Lawrence Allan is an award winning novelist who is Midwestern as f@!k. He loves heroes who use humor to cover up their own trauma. BIG FAT F@!K-UP is a finalist for the Shamus Award for Best First PI Novel and won two Claymore Awards at Killer Nashville, including Best Comedy. His second book, BIG F@!KING DEAL was nominated for a Claymore for Best Comedy. His work has also appeared in Shotgun Honey and the crime anthology WRONG TURN. He studied improvisation at The Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis and clowning and Commedia at Dell’arte, a physical theater school in Blue Lake, CA. He holds an MFA in Playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin and lives in Los Angeles.