Mark House Publishing

Begun in 2012, Mark House Publishing is a cooperative effort of writers and artists in the Seattle area to bring to the market publications of particular interest to the Pacific Northwest.  The founders have known each other as members of the education and arts community in Seattle and worked together on various projects or in various schools for a decade or more.

While producing works for the print medium is harrowing in today’s marketplace, it also may be true that producing work for a smaller, more identifiable audience becomes achievable given the advances in digital technology.  The intention of Mark House Publishing is to make available what we know in a way that entertains and fascinates those who love the Northwest as we do.

Mark House Publishing is interested in manuscripts in a digital format that deal with an aspect of Northwest life or bring to the fore the work of a Northwest writer or artist.  Queries should be sent with SASE to Editors, Mark House Publishing, P.O. Box 47409, Seattle, WA 98146.

Laura Kelly Robb

Laura Kelly Robb was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the fifth of six daughters and one of many cousins in a large extended Irish family. Raised on stories of the Depression times on the south side of Pittsburgh, Laura started writing early on.

 She finished high school in White Plains, New York and graduated from the University of Toronto, majoring in Political Science and History. She soon moved abroad and taught English for five years at the Colegio Universitario de Vigo in the northwest provinces of Spain. Her years there added to her store of modern day and historical tales, and she began to write short stories and plays. To earn extra money, she worked as a guide for cruise ship passengers taking coach tours of the countryside, telling the region's historical and mythical tales to entertain the passengers. 

 Upon her return to the U.S., Laura worked a variety of jobs until finishing her teaching certificate at the University of Washington. She then helped support her young family by teaching Spanish and History at public high schools in the Puget Sound area. She continued to work on her writing craft by finishing the Screenwriting Program at the University of Washington, and a three-week writing course at the University of Iowa’s Writers Workshop. She was a winner of the Washington State Screenplay Competition as well as a book reviewer for the Vashon Island newspaper, the Beachcomber.  

In 2012, Laura started Mark House Publishing, a cooperative of Seattle writers and artists aimed at producing works of significance for the Pacific Northwest community. China Rock is the inaugural work for the Mark House imprint. 

Laura lives on Vashon Island with her husband, educator Paul Robb, and is at work on the second book about the Mohan clan.

Jim Thomsen

Jim Thomsen was raised on Bainbridge Island, educated at a Seventh-day Adventist boarding school and graduated from Western Washington University. He spent more than twenty years in newspaper journalism as a writer and editor, most recently as the news editor at the Kitsap Sun in Bremerton.

Since 2010, he has worked as a copy editor of book manuscripts, primarily for self-publishing fiction authors. To date, through his company, Desolation Island Editing Services, he has helped nearly one hundred writers make their dream of becoming published authors of quality fiction come true.

 Jim is working on his own novel, a hardboiled crime tale set in his native Kitsap County titled You Have Twenty-Four Hours. He makes his home in West Seattle and can be reached at 

Carrie Greaves

While having no design school background (b.s. is in History), Carrie Greaves has been in the graphic design business for about 30 years. Starting in the 1980s, she worked for newspapers doing typesetting and paste-up. After that, learned about ‘desktop publishing’ and related technologies working for high tech companies like Microsoft and Aldus (now Adobe) as a freelancer. From 1990 to 2003, she did print production management, layout design, and electronic production for one of Seattle’s best design companies, Methodologie (formerly TeamDesign). Since 2003, she has been a self-employed designer/production artist, working with large companies like Microsoft and local companies like Glerup Revere packaging, as well as smaller companies as well. Carrie can handle a project of any size, from business papers to letterheads to signage and displays to annual reports, and complete them on time, and on budget.

Mark Wangerin

Mark's earliest childhood memories are fishing with his grandfather on Long Island Sound and his father in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. Family vacations were often spent visiting his cousins at one of the several National Wildlife Refuges his uncle managed. The natural world was always a passion for Mark. Upon graduating high school, he headed straight for the Pacific Northwest.  At Oregon State University and the University of Washington he studied Zoology and Oceanography. Early in his career he was a Fisheries Biologist, working on projects in Alaska. This is where he became interested in wildlife and nature photography.  His personal vacations have always been centered around natural experiences in a variety of exciting environments. When he became a teacher, he used an extensive slide collection as a tool to motivate, challenge, and inspire young people to care about the natural world. He finished his career with the Seattle School District. Today he is retired and lives in West Seattle where he enjoys taking photographs and is determined to document the amazing “Wildlife of West Seattle.” His work is often seen on the West Seattle Blog.