Lawrence M. Schoen

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Lawrence M. Schoen holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, with a special focus in psycholinguistics. He spent ten years as a college professor, and has done extensive research in the areas of human memory and language. His background in the study of human behavior and the mind provide a principal metaphor for his fiction. He currently works as the director of research and chief compliance officer for a series of mental health and addiction recovery facilities in Philadelphia.
He's also one of the world's foremost authorities on the Klingon language, and since 1992 has championed the exploration of this constructed tongue and lectured on this unique topic throughout the world. In addition, he's the publisher behind a speculative fiction small
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Lawrence M. Schoen It's in the works. Right now I'm splitting my time between what will be (I hope) a traditionally published new series (that's the one about lost…moreIt's in the works. Right now I'm splitting my time between what will be (I hope) a traditionally published new series (that's the one about lost cities) and several new projects that I'll be releasing via the Indie press.

Current working title is The Lost City of Altinum, but who knows what it will be called when it comes out. I have the first book all mapped out and now I'm filling in the pieces. I was supposed to have a finished draft by the end of 2018, but that didn't happen. Maybe in another month? Then, once I have a draft, I'll tear into it from beginning to end, reworking the bits, fleshing out sensory details in the various chapters, making sure that continuity works as I'm juggling three main characters and another half dozen supporting characters.

This series is going to be another set of books with multiple POVs (though I'm trying to limit it to no more than one per chapter). It will span at least four continents, and about six thousand years of human history. It will not be as literary/philosophical as my BARSK books, but won't be as light as my AMAZING CONROY books or the new, Indie projects I'm doing.

One teaser for you: one of of the supporting characters is Gilgamesh (and he's still alive in our time).(less)
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)
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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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“Magic is the deliberate manipulation of coincidence.”
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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.”
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Lawrence 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

Check it out.


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!

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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 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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