Let me give you a bit of the unvarnished truth about myself. I publish my work under the pseudonym John Lawe.
Unlike many authors, I didn’t grow up always wanting to write. I didn’t even like to read. My interest in reading and writing came later in my journey, but more on that later.
After reaching adulthood, in the chronological sense, I completed my college education, served in the Army and then chose a career in law enforcement. As an FBI agent, I investigated a wide variety of crimes; theft, fraud, fugitives, extortion and kidnapping, to name a few. After my federal employment, I worked as an investigator for an agency that regulated the ethical conduct of Oregon public officials. My investigative experiences have also included being a licensed private investigator and a volunteer detective on a cold case squad.
As to my interest in reading and writing, I was a homesteader for seven years on an island in southeast Alaska, seventeen miles from nowhere. With little to no experience, I had to learn everything about building a cabin, a water system and installing a flush toilet [My wife insisted on this]. With no internet, books provided most of my information and training.
I have vivid memories of how, after dark, I would sit with my books in our 10’x13’ canvas wall tent. By candle light, I would read how to lay out the floor, erect a wall and frame a window or whatever the next stage required. The following day I would go to the building site and make use of the knowledge I acquired in our dimly lit tent. Day by day, step by step I finished our cabin. The process of building, creating a water system and installing a septic tank, taught me that I could learn to do anything from books.
When construction was done and winter set in, I began to read fiction. Every two weeks we took our skiff into the nearest town. We’d do our subsistence hunting in the grocery store, pickup mail and check out as many library books as we could carry. I enjoyed a variety of stories but I was drawn to mysteries, real crime, suspense and spy thrillers. There are many good authors to choose from, but one who stood out in my formative years, as a reader and writer, was the late, Robert B. Parker. I enjoyed the artful way he used “smart-alecky” dialogue to entertain as he tweaked the tension and pacing in his stories.
During my homesteading years, I developed a desire to create stories drawing on my real life experiences as an investigator and as an observer of human nature, good and bad. A Christian worldview is often reflected in my writing. The prism through which I observe life is framed by Biblical teaching. On the personal side, I have an informed faith in God’s promise of salvation through Christ, my Savior and Advocate.
When life in the “writing trench” gets me down, I look at a framed quote from W. Somerset Maugham over my desk:
“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”
Don’t ask me why, but the saying brings a smile to my lips.
I live in Oregon on the eastern edge of the Willamette Valley. My wife, partner and soul-mate keeps me company and our two Border Terriers provide entertainment. When I am not writing, weather permitting, I go cycling, swim in the river out back or do “yucky” yard work.
Thank you for the visit.