Laurence was born in London during the 1950s and after a stint teaching came to the US to pursue graduate studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has always loved books. In college he became the president of the University of Sussex Literary society and hosted luminaries like Saul Bellow, Allan Sillitoe, Dannie Abse, John Cleese and Edna O’Brian. After some college teaching he put himself through law school and became counsel to a US House of Representatives Subcommittee. From teaching to writing plays and short stories, Laurence has long been seeking ways to express his passion for literature.
“I love imagined worlds and the way well chosen words can take us there,” Laurence says. “What we are trying to do in this podcast is get close to the imaginative source of these magical words and worlds by talking to authors about the sources of their local sources of inspiration.”
Jessica is a product of the 1980s, born and raised in New Jersey. She won her first writing contest when she was nine years old. She never made another dime in fiction after that. She started her first novel in 1996 and is still working on it.
“Why can’t I finish this goddamned novel?” she asks. “Why?” She likes to travel, but reading published authors just makes her jealous. She’s lived/ worked/wandered in 40 countries and found a good book to read in each one.