L. John Lawrence drew the authenticity for his first novel, Hello Wigwam from his own experience and observations as a Vietnam veteran and a career military man. He enlisted in the Air Force immediately after high school and following the Vietnam War was commissioned while on active duty. As an officer he was assigned to the military space program, participating in ballistic missile testing and launches of spy satellites and other spacecraft.
As NASA prepared for the first Space Shuttle flight, Lawrence was invited to join the team at Johnson Space Center, Houston. He was the “Voice of Mission Control, Houston,” for the first 24 Shuttle flights, and between missions he managed media relations and public affairs activity for the Shuttle program and its astronauts. In the subsequent years he held several executive-level positions in the Shuttle and Space Station programs, both in Houston and at NASA Headquarters, Washington.
Lawrence earned a Bachelor’s Degree cum laude at Texas A&M University, a Masters Degree in Public Administration, and a Ph.D. in Behavior. He has authored innumerable articles and professional publications, and has won several awards for fiction. He and his wife reside in a lakefront home in a rural area of Northeast Texas.