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, expat lifestyle articles and especially long-form fiction. She is currently working on a science fantasy trilogy.
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.
Her short fiction has been published in FIVE:2:ONE, Thoughtful Dog, The Shanghai Literary Review, Wraparound South, Ruminate Magazine, Ohio State University’s The Journal and The Birmingham Arts Journal. Her story “Sentimental Cartography” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
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 spouse and a cat that plays fetch.