Arlin Lawrence Haskins was born on October 14, 1970 the fourth son and eighth child to the union of Louis and Lucille Haskins. A shy child, he discovered at an early age that it was easier to express himself in school by writing notes; a practice that managed to land him in hot water with his teachers when he got caught passing them in class. At the age of 10, he acquired his first job as a stockboy for a local pharmacy and worked there until he joined the United States Army in the summer 1989 at the age of 18.
While stationed at the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry unit in Camp Greaves, Korea, Lawrence would write short stories whenever his duties as a soldier of the demilitarized zone would allow. Honorable discharge in hand, he returned home in 1992 where he took part in the carefree nightlife one would expect from an adventurous twentysomething recently freed from the strict and orderly day-to-day of the military.
After a series of ill-fated choices and financial miscalculations, Lawrence suddenly found himself facing the most challenging time of his life. In 1998 he made the conscious decision to get back to his first love and began writing what would ultimately be titled, The Whisper of Serpents. Responsibilities called however, and after having the first draft of the novel copyrighted in 2000 he had to get serious about getting his life on track in terms of career direction and earning a viable income.
After working a series of retail jobs and dabbling in the digital arts on the side, Lawrence formed Nilros Media Group, a web design and branding firm in 2006. Nilros was able to attract clients from various industries with the lion's share of Nilros Media's client base belonging to the real estate sector. In 2007, Lawrence launched ALH Live! a company which allowed him to travel and conduct celebrity interviews. During this time, Lawrence dusted off his old manuscript and used the ALH Live! platform to bring visibility to The Whisper of Serpents which was published in 2009 to critical acclaim and well received by a grassroots readership.
Lawrence still travels to conduct the occasional interview but his primary focus rests on writing and telling stories that matter. He is presently at work on his next novel.