Born in Ireland, Laura Jane Schwartz (née O’Gorman) grew up in Japan, Singapore and New Jersey before attending Bard College in upper New York. While majoring in Japanese Studies, she gulped down as many literature and creative writing classes as possible.
A full time writer, she focuses on short stories, travel articles and especially long-form fiction. In addition to pitching her speculative fiction novel Dislocation to prospective agents, she is currently writing two new novels: one general fiction and one science fantasy.
Since May 2013, her articles on travel, Asian culture and a myriad of other topics have been featured almost every month in the Singapore American Newspaper (now the Living in Singapore magazine). Laura was also a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal: Expat for two years, which gave her the opportunity to analyze how different cultures approach small talk and to interview local YouTubers.
In addition to writing the Lifestyles chapter (renamed to Life as an Adult) for the 13th, 14th and 15th editions of the Living in Singapore reference guide, she also acted as Editorial Director for the 15th, providing extra copy along with final revisions.
She resides in Singapore with her husband and the sunbird that frequents their balcony.