Author of The Great Scottish Land Grab - a fictional vision for an independent Scotland, initially serialized in three books over the summer of 2014 and now available as a complete trilogy.
Born in Aberdeen, raised in the Shetland Isles and currently living in Central Scotland, Mark Anderson Smith has seen Scotland transformed since oil was discovered under the North Sea. Having lived in England for ten years and worked from 1999 till 2001 in Central Asia he has a unique perspective on what it means to be a Scot at home and abroad.
His two years in Central Asia were spent in the Republic of Tajikistan, a new country that declared independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Instead of resulting in freedom, independence led to a five year civil war - the consequences of which can still be found today.
Yet despite seeing the destructive power of a country that tried to tear itself apart, he also saw people willing to forgive, willing to work together, willing to fight for the future - without resorting to violence.
Mark has been blogging about his 100 goals since 2009. You can get some insight into who he is and how he thinks through this blog and his Twitter feed: @my100goals.