Laurence A. St. John was born on January 11, 1965 in Toledo Ohio. Laurence has one older brother and two younger sisters. Laurence along with his parents, brother and sisters moved once while growing up to Genoa Ohio, just south of Toledo. While attending Genoa Area schools, he was active in track, football and baseball. Later, after he graduated from Genoa High School (Comets) in 1983, he worked for a few manufacturing companies.
At the age of 23 and after three years of dedication, hard work and sweat, in 1988, Laurence received his first-degree black belt (Shodan) in Tae Kwon Do. This gave him the self-confidence and perseverance needed to surmount anything that came his way.
When Laurence was 25 years old he fell in love then married the love of his life, Julie in 1990. He then adopted her two young wonderful children Joe and Jan shortly after.
Out of high school for nearly fifteen years and after persuaded by his former manager, Laurence attended Owens State Community College where he obtained an Associates Degree in Microcomputer Business Systems while working full-time. In addition to computer classes, he enjoyed composition classes where he could free his mind and write what he wanted.
While working in the steel processing business for almost fifteen years, Laurence’s place of employment changed hands, for the third time in 2006; fighting for his job, again. In the same year his first granddaughter, Kendall, “Papa’s Angel” was born. He described this as one of the most uplifting moments of his life. In addition, it was during this time when his emotions were running wild; he became inspired as well as determined to write his penned-up thoughts on paper.
Nearly four years later, he had completed his first middle grade fantasy novel, Metatron: The Angel Has Risen. His latest book is Metatron: The Mystical Blade.
Laurence currently lives in Northwood Ohio with his wife of 24 years, Julie. His son Joe is married to Cari and they have three daughters, Kendall, Sadie and Harper. His daughter Jan is married to Andrew and they have a son Eli and a daughter Evelyn. Laurence currently holds the position of Administrations Manager at Precision Strip, Inc. in Perrysburg Ohio, where he works full time. He continually writes in his spare time; weekends and after work, and is endlessly inspired by his five grandkids Kendall, Elijah, Sadie, Evelyn and Harper.
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Would you call yourself a born writer?
I think so. My writing started in my head when I was probably around ten years old. I had these cool characters and story lines in my head but I never acted on them. I was too busy playing sports and being a kid.
What was your inspiration for (METATRON: THE MYSTICAL BLADE)?
One day while working in the steel processing business for almost fifteen years, my place of employment changed hands, for the third time in 2006; fighting for my job, again. In the same year my first granddaughter, Kendall, “Papa’s Angel” was born. This as one of the most uplifting moments of my life – one of the few times I remember crying with happiness. In addition, it was during this time when my emotions were running wild; I became inspired as well as determined to write his penned-up thoughts on paper. My first novel was published in 2012. The second novel in the series, Metatron: The Mystical Blade was published August 2014.
What themes do you like to explore in your writing?
To believe in yourself; Whatever you want to do, you can rise above your doubts and attain anything you set your mind on doing.
How long did it take you to complete the novel?
This novel took me nearly six months to write then another three months for editing. Unfortunately, since I have a full time job that pays the bills it takes longer to write my books. Hopefully one day writing will be my full time job.
Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.
I am very much disciplined. I wish I had a typical day of writing. But when I do write which is usually at night and/or weekends I input all my recent thoughts then begin on the paragraph where I left off. I try to get at least 1000 words typed at one sitting. In the back of my head I’m constantly thinking of the first and last sentences of the book. They have to be the most awesome sentences – in my opinion.
What did you find most challenging about writing this book?
The most challenging aspect was trying to get the book written and edited in time to make the cut-off date of my publisher along with to make the story better than the first book. I think it came out pretty good.
What do you love most about being an author?
When my readers such as Jarod, a ten year old boy walked up to me after a church Christmas play a year ago and asked me, “Are you Mr. St. John who wrote Metatron The Angel Has Risen book?” “I replied, yes I am, did you read it?” “He replied, yes I did and I loved the book and the story – thank you for writing it!” That is what I love most.
Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?
This is actually my second book published by the same traditional publisher, Imajin Books. After my first book was completely drafted, I had no idea what to do next. Ironically, the next day in the mail was a quarterly letter from the college I graduated from – Owen State Community College. In it was an article about an alumnus who was also an author. And behold, his email address was also included in the article. I sent him an email introducing myself then asked some questions. Within a few days he actually called me and provided me with valuable advice and contact information of an author/editor. After my manuscript was edited by the author/editor along with another editor and query letters sent out to over 100 agents and publishers, I didn’t receive a contract. Contemplating the idea of self-publishing I sent out a help memo to my networking contacts from Facebook and Twitter. I received some great advice from many of them but most importantly a reply to have my manuscript reviewed. Finally, after a couple of months I was offered a contract with Imajin Books. I smiled so much my cheek muscles began to hurt. With my current novel, Metatron: The Mystical Blade, the process was so much easier. I’m happy with my current publisher however maybe someday I’ll acquire a much larger publisher; one that would stock books in bookstores and other retailers.
Where can we find you on the web?
My website has all my social networking sites along with where to purchase my novels.
Thank you for having me, I greatly appreciate it.