Mark Lawrence (author)

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Mark Lawrence
Born 1966 (age 51–52)
Occupation Writer, novelist, research scientist
Genre Fantasy
Notable works

The Broken Empire Trilogy

The Red Queen's War (Trilogy)
Website
MarkLawrence.buzz

Mark Lawrence (born 1966) is an American-British novelist who wrote The Broken Empire trilogy of fantasy books. In 2014, Lawrence won the David Gemmell Legend Awards for best novel for Emperor of Thorns.[1] He operates the annual Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off.

Biography[edit]

Mark Lawrence was born in 1966, in the United States. While he was still young, his parents moved to the United Kingdom.

Lawrence has a degree in physics and holds a PhD in mathematics.[2]

He is married and has four children.[3] Lawrence is the primary carer of his disabled child Celyn, and for this reason he does not travel to promote his books or attend conventions. He works as a novelist and was[4] a research scientist in the field of artificial intelligence. He has held secret level clearance with both US and UK governments.[5]

Since 2015, Lawrence operates the annual Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off, a literary contest intended to bring greater visibility to self-published English-language fantasy authors.[6][7]

Reception[edit]

Lawrence's first work, Prince of Thorns, was published by Ace / Voyager in August 2011 and was a finalist in the Goodreads Choice Award for "Best Fantasy 2011", a David Gemmell Morningstar Award Finalist in 2012 and short listed for the Prix Imaginales (Roman étranger) in 2013. Prince of Thorns was also one of Barnes & Noble's "Best Fantasy Releases of 2011".[8]

His second book, King of Thorns was published by Ace / Voyager in August 2012 and was again a finalist in the Goodreads Choice Award for "Best Fantasy 2012."[9] King of Thorns was also one of Barnes & Noble's "Best Fantasy Releases of 2012",[10] and a David Gemmell Legend Award Finalist in 2013.

The final book in the Broken Empire trilogy, Emperor of Thorns, was published by Ace / Voyager in August 2013. Sales in the first week got the book positioned on the Sunday Times Bestseller list. It also made the final of the Goodreads Choice Award (2013) and won the David Gemmell Legend Award (2014).

Prince of Fools, released in 2014 by Ace/Voyager in June, was a semi-finalist in the Goodreads Choice Award for "Best Fantasy 2014" in an expanded category. It was also a David Gemmell Legend Award Finalist in 2015.

The Liar's Key, released in 2015 by Ace/Voyager in June was a semi-finalist in the Goodreads Choice Award for "Best Fantasy 2015", and won Lawrence a second David Gemmell Legend Award (2016).

The Wheel of Osheim, released in 2016 by Ace/Voyager in June was a semi-finalist in the Goodreads Choice Award for "Best Fantasy 2016".

His work is currently translated into 20 languages and he has sold over a million books worldwide.

In April 2015, at the London Book Fair, Harper Voyager announced the acquisition of a new epic fantasy trilogy - The Red Sister Trilogy. UK and Commonwealth rights (exc. Canada) for the Red Sister trilogy were acquired for a six-figure sum from Ian Drury at Sheil Land. Red Sister features Lawrence's first ever female protagonist, Nona; a girl with a mysterious past and a dangerous future. Lawrence has stated that this trilogy is not set in the world of the Broken Empire.[11]

Bibliography[edit]

The Broken Empire[edit]

  1. Prince of Thorns (2 August 2011)
  2. King of Thorns (7 August 2012)
  3. Emperor of Thorns (6 August 2013)

A short story entitled Sleeping Beauty set in the Broken Empire was released on 26 April 2014.

The Red Queen's War[edit]

  1. Prince of Fools (3 June 2014)
  2. The Liar's Key (June 2015)
  3. The Wheel of Osheim (2 June 2016)

The Book of the Ancestor[edit]

  1. Red Sister (April 2017)
  2. Grey Sister (April 2018)
  3. Holy Sister

Short and standalone works[edit]

  • Dark Tide (2012) released in Fading Light Anthology
  • Quick (2013) released in Triumph Over Tragedy Anthology
  • Select Mode (2013) released in Unfettered
  • Bad Seed (2014) released in Grimdark Magazine issue No. 1[12]
  • During the Dance (2014) A free standalone short story that is available on his Website
  • A Rescue (2015)- Available in Legends II: Stories in Honour of David Gemmell
  • Christmas Tale - A free standalone short story that is available on his Website
  • Locked In - A free standalone short story that is available on his Website
  • No Second Troy - A short story that is available in the Broken Empire Omnibus
  • Road Brothers - A short story collection that has 10 stories all set in The Broken Empire world.
  • Gunlaw (2015) A Standalone book that is serially released on Wattpad
  • Blood of the Red - A standalone books that is serially released on Wattpad
  • The Hero of Aral Pass (2017) released in Art of War: Anthology for Charity

Poetry[edit]

  • Sea Song - A free poem that is available on his Website
  • Stumble - A free poem that is available on his Website
  • Blue - A free poem that is available on his Website
  • Shouting for the Echo - A free poem that is available on his Website
  • High,Cold,Silent,Alone - A free poem that is available on his Website

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 July 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Let's talk nuns! Grey Sister is out this week. Ask Me Anything. • r/Fantasy". reddit. Retrieved 2018-04-05. 
  3. ^ "Guest Blog: Mark Lawrence, Author of PRINCE OF THORNS". Clarion Foundation. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Redundant". Retrieved 4 December 2015. 
  5. ^ "Mark Lawrence on Goodreads". Goodreads. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  6. ^ Cropley, Matthew (23 November 2017). "The Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off and the Evolution of Publishing". Grimdark Magazine. Retrieved 13 June 2018. 
  7. ^ Hughes, Laura M. "Self-Published Fantasy: How the SPFBO is Revitalising SFF". Fantasy Faction. Retrieved 13 June 2018. 
  8. ^ "The Best Fantasy Releases of 2011". Barnes & Nobles. Archived from the original on 15 February 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Best Fantasy 2012 -- Goodreads Choice Awards". Goodreads. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  10. ^ http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/t5/Explorations-The-BN-SciFi-and/The-Best-Fantasy-Releases-of-2012/ba-p/1427085[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Red Sister trilogy acquired by Voyager". Retrieved 4 December 2015. 
  12. ^ "Grimdark Magazine #1". Retrieved 27 January 2017. 

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