Joe Lawlor grew up on Long Island with three sisters and no brothers. To escape unwanted sisterly love, he hid himself away in his closet or sometimes in the limbs of the tall oak in his backyard. When he couldn’t get far enough away, his imagination was his escape. While other boys his age bashed their action figures together, Joe created extensive backstories and family histories for each.
Even at an early age, character motivation was important. These days, Joe works as a middle school English teacher. He enjoys the challenge of working with adolescents, while he secretly takes notes on his target audience.