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JM Lawler

Born in Murwillumbah, NSW, J. M. Lawler (first name Jann) grew up creating whole worlds and drawing them. Then she didn’t draw them so much and began writing more. Either way, hunched over a desk exploring her mind has been her path.

Having completed a Political Science and Korean language degree at the Australian National University in Canberra, J. M. Lawler moved to Sydney, rock-climbed in any spare moment she had, and ended up as a Police Officer and then Intelligence Analyst.

Moving to Adelaide the resume grew to include Project Management and speech writing for a Member of Parliament; and the personal life stretched into motherhood, craft and making, endless reading and writing (and the occasional rock-climb). J. M. Lawler lives in Adelaide with her two children, Tilly the cat, a couple of chooks and an enormous garden.

The River and the Ravages is her first book. She is currently working on her second novel.


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