J.M. Lawler

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J. M. Lawler (first name Jann) grew up devouring doomed love stories and drawing her favorite tragic characters. Then she didn’t draw them so much and began writing more. Either way, hunched over a desk exploring her mind has been her path. Having completed a Political Science and Korean language degree at the Australian National University, Jann went on to to nothing remotely associated with politics or Korean. She’s the mother of two young adults, but has also been a Police Officer, Intelligence Analyst, speech writer, lazy rock climber, and wannabe intrepid explorer.

Jann prides herself on writing high fantasy love stories with an edge. She loves to transport readers to a world where love is a perilous undertaking, the heroes and heroines

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J.M. Lawler With regards to how I decide which narrative is better, my work is predominantly character-driven so the narrative is derived from this focus. Much of…moreWith regards to how I decide which narrative is better, my work is predominantly character-driven so the narrative is derived from this focus. Much of the action is based in the internal landscape, the desires and needs of the characters, their choices and the impact of those choices.

The fictional medieval backdrop frames the characters in a time and place. What really interests me is the impact of events on the individuals in the story.

As for the outline...The River and the Ravages was written very organically. I didn't have a set plan for the story. The characters took me where the story needed to go. Book 2 which is a sequel, has a clear outline. I have deadlines this time!

And writing block is truly a luxury I can't afford. I fit writing in whenever I have pockets of time (I have a regular job!) and when I sit down to write, I bloody well make it count.

Thanks for your question Tonima.
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A barbarian. A pretty-boy good with a sword. A crippled torturer. And so begins Joe Abercrombie's first book in his First Law series. The first book I read in Joe Abercrombie's First Law series was book #6, Red Country. My expectations were pretty high as Red Country is bloody awesome. Which is not a fair way to begin book #1 when the a... Read more of this blog post »
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