Adam Lawrence, is 30 years of age and lives in Croydon, though splits much of his time between London and Stoke-On-Trent.
Adam decided he wanted to be a writer from an early age. From the age of eleven to be precise, after deciding he didn't like the endings of his favourite stories and set about writing his own.
What started as comics grew into fully formed novels and many of the best ideas he created as a child are still used today.
Although a fan of science fiction and fantasy all his life Adam spends most of his time writing horror stories, which he feels is his strongest work.
After suffering nightmares as a child he found writing about what frightened him helpful and an inspiration.
He spent several years completing a degree in Computer Visualisation and Animation from Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication.
With his great love of art and drawing Adam was lucky enough to work on a couple of computer games but now dedicates a lot of his time to writing.
He signed for Kensington Gore Publishing in early 2016 and his first book Magic Box, strangely fantasy will be published in the summer and more books horror and fantasy will follow soon.
We at Kensington Gore Publishing are so pleased to work with a young talented author that we know will go places.
1. I play a lot of videogames, ranging from Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Pokemon, the Legend of Zelda, Diablo, Fallout and Doom.
My "party trick," if you could call it that, is completing Resident Evil 2 in under two hours without saving or using first aid sprays.
2. My head doesn't sweat. I guess, I'm naturally cool headed. I've also never broken a bone, mine or anyone else's.
3. I am a big fan of Formula One, and tend to follow Red Bull, McLaren, Renault and
Williams and was lucky enough to see the British Grand Prix in 2008
I'm particularly fond of current drivers Sebastian Vettel, Jenson Button, Kimi Raikkonen, Valtteri Bottas and Nico Hulkenberg.
4. Music is a big inspiration to me as I listen to a lot of it while I write. I find it helps me focus.
I like Marilyn Manson, Killswitch Engage, 36 Crazyfists, Garbage, Muse, Skunk Anansie and an array of soundtracks.
5. My favourite food is either double cheeseburgers, pizza or sushi. I have a strong interest in Japanese food and culture, especially noodles.
6. I've a near-complete knowledge of Star Trek - especially Voyager, and close to perfect with Doctor Who. That would be my specialist subject on Mastermind.
7. My name is in the Q/A Credits for the video game Lego Pirates of the Caribbean. Getting paid to play games is by far the most fun job I've ever had, up till now.
KG: What or who inspired you to be a writer?
AL: Growing up, and even now, I can get so passionate about things. I'd watch cartoons on television and read books that captured my imagination and become so fired up by them, but often found myself wanting more. So I'd start dreaming up my own endings, my own side stories for my favourite characters and before I knew it I had entire plots of my own. The idea of being able to inspire others, in the same way that other people's visions inspired me is a strong motivator as a creator.
KG: What gave you the idea of your latest book?
AL: The idea of Magic Box was primarily the idea that even the most average of people could step up to be a hero when faced with the end of the world. I've always loved stories about myths and magic and I wanted to tell a tale exploring young people dealing with their normal lives while coping with the exploration of magic and the collision of those two very different worlds.
KG: Who is your favourite writer?
AL: I would have to say Stephen King. The man has such an incredible imagination stretching across so many wonderful stories it's impossible to name anyone else. Having read several interviews with the man himself I find his advice about writing and the creative process particularly helpful. My favourite story has to be 'The Dark Tower' series of books.
KG: What's your favourite book?
AL: Either 'Spiral' by Koji Suzuki or 'Queen of the Damned' by Anne Rice. 'Spiral' is a fantastically tense mystery that never fails to excite me, with strong leanings in horror and science-fiction. 'Queen of the Damned' for me is Anne Rice's perfect work, with fantastic characterization and the culmination of the story started with 'Interview with the Vampire'.
KG: Do you read a lot? If so what are you reading right now?
AL: I try to read as much as I can and currently I'm reading through 'World War Z' by Max Brooks again. I've read it before but it's certainly one of my favourites for the chilling and real-world way it describes the aftermath of a zombie invasion.
KG: What writing projects are you working on at the moment?
AL: My latest project is a horror story involving dragons which I'm particularly fond of and about halfway through. I also am working on editing an older story and writing ideas for further books. I find it's good to know where I'm heading.
KG: Where do you see yourself and your writing in five years time?
AL: I'd love to say rich! Honestly I hope to continue improving my skills and abilities in writing and explore topics and stories that will challenge my imagination. I wouldn't mind doing a few sequels to the stories I've already written too!
KG: What do you like most about writing?
AL: I enjoy the escapism that writing provides – the ability to visit other worlds and meeting strange new individuals. I think being able to tell engaging stories to people that fire their imaginations or giving them an emotional reaction is particularly rewarding.
KG: What one writing tip would you share?
AL: Accept that you are always going to be your biggest critic. No matter what you write you'll always believe you could have done better and so you need to not only learn from that but learn to let go. Every piece of writing you do is a learning experience and though the urge to make a thousand and one corrections is tempting you have to learn when to take a step back or you'll get nothing done.
KG: What would you say to inspire young writers?
AL: Never give up! Honestly writing isn't easy and sometimes you can get so lost that the end goal of the completed story might seem an impossible mountain to climb. My advice would be to keep pressing on no matter how worried you are and no matter how hard it becomes, because anyone can have an idea for a story but until it is there on paper and not in your head it's just an idea.
© Kensington Gore Publishing 2016
Have you ever felt bored of your life?
Wish there was something more? You'll wish you hadn't.
Felicity Hannigan & Treymane Boen are shop workers in the local supermarket. Doing their best to navigate the social minefield's & responsibilities of modern life.
Unlikely heroes you might think. But when they stumble across a magical and enchanting secret kept hidden from the world for thousands of years, all that changes in the blink of an eye.
But all things come with a price. Tremayne and Felicity quickly find themselves well in over their heads – and when the fate of the entire world rests upon their unlikely shoulders, they have to think outside of The Magic Box.
Magic Box is the debut fantasy novel by Adam Lawrence.
Adam, who also is an accomplished artist and designer, is a young writer from Croydon, England.
Writing Sci-Fi, fantasy & horror is his life.