• Aaron J. Lawler

    Aaron J. Lawler has taught for fifteen years and has published peer-reviewed studies in humanities, technology, game theory and education. His mother taught him to tell stories, his father taught him to think independently, his wife pushed him to try. Aaron is a classically trained painter and holds advanced degrees in the humanities, education, and technology. He is in love with his wife, his two kids, and his dog; and always will be.


    The Marvelous Paracosm of Fitz Faraday and the Shapers of the Id

    is his debut novel published by Black Rose Writing.


    "I am a traveller in both the world and in the library. Writing allows me to design the journey, where I will go, what I will do, and who I will meet. Adventures in Europe, Canada, the States and Mexico opened me to new ideas. Philosophical jaunts changed who I am and the way I think. But writing allows me to wayfind. I can engineer a compass for my own path, following my own direction. The mindscape is an amazing place for a daytrip." - Aaron J. Lawler

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    About the Novel

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    After witnessing the murder of Professor Oliver Crowley, who has invented a way of bringing thoughts into physical reality, Fitz Faraday and his friends must exonerate the town bully, who is being framed for the murder. To do so, Fitz must master Professor Crowley’s technique of:


    “Thought becomes light and light becomes physical.”


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  • About Black Rose Writing

    "We publish only one genre... our genre."

    Black Rose Writing is an independent publishing house that strongly believes in developing a personal relationship with their authors. The Texas-based publishing company doesn't see authors as clients or just another number on a page, but rather as individual people.

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    CPRTV Interview by Jovie Calma A Conversation with Aaron J. Lawler, by Jovie Calma What a great interview with Jovie Calma from CPRTV Chicago Channel 25 and VIA Times. A big thank you to Jovie for taking the time to interview me and ask some intriguing questions about my process and my novel! ...
    Helen's Batty About Books Interview A Conversation with Aaron J. Lawler, by Helen Clare What a great interview with Helen Clare from Batty About Books. A big thank you to Jessica for taking the time to interview me and ask some intriguing questions about my process and my novel! Where do...
    The Book Cellar hosts its monthly Local Author Night! Join us for Local Author Night, featuring Joe Rulli (The Chicago Haymarket Affair), Aaron Lawler (The Marvelous Paracosm of Fitz Faraday and the Shapers of the Id), and Sandra Colbert (The Reason)! Bringing books and wine together in what...
    March 9, 2017
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    Jessica's Reading Room Interview A Conversation with Aaron J. Lawler, by Jessica Johnson What a great interview with Jessica Johnson from Jessica's Reading Room. A big thank you to Jessica for taking the time to interview me and ask some intriguing questions about my process and my novel! ...
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    My name is Aaron J. Lawler and I am a writer and educator.

    My wonderful family

    Without their love and support, I would be nowhere

    I am married to my best friend. We have been together for sixteen years and been married for eight years. We have a two year old son and a brand new baby girl! With my wife and my kids I am adventuring through life, and we are doing it together. That is what matters most to me.


    We love to travel, site see, explore and learn about the world and people. On any given weekend you might find us traveling Route 66, exploring temples from any number of religious traditions, taking photos at forest preserves, or at the library!

    Who am I?

    I wear a number of hats in life, and all of them make me a better me

    “When we learn something new, we are all a little like Don Quixote; for it was Cervantes who said, "Who reads much and walks much sees much and knows much." And that is the core of what I do - learning and helping others learn. I am a writer, an educator, a family man and a community leader.


    I have written a number of nonfiction publications in humanities, technology, game theory and education. I have been a teacher for 15 years from the littlest kids to adult learners to seniors in lifelong learning programs.


    My mother and father are incredible people. They support me in all of my endeavors and always have. My siblings have been my closest friends and together we are an inseparable clan. My wife is the most amazing, strong and talented person I know. She motivates me everyday to be a better me, and without her I would be lost. And my kids are my world.

  • 2017 Book Tour

    Dates, locations and events

    Face-to-face and Virtual Tour

    Continue to check back for updates!


    January 7th: Book Tour Launch

    11am - 12pm Author Talk; 12pm - 2pm Signing

    Barnes & Noble, 47 Chicago Ave #132, Naperville, IL 60540

    Thank you for the incredibly successful launch! (review found here)


    January 22nd: Facebook Live!

    6pm - 7pm, Meet the Author and Q&A


    Thank you for another fantastic event (recording found here)


    February 18th: Book Signing and Reading

    1pm - 3pm, Book Signing and discounted books with a cup of coffee

    The Village Grind Coffee & Tea Co

    19 Main St, Oswego, IL 60543

    A huge shoutout to the Village Grind! Thank you (review found here)


    February 18th: Twitter Live! & Facebook Live!

    1pm - 3pm, Virtual tour of the Village Grind




    March 4th: Alumni Book Signing and Q&A

    11am - 12pm Author Talk; 12pm - 1pm Signing

    North Central College, 100 E Jefferson Ave, Naperville, IL 60540

    Thank you again Eric and the North Central Bookstore staff! (review found here)


    March 15th: Local Author Night

    7pm - 9pm, Book Readings and Signing

    The Book Cellar Inc., 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago IL

    Thank you to the Book Cellar staff for a fantastic evening! (review found here)


    March 29th: Local Author Event

    6:30pm - 7:30pm, Book Readings and Signing

    Sugar Grove Library and Modest Coffee

    125 S. Municipal Drive, Sugar Grove IL


    April 7th: Facebook Live! and Twitter Live!

    6pm - 7:30pm, How to Publish with Small Press Tutorial




    May13th: Lisle Lit Fest

    2 - 4pm, Author Panel and Discussion

    Lisle Library
    777 Front St, Lisle, IL 60532


    June 10th and 11th: Chicago Printers Row Lit Fest

    Parking at Harrison and Clark, Chicago IL



    Save the date for future upcoming events!


    *October (TBD): Oswego Literary Fest

    Oswego Library

    TBD, Signature Speech from Authors

    32 West Jefferson St, Oswego, IL 60543


    *dates and events remain in planning phases, confirmations TBD


  • Curriculum

    This curriculum is aligned to Common Core Standards for grades 7th through 10th.

    Inside teachers will find a suggested teaching schedule for a 12 day literacy study using the reading strategy: a Compare and Contrast Structure. Each lesson includes collaborative and active learning strategies, supplemental resources, handouts, assessments, and additional readings.


    The Compare and Contrast structure is built on five domains (themes and motifs). Each corresponds to a literary, philosophical, cultural, scientific, and/or educational investigation. The following domains help students achieve Common Core Standards while simultaneously creating a rich and immersive literary experience: (1) Coming-of-age, (2) Morality, (3) Uncertainty and Certainty, (4) Psychology and Anthropology, and (5) Intellectual Courage,


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