Dan Lawton, a 2007 graduate of Belmont High School, recently released his first crime-thriller novel, "Deception," now available through Amazon.com. (Courtesy Photo) (click for larger version)
July 08, 2015BELMONT — Belmont resident Dan Lawton had his dreams come true with the publication of his first book, "Deception," the fictional tale of a gang of hit men who murder a small town sheriff, and his son's mission to hunt them down and bring them to justice.
The story doesn't end there, though.
Along the way, Billy meets up with Alicia, a Cuban immigrant who also conspires to steal money and take down the leader of the gang, and from there the action keeps building.
"They're fictional people, and weren't based on anyone I knew, but they've become very real to me now," said Lawton.
A 2007 graduate of Belmont High School, Lawton went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude from New England College in 2011. Today, he works as a technical writer for Continental Biomass Industries, Terex Corporation, in southern New Hampshire and lives in Belmont with his wife and young daughter.
"My wife supports me very much in my writing," Lawton said. "She reads through all I write, and is the first to approve or tell me otherwise about what I've written."
It seems Lawton comes from a family that leans a bit toward the art of the written word. His uncle is a sports editor for the Cape Cod Times and his cousin is a screenwriter.
As for Lawton himself, he discovered his own love for writing at an early age.
Growing up in the Shaker Regional School District, he developed a passion for poetry and song lyrics in his younger years and by his junior year in high school he wanted to write more complex pieces.
While at New England College Lawton majored in Communications and took part in many specialized writing programs. It was a couple of those college experiences that finally brought it all together for him though.
"I signed up for a workshop where we were asked to write a story a week, then later I took a script writing class where we had to come up with an entire movie script. It was all a bit intimidating at first but I realized at the same time how much I really loved writing," he said.
Lawton has had a longstanding passion for crime-fiction novels and decided he wanted to write one of his own. It was in the winter of 2012, while shoveling snow in his driveway, that he finally came up with the premise for his first novel, "Deception."
"I knew the end of the story right away; I just needed to see where I wanted to go with it. I made tons of changes along the way but it finally all came out as I envisioned and that was really good," said Lawton.
Lawton recently completed his second crime thriller, "Operation Salazar," based around a home invasion in Stoneham, Mass. that uncovers a conspiracy that could take down a nationwide criminal enterprise.
And now, after his workday is done and his daughter is tucked into bed, he can be found working on his third novel, which he would only reveal as revolving around an Amber Alert.
"I write from 8-10 p.m. pretty much every night, on the weekends, and during my daughter's nap times," said Lawton. "My goal is to one day be a fulltime novelist but for now I just write whenever I get the chance."
"Deception" is available online through Kindle and Amazon.com where it was recently ranked in the Top 100 of its literary category. Copies of the book can also be purchased through danlawtonfiction.com.