Driven by a passion for JUSTICE.
After almost 45 years in the law, I have seen the legal system at its best and worst; but just as importantly, I have witnessed the system as an American citizen. Legal rights in America have been under fire for quite some time, and each instance presents its share of opportunities to stand up and fight.
In 1982, I was one of the first attorneys to sue the Catholic Church in a case of sexual abuse by clergy. After winning the case for my client, I spent subsequent decades ruminating about the corruption and conspiratorial opposition we faced. I felt it merited national attention and promised myself I would, someday, write a book about it. In 2016, my first novel, Betrayal of Faith, was born.
That could have been it - I had said my peace - fulfilled my bucket list item, but 2016 seemed to highlight this country's injustices. Government and corporate betrayals of people's rights got demonstrably worse. People's rights are drastically eroded by government, political, and corporate greed and influence, while most citizens remain unaware of the harm being done. I decided to use novel-writing to increase public awareness: Our precious civil and criminal rights are being erased!
My "ripped from the headlines" novels tackle real legal and social justice issues, faced by millions of Americans every day. I take readers deep into courtroom battles, fought to protect our most precious rights. While I hope that every reader finds my novels entertaining, I also hope they gain new perspective. Our nation and world will not wait for us to fully appreciate the erosion of justice in our civil and criminal systems
What should this country stand for? Citizens are quite divided; I feel obligated to share what I know—nudge my readers in a pro-justice, pro-citizen direction. Through my books, blogs, media content, and appearances on others' platforms, I will continue to call out abuses of power and empower We the People to fight for our constitutional rights.
Bello's Views on Important Social Justice Issues
and Being an Author
On His Sense of Social Justice
On Writing a President versus Real Presidents
On the Rise of White Supremacy in America
On Multi-Culturalism in America
On Black Lives Matter
On Policing Issues in America
On Effective Gun Control and the 2nd Amendment
On Sexual Assault, Truth to Power, and the Me Too Movement
On the Civil Justice System and Rights
On Writing His Protagonist Zachary Blake
On Trying the Clergy Abuse Case that Led to His 1st Novel
On the Meaning of Justice
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About Mark / Byline Bio
Mark Bello is an attorney, civil justice advocate, award-winning author of the Zachary Blake Legal Thriller Series, and co-host of the "Justice Counts" podcast. One of the first to sue the Catholic Church over sexual abuse, Bello draws upon 44 years of courtroom experience and a passion for justice to write captivating novels and hard-hitting commentaries. Learn more at www.markmbello.com.
Mark Bello is an attorney, social justice advocate, award-winning author of the Zachary Blake Legal Thriller Series, and co-host of the "Justice Counts" podcast. He draws upon 44 years of courtroom experience, his passion for justice, and a creative writing style to pen captivating novels for his readers and hard-hitting commentaries on newsworthy events and controversies.
Bello was one of the first attorneys to sue the Catholic Church over sexual abuse by clergy, an experience that inspired his debut novel, Betrayal of Faith. Through his “ripped from the headlines” novels, he takes readers deep into the courtroom fights to protect our most precious rights and provides a front-row glimpse into what victims face when standing up for justice. His seventh novel, Betrayal at the Border, is scheduled for release at the end of the year.
A native of Detroit, Mich., Bello earned his law degree from Western Michigan University's Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Oakland University in Rochester.
In his books, articles, and blogs at www.markmbello.com, Bello calls out abuses of power as he empowers readers, the media, and ordinary citizens to champion social justice and fight for their rights as guaranteed by the Constitution.
Bello and his spouse, Tobye, have four children and eight grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his family. For more information, visit http://www.markmbello.com.
1. Starting with your legal career, since it drives your work as an author, how did you make the decision to become a lawyer?
2. Your first novel, Betrayal of Faith, was inspired by your experiences as one of the first attorneys to sue the Roman Catholic Church for sexual abuse by clergy. What happened in that Michigan case, and why do you consider it your most important case?
3. In almost four decades since those initial lawsuits, sexual abuse by clergy and the church’s attempts to cover it up have become a global scandal. What should the church have done to bring offenders to justice and protect kids?
4. What motivated you to continue on for 6 more novels and a novella?
5. Your second novel, Betrayal of Justice, features a bigoted president, Islamophobia, white supremacists, and a deeply divided nation. Is this a commentary on recent years, a warning about where our nation may be headed, or both?
6. Your third novel, Betrayal in Blue, warns about the rise and organizational skills of the White Supremacy movement in this country, culminating with the January 6th insurrection. Do you seriously believe that White Supremacy is a clear and present danger to our way of life or are these just a bunch of right-wing zealots?
7. Your fourth novel, Betrayal in Black, deals with police shootings of African Americans. What’s the story about, and what unique legal issues does it raise?
8. Betrayal High takes a deep dive into to complicated issues surrounding school shootings. Can we have gun control and Second Amendment rights?
9. We’ve seen powerful institutions, the entertainment industry and others, covering up sexual harassment or abuse. Your most recent book Supreme Betrayal tackles this issue. Do you think the Me Too movement will make a difference, or will the cover-ups continue?
10. Your latest book, Betrayal at the Border, tackles another hot-button issue, immigration. Do you believe America is compassionate enough on immigration?
11. All of your books draw inspiration from current events - one example is the 2016 presidential election. Why have post-2016 issues been so inspirational to your writing?
11. Has your life changed or do you view the world differently since becoming an author?
12. Your novels draw readers in to a world both familiar to our own yet unique in its characterizations. Any tips or tricks you are willing to share about how you go about doing this?
13. You often emphasize the critical importance of justice. Can you explain what you mean by "justice?" How might improved "justice" change our society, and can you give an example from your books illustrating justice or injustice in action?
14. Who should read the series and why?
15. Where can audiences purchase novels in the Zachary Blake Legal Thriller Series?