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Ross Lawhead

Ross Lawhead

Ross Lawhead studied screenplay writing for film and television at Bournemouth University in England. He is the co-writer and penciler on the !HERO comic books and graphic novel. Ross lives in Oxford, England. With a thrilling narrative that draws heavily upon British mythology, The Realms Thereunder will quickly establish Ross Lawhead as a major new voice in fantasy.
Ross Lawhead: Legends and Lore

Ross Lawhead: Legends and Lore

(March 2013)
Katie Hart
Ross Lawhead brings ancient myths to life as his novels explore hidden realms beneath Great Britain.

As a second-generation novelist (his father is author Stephen R. Lawhead), Ross has been writing for as long as he can remember. “For whatever reason, writing is just how I express myself best— not just to others, but to myself. I’ve found that writing is something that I always need to be doing in order to be well-adjusted.”

Ross credits living most of his life in England for his deep love of history. “History is very thick on the ground over here—I mean literally thick, you trip over it,” he says. “In a second-hand bookstore I’ll come across a medieval translation of a French history of Britain, or a transcript of an Icelandic warrior saga. That stuff is like rocket fuel to my imagination.”

He draws on that history for his Ancient Earth trilogy, preferring to populate his story with legends. “Instead of making new fictional truths,” he shares, “I wanted to use ones that have existed for centuries, if not millennia.”

His characters are more flawed than typical in fiction, but Ross sees that as a more accurate portrayal of the human condition. “I think we as humans want to have near-perfect, clear-cut heroes in our stories, movies, whatever, and if not someone who is perfect, at least someone who is innocent,” he says. “So in creating characters that are realistic, I’ve built into them some of the awfulness that’s in all of us that we don’t want to look at—so no wonder people are put off by them!”

Ross has a lighter side as well. “I’m a nerd in about 30 different ways—I’m a “Doctor Who” nerd, a Star Wars buff, I adore silent movies as well as playing massively complex board games. I have maintained a lifelong devotion to the Fantastic Four since I was 13.”


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