Lifelong residents of Mississippi, David Donaldson and Mark Grisham have known each other since grade school. Following high school, their education took them in separate directions. When they returned to their hometown, the two decided to try their hands at writing a novel together. Mark's love of the Civil War and southern history, combined with David's fascination with psychology and mental health, led them to write Bedlam South
. They have recently completed their second novel, Wicked River
, about the period preceding the Civil War as momentum for the secession was building.