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Lawrence M. Schoen

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Born
in Chicago, The United States
July 27, 1959

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Lawrence M. Schoen holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology and psycholinguistics. He spent ten years as a college professor, doing research in the areas of human memory and language. This was followed by seventeen years as the director of research for a medical center in Philadelphia that provided mental health and addiction services.
He’s also one of the world's foremost authorities on the Klingon language, and since 1992 has championed the exploration and use of this constructed tongue throughout the world. In addition, he works occasionally as a hypnotherapist specializing in authors' issues.
In 2007, he was a finalist for the Astounding Award for Best New Writer. He received a Hugo Award nomination for Best Short Story in 2010 and Nebula Aw
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Lawrence M. Schoen Hey, Alex,

I always intended this portion of the series to be a trilogy, and I have a third book outlined. Unfortunately, my publisher has expressed no…more
Hey, Alex,

I always intended this portion of the series to be a trilogy, and I have a third book outlined. Unfortunately, my publisher has expressed no interest in paying me to write that book.

The current plan is that in the second half of 2019 I will run a Kickstarter to fund the next book in the series, with an eye toward publishing it in early 2020.(less)
Lawrence M. Schoen Hi, Abby, thanks for the question.

The answer depends somewhat on the book. The BARSK books are intended for adults, but that's mainly because they dea…more
Hi, Abby, thanks for the question.

The answer depends somewhat on the book. The BARSK books are intended for adults, but that's mainly because they deal with some weighty philosophical ideas (discrimination, death, free will). My AMAZING CONROY series, or more recently the ADRENALINE RUSH series (co-authored with Brian Thorne) have a lighter tone and are less "thinky".

I don't believe any of my books have any overt or explicit sex scenes (I'm more of a "fade to black" writer). I think everything is appropriate for an intelligent adolescent and on up.

The one exception is my collection of poems, CREATURE ACADEMY which is very much aimed at younger readers.(less)
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I'm always trying to push myself as an author, trying new things, new approaches to storytelling. PIRATES OF MARZ is an example of this, breaking away from the way I've been writing other books of late (don't get me wrong, I'm happy with those other books, too). At the end of the day, readers will decide if my efforts succeed or failed. Is that your cue? Yep, I think it is.
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“Magic is the deliberate manipulation of coincidence.”
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“There were times when Pizlo knew he thought too much, and other times when he thought he knew too much. This time was neither of those.”
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“There's really only one choice you ever have to make in any act of creation. Will you be the instrument or the artist? If you're only now coming to realize that you've been a tool all your life, there's no one to blame for it but yourself. If you don't like that state of affairs, then act! Impose your will upon the world and walk your own path. If you don't, you'll just end up being a token in someone else's game; you'll continue to be used as they see fit. That's how the universe works. You don't have to like it, but you'd do well to get used to it.”
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“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
Ernest Hemingway

“If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
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“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”
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Lawrence M. Schoen Cool News of the Day:

The folks at The IF List have created a page so you can share your thoughts for casting BARSK. http://j.mp/CastBarsk

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Savannah Lawrence, thank you for the friendship..


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Ken Hi Lawrence :) Thanks for adding me :)


Harlequin Books Hello Lawrence, it is a pleasure to meet you. If you ever have any questions about Harlequin or our books, please feel free to ask.

Kim S, Harlequin Books ambassador


VampireNovelFan Thanks for the friendvite, Lawrence! Happy reading and best of luck with your writing!

VNF
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Melissa Thanks for the friend request! I know, it's a hard question to answer! Looking forward to sharing books with you!

Melissa


Taznim thanks for the add!


Kelly/yllektra Thanks for adding me! :)


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Carly Hey Lawrence, Thanks for the friendship :)


Lawrence M. Schoen Haylee wrote: "Hello, how are you? Thanks for the friend request! Look forward to discussing books with you
-Haylee"


Hi, Haylee. As a GoodReads Author, I just wanted to say "thank you" for being a GoodReads Librarian.


Haylee Hello, how are you? Thanks for the friend request! Look forward to discussing books with you
-Haylee


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Becca Hi Lawrence :D


Cheryl Landmark Thanks for the friend request, Lawrence.


Natasha Thank you for connecting with me, Its so good to have another book loving reader as a goodreads friend. I look forward to sharing my love of books with you. Please check out my book blog "Where Every Book = A New Adventure", if you haven't already. -♥-


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