Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mark Birch  

Pen Name: Mark Eldrich

Genre: C:CHILD Fiction

Born: 1983 in Springfield, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Eldrich was born in Springfield, IL. and raised in Cantrall. In 1999 he lived in Lexington, KY. for nine months, upon returning to Illinois he finished his education and now works at the Illinois State Library.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mark Eldrich began writing at the age of thirteen with his entry in a local poetry contest called the ''The Write Stuff'', where he was named a finalist. The former youth pastor and current left-handed guitar player resides in the Midwest with his wife and two sons. He works full time at the Illinois State Library Talking Book and Braille Service. When he isn’t at the library or playing with his boys, you will find him at home writing stories. His next middle-grade novel, ''The Shaming Tree'', is due out in 2017.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- '''''Imaginary Boy''''' *Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award *Number 1 Kindle Bestseller/Special Needs in Canada and UK *Silver Medal for Juvenile fiction, Independent Publisher Book Awards, 2016