become a novel writer, which began with his first novel Clade in 2003. In subsequent years, he published other novels such as Crache and Idolon.
In 1991, he met his future wife, Marina Fitch and in 1992, they moved to Watsonville, California.