JQM Literary Chat Welcomes Laurence St. John
Tell us about yourself:
I was born on January 11, 1965 in Toledo Ohio.
I have one older brother and two younger sisters. I, along with my parents, brother and sisters moved once while growing up to Genoa Ohio, just south of Toledo. While attending Genoa Area schools, I was active in track, football and baseball. Later, after I graduated from Genoa High School (Comets) in 1983, I worked for a few manufacturing companies.
At the age of 23 and after three years of dedication, hard work and sweat, in 1988, I received my first-degree black belt (Shodan) in Tae Kwon Do. This gave me the self-confidence and perseverance needed to surmount anything that came my way.
When I was 25 years old he fell in love then married the love of my life, Julie in 1990. I then adopted her two young wonderful children Joe and Jan shortly after.
Out of high school for nearly fifteen years and after persuaded by my former manager, I attended Owens State Community College where he obtained an Associate’s Degree in Microcomputer Business Systems while working full-time. In addition to computer classes, I enjoyed composition classes where I could free my mind and write what I wanted.
While working in the steel processing business for almost fifteen years, my place of employment changed hands, for the third time in 2006; fighting for myjob, again. In the same year my first granddaughter, Kendall, “Papa’s Angel” was born. I would describe this as one of the most uplifting moments of my life. In addition, it was during this time when my emotions were running wild; I became inspired as well as determined to write my penned-up thoughts on paper.
Nearly four years later, I had completed my first middle grade/teen fantasy/sci-fi novel, Metatron: The Angel Has Risen. In addition, my second novel, Metatron: The Mystical Blade, was published in August 2014. My latest novel, Metatron: Dagger of Mortality, was published in 2017. The next Metatron Series Novels are projected to be published in 2020 and 2022.
I currently live in Northwood Ohio with my wife of 30 years, Julie. My son Joe is married to Cari and they have three daughters, Kendall, Sadie and Harper. My daughter Jan is married to Andrew and they have a son Eli and a daughter Evelyn. I currently hold the position of Administrations Manager at Precision Strip, Inc. in Perrysburg Ohio, where I work full time. I continually write in my spare time; weekends and after work, and I’m endlessly inspired by my five grandkids Kendall, Elijah, Sadie, Evelyn and Harper.
What influenced you to write your current genre?
ever since I was a young kid, I had this story in my head. A boy with powers. Powers that were hidden inside along with his unique weapons. However, since I was involved with sports, I didn’t take the time to write on paper what I had in my head. Around 14 years ago, as I was about to fall asleep, I heard a voice that said “Laurence write your book”. I sat up in bed then looked around. Nobody was in the room. As I laid back down, I thought of only one person that spoke to me; Jesus. The next day, I began writing…
Who was a big influence — Stan Lee, who is the co-creator of Marvel Comics. I love his creative mind along with all his awesome characters he brought to life.
Who are your favorite authors?
What are your favorite books?
Percy Jackson Series
The Mortal Instruments
The Da Vinci Code
Who are your favorite literary characters?
Marvel Characters (Most of them)
Tyler Thompson AKA: Metatron
Star Wars characters
Is there anything you want to share with potential readers?
Whatever your endeavors, rise above your self doubts. Life is full of choices, try to make the correct one.
My stories have no hard violence, bloodshed or cursing.My hope is that everyone enjoy my stories and leaves a positive impact on their lives.
Where can we go to learn more about you and your literary works?
Paperbacks, eBooks and audiobooks can be purchased at Amazon, Books-A-Million and Barnes & Noble – see my website for a complete list of suppliers at http://www.laurencestjohn.com
And for a Special Treat to Everyone who has read this far, an excerpt from Metatron Book 4:
Tyler gazed at Pat dumbfounded. Tears began materializing. “For once in my life I’m speechless. I need someone to pinch me because I must be dreaming.”
Pat reached up and pinched his earlobe.
“Ouch!” Tyler screamed. “Now I know what it must feel like to get an ear pierced.”
Pat laughed. “You’re not dreaming young one.”
“Wow, this news is so incredible! Again, I’m very grateful and honored for his teachings. And, yours as well Pat.”
“You’re quite welcome Tyler, it is well deserved. You are further advanced with your skills than Jhoon and much more highly developed than I will ever be.”
“I appreciate your kind words Pat. I’m humbled.” Tyler had a puzzled look on his face as he scratched his head.
“I take it from your facial expression that something more important is on your mind?”
“Well, yes. Master Rhee mentioned something about concealing my identity. Has he ever talked with you about that? Why would he say that? Iron Man, Thor and Captain America just to name a few don’t hide their identity, so why should I hide mine?”
“Those characters aren’t real.”
“So, you think,” Tyler winked.
“I believe his reasoning isn’t for your benefit but your family and friends.”
Tyler pondered for a few seconds. “Maybe you’re right,” he mumbled.
“You have shown your weakness to that immoral Black Shadow — your love for your family, therefore evildoers will forevermore use that against you.”