Markus Innocenti was born in Glasgow, Scotland and emigrated to Canada in 1972 having dropped out of law school. He worked for Hudson's Bay Company in the Canadian Arctic then, still only twenty years old, became a newspaper editor in Edmonton, Alberta. Returning to the UK for the first of three marriages, he took jobs as a croupier, pizza chef, post-punk musician, actor and circus clown. In the early 80s he partnered in a design company responsible for the 'look' of music videos such as Wham's "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go". By the mid-1980s he was one of the most successful music video directors of the early MTV era, with credits that included videos for Bob Dylan, Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin. He co-wrote and directed indie movie "Murder Story" in 1989, starring Christopher Lee, then relocated to Los Angeles to develop film projects. His first novel, noir thriller "Friday Night Fish Fry", was published in 2016, followed by "Monster" and "Ripper", the first two titles in a three-part Victorian-era mystery series — "The Crimes of Il Sonnambulo". He is also the author of "The Filmmaker's Art" — a multi-title non-fiction series that draws on his career in film and television.