Born in Ireland, Laura Jane Schwartz (née O’Gorman) grew up in Japan, Singapore and New Jersey before attending Bard College in upper New York. While majoring in Japanese Studies, she gulped down as many literature and creative writing classes as possible.

Laura can’t remember a time when she wasn’t writing. To this day, she continues to add to the unbroken chain of personal journals begun when she was 7. During high school, she was invited to read her poems at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, and was selected as one of the winners of the 16th Rutgers Newark New Jersey High School Poetry Contest.

In adulthood, her focus is now on short stories, articles and especially long-form fiction. Her articles on travel, Asian culture and a myriad of other topics have been consistently featured in the Singapore American Newspaper since May 2013. Among her favorites are her piece on visiting North Korea and her piece on Myanmar’s isolated Inle Lake. Laura was also a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal: Expat for two years, which gave her the opportunity to analyze the ways different cultures consider small talk and to interview Singaporean YouTubers. This past year, her short stories have been published by FIVE:2:ONE and Thoughtful Dog

At the top of her long list of beloved books are Michael Cunningham’s The Hours, Banana Yoshimoto’s Kitchen, Alice Hoffman’s Practical Magic, Richard Yates’s Revolutionary Road, and, of course, The Great Gatsby.

She returned to Singapore in 2012 and currently resides there with her husband and the sunbird that frequents their balcony.