He is also available to appear at book signings, to give presentations, and to sell a variety of articles related to northern New York history for inclusion in online and print publications.
Lawrence was born in Champlain, New York, and has lived in the North Country all his life. An avid outdoorsman, he has hiked, biked, climbed, and canoed throughout the Adirondacks for many years. Since childhood, Lawrence has also had a passion for writing, and his favorite subject is North Country/Adirondack history.
Lawrence published his first book, A History of the Altona Flat Rock, in 1980. For the chapter about the Altona blueberry business, he was awarded the 1980 McMaster's Prize for Historical Writing. Shortly thereafter, Lawrence began conducting research and interviews for his next planned book about Lyon Mountain, New York. He had three small children by this time, though, and publishing of that book, Lyon Mountain: The Tragedy of a Mining Town, was delayed until 2004. That was also the year in which Lawrence and his wife, Jill Jones, started their publishing company, Bloated Toe Enterprises.
The Lyon Mountain book was a great success and Lawrence has been a prolific writer ever since. He has written books about several subjects, including Churubusco; George Brendler, Chazy soccer coach; the Battle of Plattsburgh; serial killer Robert F. Garrow; and many more.
For his book, Oliver's War: An Adirondack Rebel Battles the Rockefeller Fortune (2007), Lawrence won the Adirondack Literary Award for Best Book of Nonfiction. He continues to research and write new books and articles, as well as help other regional authors publish their books through his publishing company. He also appears at various events each year, both by himself and with the North Country Authors.