Lillah Lawson has been writing since she was 8 years old, when she won a short story contest at her elementary school. The story was about a Princess who gets tired of waiting for the Prince to show up and saves herself. Once she saw her words printed in the local newspaper, she knew she wanted to be a writer.
Having written professionally for many years as well as dabbling in poetry, children’s fiction and essays, Lillah enjoys crossing lines when it comes to literary genres. Her debut novel, Monarchs Under the Sassafras Tree, was published by Regal House Publishing in 2019. Her second novel, the first in a dark fantasy trilogy, Dead Rockstar, was published by Parliament House Press in 2020. A sequel, The Wolfden, will be published in early 2022. Her short story The Lady and the Tall Man was published in the horror anthology Shiver: A Cold Weather Anthology, edited by Nico Bell, in February 2021.
In 2020, Lillah was a recipient of the UGA Willson Center/Flagpole Magazine micro-fellowship for “Living Through a Pandemic”. As part of the installation, Lillah’s short story Shoofly was showcased in an online and print exhibition hosted by the University of Georgia.
Lillah lived abroad in New Zealand for five years, where she attended Massey University, majoring in World Religions and Women’s Studies, two subjects which fueled her literary fire. She is especially fond of New Zealand culture and considers the country her second home.
In addition to writing, Lillah’s passions include cycling, playing bass, baking, genealogy, and travel. She is a voracious reader and music lover. Most of Lillah’s work takes place in her home state of Georgia, where she finds the culture, history and spirit to fuel her literary fire. She currently lives just outside of Athens, Georgia with her husband and son.