About the Author
I was raised in Pueblo, Colorado with a passel of brothers and one sister, then attended college at Seattle University and got a degree in engineering. After college, I went to work for the U.S. Navy as a nuclear engineer and spent about thirty years working for the Navy’s nuclear power program. I spent some time in Washington D.C., but most of my career was at a large naval shipyard in Bremerton, Washington. At the shipyard I managed a number of different organizations related to overhauling nuclear powered submarines, cruisers, and aircraft carriers. I ended my career as a member of the government’s Senior Executive Service and as the top civilian at the shipyard. The influence of my former career on my writing is discussed briefly in the “Behind the Books” section of this website.
So how’d I go from nuclear engineering to writing? The short answer is I like to write, it’s fun for me, so I tried my hand at it. I tell people that if you want to be a writer you need some talent, a lot of persistence, and a whole lot of luck. In 2004, I got very lucky: a fantastic agent liked The Inside Ring and got me a two-book deal with a publisher. By the end of 2021, I will have published eighteen novels, fifteen in my DeMarco series and three in my Kay Hamilton series. After that who knows.
Regarding my personal life, let’s just leave at: I’m married, live in the Pacific Northwest, and when I’m not writing, I mostly play golf – or in reality, do whatever my wife tells me to do.
What the critics say...
Lawson, a reliably excellent writer, is back with House Rivals . . . As always, Lawson’s plotting is ingenious and his characters memorable.
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