Keep in touch

Lawson E. Vallery

My name is Lawson E. Vallery Jr. and I was born in Alexandria, Louisiana; USA in 1943. Before I turned a year old I was moved to Texas.

I grew up in the sand hills and oil fields of west Texas around Midland, Odessa and Abilene; "serious" cowboy country.

I started school at the age of six and by the time I was nine I knew trouble laid ahead. I never seemed to fit in. I was what they called at that time, slow. I simply could not learn to read. However; I had an almost photographic memory and an ear for music. In fact four of the greatest loves of my life were and are: hunting, fishing, my dogs and writing lyrics. They come in no particular order.

At the age of ten I began to take guitar lessons from a very young, and later to become famous, singer named Roy Orbison. Again that never worked out so well because I had such a hard time reading. I learned best by watching and then doing.

After failing the ninth grade again, I decided I had had enough of school and dropped out at the age of fifteen. At the age of seventeen I joined the military. I returned to civilian life in 1963, still with no high school education. So at that point I decided to go to Nickels State University in Thibodeaux, Louisiana and get myself a G.E.D.; General Equivalency high school Diploma. Because I had such a hard time reading, I was tested there and for the first time diagnosed with severe dyslexia. Nevertheless; with the help of the faculty I was able to achieve my diploma. I was then twenty two years old before I could prove to people I was neither slow nor stupid.

As I said, I was always gifted with a good ear, a good voice and a love of music. If I heard a song I liked, I never forgot the words. Even to this day I remember the words to all the songs I loved from the 50s’ and 60’s. At around age twenty- five I began to write my own lyrics and make up my own melodies but never really showed them to anyone because I was so ashamed of my poor spelling. Some I kept, but dozens; if not hundreds, of poems and lyrics disappeared over the years.

In 1975 I was working building oil production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico when I was asked if I would take a general superintendents position on an oil platform being built in the North Sea off the coast of Stavanger, Norway. Norway has been my home ever since.

I was now thirty-two years old with a job that held awesome responsibilities and I realized that I had to teach myself to read much, much better. So it was I began to read or, try to read, every English book I could get my

hands on; which was somewhat limited in Stavanger, Norway in 1975. However writers like James A. Michener and Stephen King were both popular and I will be forever grateful to them for writing books that were so interesting that I was able to teach myself to read. Spelling on the other hand was, is and always will be, a real challenge.

In 1977 I began to write again from time to time and saved a few poems.

In 1980 I was working fourteen days off shore and then home again for fourteen days and I still had not begun competitive shooting so time allowed me to write even more for a couple of years. Then in 1984, I started working in the Middle-East and Southeast Asia, travelling constantly. That and my growing addiction to competitive shooting; in addition running my dog kennel, occupied all of my waking hours when I wasn’t working; so twenty years of my poetry for the most part went to sleep.

In the year 2000 my first PC came into my life and I found out that I didn’t have to be able to spell. Anything close was usually good enough. Just "click tools" and away you go.

In 2005 at the age of sixty-two I met the love of my life, who is a "real" writer with a "real" education. After we had known one another for a while, I shared some of my work with her and she immediately told me that she thought it was very good and that perhaps I should take my writing more seriously as well as share it with others. So here I am and it is Susan I have to thank or blame (depending on what the future holds) for pushing or guiding me in the direction I always wanted to go and doing what I always wanted to do. Write my poetry and lyrics.

I have been out of the construction industry for a number of years now and sort of semi-retired from competitive shooting since 2007.  I do however have two hobbies that keep me more than a little busy. One is my kennel; Scooterbrookgundogs, where I am a fulltime dog breeder and trainer of working Cocker Spaniels. The other, of course, is my writing.

Books By Lawson E. Vallery

From The Heart

From The Heart
Lawson E. Vallery
ISBN: 978-8182532281