With nothing better to do at the time, M. Lawrence wrote his first novella when he was 13 and living in the African bush. He quickly realized he was born to be a writer, though it took another twenty years for that to fully sink in. In the interim, he gained lots of life experience working as a newspaper copy editor, an advertising salesman, a museum curator, and a bookstore clerk. He finally decided he was meant to live overseas, and moved to the Middle Eastern country of Jordan to write freelance and teach English–where he still resides today with his family, nearly a decade later. When he’s not hanging out in cafés talking in Arabic with his friends and playing cards, he writes.