Mark Penta was born in Framingham, Massachusetts, and spent every summer of his life in Falmouth on Cape Cod. A graduate of the University of Hartford Art School, he has taught drawing and cartooning at the Rhode Island School of Design, Dean College, and Mass Bay College. He has drawn caricatures of Alan Dershowitz and John Kenneth Galbraith, as well as of thousands of tourists at Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston. Penta's work has appeared in Boston's iTabi newspapers and Dell Magazine's iAlfred Hitchcock and Asimovi magazines. He has designed billboard art as well as six book covers for T.M. Murphy's iBelltown Mysteryi series. He lives in Framingham, Massachusetts.