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Mark Lawrence is married with four children, one of whom is severely disabled. His day job is as a research scientist focused on various rather intractable problems in the field of artificial intelligence. He has held secret level clearance with both US and UK governments. At one point he was qualified to say 'this isn't rocket science ... oh wait, it actually is'.

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I'm not sure 'anti-hero' is the right word for Jorg:

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Jorg's character was inspired by Alex from Anthony Burgess' 1962 classic, A Clockwork Orange, who does those things. So that's one answer.

The other answer is 'why not'. It's not necessary (for most people) to like a characters in order that they be interested in what happens to them. Additionally is it interesting that we can like a character even when we don't like what that character does.(less)
Mark Lawrence I pronounce it like it's spelled. Like Bjorn Borg, or The Borg, but with a J. J, for jug, org as in the .org domain.

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I pronounce it like it's spelled. Like Bjorn Borg, or The Borg, but with a J. J, for jug, org as in the .org domain.

It was originally Jorge (like George) but Americans pronounce that as Hoor-Hey, so I lost the 'e'.

In the US audio book they say Jorg as I would (because they asked me).
In the UK audio book they say Yorg (they didn't ask me).(less)
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“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”
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message 45: by Mark

Mark Lawrence Clifton wrote: "Just started reading Prince of Thorns. Masterful!"

Great to hear, Clifton. If you've finished it then remember that all authors are grateful for readers who take a moment to hit that star rating button!


message 44: by Mark

Mark Lawrence Angela wrote: "I am so excited, I finally got to buy Prince of Thorns. It's been on my list for a while. I look forward to reading it."

I hope you like it when you get around to it. A glance at your books indicates that it may be a bit of a culture shock!


message 43: by Angela

Angela Theel I am so excited, I finally got to buy Prince of Thorns. It's been on my list for a while. I look forward to reading it.


message 42: by Clifton

Clifton Hill Just started reading Prince of Thorns. Masterful!


message 41: by Molly

Molly Hi Mark, I found some of your books under https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...


message 40: by Yami

Yami hi Mark, I keep finding your reviews on the same books that catch my attention either I read or in my TBR pile, so I was wondering if you going to read the rest of the Gentleman bastard by Scott Lynch anytime soon, would like to see your reviews on it, it is getting better and more complicated btw, i am nearly half way through the 3rd one.


message 39: by Molly

Molly Happy New Year, Mark!


message 38: by Molly

Molly Thanks for accepting my friend request. Love your work.
I hope to see a Croatian edition of the Broken Empire and Prince of Fools soon, for those unfortunate souls that don't read english. Looking forward to The Liar's Key.


message 37: by Benji

Benji Glaab Hey Mark thanks for accepting the friend request looking forward to discussing some great sff.


message 36: by Brooke

Brooke Thank you so much for adding me! Your work is amazing!


message 35: by Jola

Jola I finally read Prince of Thorns - great opening to a series!


message 34: by Marc

Marc Jones Just started Prince of fools.
Once again you have hooked me with the opening line.


message 33: by Jerome

Jerome Lim Hello there! I am shamelessly posting my Facebook share here, I would be very grateful if you could follow the link to Mark Lawrence's Facebook page and like my doctored image for the Prince of Foolscompetition! Thanks in advance and don't forget to check out the other images that have been entered!

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Marc Jones Mark wrote: "Marc wrote: "As much as I hate myself for pestering for spoilers but.....
Will we ever learn the final fate of Chella.....her chapters surprised me as being one of the best parts of Emperor of Thor..."



Thanks for the response Mark
The Chella Povs were one of the strongest parts of the book for me, you took a character who was pretty much alien and in possession of no redeeming quality's and turned it around....she was but no means like-able but she at-least appeared human and worthy of some empathy on my part.
If she managed to someone survive her last appearance shes gonna be a pretty broken woman in the new world Jorg wrought.


message 31: by Mark

Mark Lawrence Marc wrote: "As much as I hate myself for pestering for spoilers but.....
Will we ever learn the final fate of Chella.....her chapters surprised me as being one of the best parts of Emperor of Thorns."


I don't know. All I can say is that I don't know what happened/happens to any of the characters after I stop writing. Whether I'll ever write more about any of them ... who knows? Not me!

Glad you liked the Chella, chapters.


message 30: by Marc

Marc Jones As much as I hate myself for pestering for spoilers but.....
Will we ever learn the final fate of Chella.....her chapters surprised me as being one of the best parts of Emperor of Thorns.


message 29: by Krystal

Krystal Wolfe Hey, thanks very much for the add! I'm a huge fan (although you effectively crushed my heart at the end of Emperor of Thorns) but hey, you did warn us in the blurb. I wonder if that quote "..but do not follow me. Follow me, and I will break your heart" has a sneaky double meaning?


message 28: by Dorian

Dorian Hello. Thanks for adding me.


message 27: by Mark

Mark Lawrence Nevey Berry wrote: "Thanks for befriending me.

I love your book cover."


Hopefully by now you've loved what's underneath too :)


message 26: by Mark

Mark Lawrence Hudson wrote: "Hello Mark and thank you. I have just come back to fantasy after a very long absence and I am glad to be back. So far I have blazed through Martin, Sullivan and Hobb, Prince of Thorns is one of the..."

Welcome back! I took 10 years off myself - George Martin's books dragged me back & Robin Hobb kept me in after that.


message 25: by Hudson

Hudson Hello Mark and thank you. I have just come back to fantasy after a very long absence and I am glad to be back. So far I have blazed through Martin, Sullivan and Hobb, Prince of Thorns is one of the next on my list, can't wait!
Thanks also for your participation in the various groups and forums on Goodreads, as a fan I will tell you I really appreciate it!


message 24: by Daniel (last edited Aug 09, 2013 01:56PM)

Daniel Pepper I have to admit that if I had not have read your synopsis of prince of thorns I would not have guessed that the broken empire series was based in our own world in a different time period. I mean I was a bit weirded out over the way that 'spirit in the wall' was talking. But I still didn't realise. The fact actually makes me more excited to finally finish king of thorns and then start my copy of emperor.
I mean the philosopher references did make me suspicious but i thought you were just trying to provoke a sense of deja vu.


message 23: by Julia

Julia Thank you for accepting my friend request, Mark. :)


message 22: by Greg

Greg Repice I entered a contest last Christmas for a Bad "Elf on the shelf" picture. I was winning until all of a sudden these 4 other contestants jumped up 100's of voted in the last hours. I researched it and found out about proxy servers.
Saw Elf
http://www.fanpop.com/clubs/saw/image...


message 21: by Greg

Greg Repice Mark. It is hard to win online voting contest. People cheat and use proxy servers to give themselves more votes. So you did not loose last time.
"The Game is Rigged Man" Bodie -The Wire

You can actually hire companies from Asian countries to boost your online votes. Not to say you would ever do something like that. I just wanted to let you know what you are up against.


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Ann Wang Just received Prince of Thorns in the mail! I'm looking forward to reading it.


Nikoleta Thanks for the accept!!
I m so happy!!Your book is gonna be published in Greece soon!!!

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message 18: by Kyle

Kyle Just pre-ordered Empire of Thorns! Now I feel like I should have a sticker, or stamp or something showing it off... like they give us at the voting booth on election day.


message 17: by Mark

Mark Lawrence Nick wrote: "Mark, thanks for adding me. Huge fan of your writing.

Do you have plans to write any other novels within the Broken Empire Universe (after Emperor)?

Nick"


Yup - Just written one. Out 2014 if all goes to plan! Not a 'Jorg' book though.


message 16: by Nick

Nick Mark, thanks for adding me. Huge fan of your writing.

Do you have plans to write any other novels within the Broken Empire Universe (after Emperor)?

Nick


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Mark Lawrence Tim wrote: "Sorry Celyn didn't make it into the finals."

robbed! I demand a recount!


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Mark Lawrence Todd wrote: "Hey Mark, I'm a teacher always trying to hunt down good books. Do you have any children books that you'd consider must reads?"

Sorry I missed this - I guess it all depends on the age. Many classics I loved seem too slow for modern kids (Stig of the Dump, Weirdstone of Brisengamen), Dahl still seems to work (Fantastic Mr Fox etc). My daughter _loves_ Lauren Child, especially the Claric Bean books. But there's no beating Wheel-Mouse vs All The Crazy Robots!


message 13: by Todd

Todd Hey Mark, I'm a teacher always trying to hunt down good books. Do you have any children books that you'd consider must reads?


message 12: by Mark

Mark Lawrence Nevey Berry wrote: "Hello Mark,
I wonder if you have a Twitter I would love to add you over there :) .

Nevey."


Sorry - missed this one! It's @mark__lawrence (2 underscores)


message 11: by Tim

Tim Marquitz Sorry Celyn didn't make it into the finals.


message 10: by Lucinda

Lucinda Dear Mark,
It is an honor and real privalidge to connect with you here on GoodReads. The Broken Empire trilogy is quite remarkable and just wonderful, and as a fan of the fantasy genre as well i would like to thank you for being my friend.
Kind Regards
Lucinda x


message 9: by Nevey

Nevey Hello Mark,
I wonder if you have a Twitter I would love to add you over there :) .

Nevey.


Devraj Thanks for the add! I'm from India and am a big fan of your work. The best moment for me in the book was the door with the artificial intelligence. I simply loved the whole concept. I can't wait for the second book! Kudos to you again, cheers!


Christine Hatfield thanks for being my friend


kamelin See, now i have 3 more friends! What can a girl ask for more?
,-P


message 5: by Yami

Yami thanks for the add, your book is brilliant, and although u shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but this one is one hell of art,and PERFECT for the novel, it kept calling me since i saw it in the goodreads voting list,and so i answered it , read it WOW ,cant wait for the next one ,thank you :)
p.s if they asked me to hang a book cover poster in my room i will choose the " prince of thorns"


Aliraluna thanks for the add! really want to read your book ;)


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Mark Lawrence Rachel wrote: "Thanks for the request acceptance! =-D"

you liked my short story, how could I say no? :)


Rachel Triska Thanks for the request acceptance! =-D


message 1: by Nevey

Nevey Thanks for befriending me.

I love your book cover.


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