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.
Lately, she has focused 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 young adult fantasy. Her speculative fiction novel Politicomma is updated on Wattpad every Thursday. She is also the sole content creator for the blog of travel company StraitsJourneys.
Laura can’t remember a time when she wasn’t reading and writing. To this day, she continues to add to the unbroken chain of personal journals begun when she was 7. During high school, she was invited to read her poems at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, and was selected as one of the winners of the 16th Rutgers Newark New Jersey High School Poetry Contest.
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, the most popular being her piece on visiting North Korea and her piece on Myanmar’s isolated Inle Lake. 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. Her short stories have been published by FIVE:2:ONE, Thoughtful Dog, The Shanghai Literary Review, Wraparound South and Ruminate Magazine.
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.
At the top of a long list of favorite books are: Michael Cunningham’s The Hours, Banana Yoshimoto’s Kitchen, Sylvia Plath’s Unabridged Journals, Alice Hoffman’s Practical Magic, Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas, Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita, Rebecca Solnit’s A Field Guide to Getting Lost, Richard Yates’s Revolutionary Road, Donald Richie’s Japan Journals and, of course, Anna Karenina and The Great Gatsby.
She resides in Singapore with her husband and the sunbird that frequents their balcony.