Bio

Edward Lazellari was born in New York City when the Beatles were still a group. He began writing in the early '90s while working as an artist at Marvel Comics. After years as an illustrator, he enrolled in Rutgers University to earn his BA in English literature, with a concentration in creative writing.

Edward won Playboy magazine’s prestigious short fiction contest in 1999, and his story, “The Date” was published in the October issue. This was his first paycheck for prose and a big boost toward finishing his first fantasy novel, “Awakenings,” which he had begun years earlier. He graduated with highest honors in 1999 and began working as an editor in New York City.

 

From early on, Edward developed his knack for storytelling. As a child, he'd perform puppet shows for his younger sister, creating complex storylines for her menagerie of stuffed animals. He began drawing comic pages on construction paper, featuring those characters, and shortly after transitioned to drawing superheroes by copying the artwork of Neal Adams, Jose Garcia Lopez, and Curt Swan. Although he focused on visual storytelling such as film and graphic novels in his youth, Ed discovered the written word through the novels of Stephen King. The first novel he purchased not assigned by school was Salem’s Lot. This cascaded into a voracious torrent of King novels, including The Stand, The Talisman, The Shining, Night Shift, and others. Mr. King’s tome “On Writing” is one of his favorites on the craft.

Edward graduated from the Joe Kubert School of Art in Dover, N.J., in 1988, where he studied illustration, narrative art, and sequential storytelling. Although a story needed to be told differently depending on whether they were done for newsprint, television, or the silver screen, there were universal tenets to all good stories. A long daily commute to Marvel Comics from the northernmost end of the Bronx afforded many hours of reading time, and the author poured through almost fifty novels a year. After exhausting himself on sci-fi, fantasy, and horror, Edward decided, on a lark, to read those pesky classics, starting with Wuthering Heights, and a whole new world opened up. Through Steinbeck, Fitzgerald, Shakespeare, Voltaire and many others, the author developed an appreciation for complex themes, well-crafted prose, and poetry. The placement of words on a page has as much color and texture as any brushstroke made with pigment on canvas.

Ed's writing influences include: Stephen King, George R.R. Martin, J.K. Rowling, Roger Zelazny, Neil Gaiman, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, William Shakespeare, Anne Rice, Phillip K. Dick, Jonathan Franzen, Alan Moore, Audrey Neffenegger, Frank McCourt, Jean M. Auel, Ayn Rand, Frank Herbert, Larry Niven, Issac Asimov, Weis & Hickman, William Gibson, Toni Morrison, Jim Butcher, and Jane Austen.

Edward works as a financial editor for McGraw-Hill and lives in New Jersey.

 

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