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E. J. Lawrence

Discovering King Arthur, nonfiction, Issue 42, March 15 2018

E.J. Lawrence was born in Memphis, TN and grew up in a small Southern town by the Mississippi River. An avid reader from an early age, she discovered a love of fantasy (and England) when her dad bought her a copy of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Living in the country afforded many opportunities to explore fantastical worlds, and the woods behind her house became Terabithia, the corn field became the Great Eastern Sea, and her playhouse, a house in Hobbiton. These days she lives in Athens, GA, where she teaches English literature courses and is working on a fantasy novel, inspired by her love of Grail lore. Visit her at

Get to know E.J...

Birthdate? December 29
When did you start writing? In kindergarten, I wrote a book about a family of bunnies saying hello to their forest friends; but professionally, for about ten years.
When and what and where did you first get published? "Five Ways to Look at the Sky," Stylus, the Literary Magazine for Millsaps College, May 2006
What themes do you like to write about? I enjoy exploring the ideas of belonging, loyalty, home, and humanity's relationship to our past. I also like to write characters who must discover that doing the right thing very often looks like doing the wrong thing.
What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? The Tales of King Arthur have long resonated with me; the quest for the Grail is, as Brody so eloquently tells Indiana Jones, "the quest for the divine..." Ideals--fear, lust, perfection, the divine--are all given form, so the characters interact with them in ways we can't. It is a tale of tragedy, but also one of heroism and redemption. Though the style is medieval, the story is so very human.


Twitter? @litqueen1

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