The Genesis of My First Novel

John Edward Lawson

Last Burn in Hell coverWhen I started writing Last Burn in Hell I was not setting out to complete a novel. In fact I was just attempting to conduct research for a short story to submit for an anthology. During my research, though, I came across a peculiar website. See, I wanted to write about a prison guard and their relationship with an inmate. I wasn’t sure if it would be friendship or romantic. I wanted to explore the notion of knowing someone as they’re going through their final weeks and days leading up to execution.

What I found was a one-of-a-kind unique porn site apparently making use of security cameras and other footage, all depicting supposedly authentic encounters between prison guards and female death row inmates in several countries. Those countries were France, China, the United States, and one or two others. Why these nations? Because — according to the site at least…

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