Mark Ortega lives in Washington State with his wife, Joan and their English Golden Retriever, Bentley. Mark retired from a successful career as a Mechanical Engineer. In 2014, he published a Kindle book called, "Outsmarting Yourself To Save Money & Build Wealth".In 2017, he published his second Kindle book, "Poems of Life". Both books are available on Amazon.com When not writing Mark likes to play the guitar. Other interests include photography, woodworking, furniture making, reading, and watching vintage movies.