Change of order

Posted by on Sep 13, 2017 in New Books, News
Change of order

Following some very helpful advice from two of the agents that I sent the manuscript for Salting the Tears to, I have decided to put Captured in the Shadows on hold and make Half Seen my next book. Basically, it seems that biographical novels based on true stories are out of fashion — for debut […]

Newsletter launched

Posted by on Oct 16, 2016 in New Books, News
Newsletter launched

This morning, I launched my quarterly newsletter as a special thank you edition to all my early subscribers. Even if you’ve not yet joined my mailing list, you can view the inaugural edition by following this link: John Lawrence Newsletter, Autumn 2016. There’s a form enabling you to join my mailing list on the right-hand side of this post. […]

Captured in the Shadows – Witches & partisans in the forest

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in New Books, News
Captured in the Shadows – Witches & partisans in the forest

Chapter 11. As Harold goes for a walk in the forest and, later, as Celeste remembers the local folklore about the streghe (witches) the pair begin to understand the significance of the painting titled Diana at her bath and why it is positioned where it is in the hall, but progress in their mission to understand […]

Captured in the Shadows – Meet the characters Q&A

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in New Books, News
Captured in the Shadows – Meet the characters Q&A

Q. Before meeting the characters, can you tell us a little about where the story is set? A. Most of the story is set in the mountains of northern Tuscany, Italy in the comune of Fivizzano. The featured village of San Giorgio, where the hero and heroine live, is entirely fictitious, being drawn from several nearby hamlets, […]

Captured in the Shadows – Ahead of schedule

Posted by on Oct 1, 2016 in New Books, News
Captured in the Shadows – Ahead of schedule

The story is flowing perfectly and, like most plots, the parts that seemed hazy when I started have resolved themselves without my help. The main characters, Harold and Celeste, have already developed their own voices but it’s the props that are driving the storyline. Celeste’s house and the art on the walls inside are beginning to draw Harold […]

Captured in the Shadows – First chapter written

Posted by on Sep 25, 2016 in New Books, News
Captured in the Shadows – First chapter written

All the research and groundwork has been done so, today, I was able to get on with the actual writing of my second title, Captured in the Shadows. Certain works of art feature strongly as the story is set up, including a couple that might get taken down by Facebook if I choose to include them […]

Two new titles in the pipeline

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in New Books, News
Two new titles in the pipeline

Books three and four will probably, but not definitely, be as below. However, experience has taught me that the order in which novels get written is far more dependent on how and when the characters talk to me than it is on me trying to force the characters into shape. Reginald Trump is the working […]

Temporary cover images

Posted by on Sep 19, 2016 in New Books, News
Temporary cover images

The four temporary book cover images that I have used on this site are: For Salting the Tears Crimea, Livadia by Ilya Mashkov, painted in 1920 For Captured in the Shadows Partisans by Nicholas Roerich, painted in 1943 For Reginald Trump Salt Kettle, Bermuda by Winslow Homer, painted in 1899 For Killer on the Mountain A […]

Captured in the Shadows – work begins on 2nd novel

Posted by on Sep 9, 2016 in New Books, News
Captured in the Shadows – work begins on 2nd novel

Captured in the Shadows is the second novel by John Lawrence. John Lawrence’s second title is a tale of adventure, war and love. It’s 2014 in the fictional village of San Giorgio, in the Apuan mountains of Tuscany. British expat, Harold Bliss, notices something strange about the house above the one where he lives in the village. […]