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Lance Pototschnik grew up in rural Frederick county, Maryland, in a small house surrounded by farms. The last of his parents' eight children, he spent the healthiest times of his childhood following his brothers up creeks and through woods, scrounging for turtles, toads and snakes. However, born with severe allergies and a chronic autoimmune disorder, Pototschnik was often confined to the house, where he busied himself by drawing and painting. As a sick child born at the back of a large family, life positioned Pototschnik as an observer, and he learned to capitalize on that station through writing.
He went on to study English at McDaniel College. In his early twenties, he competed as an amateur powerlifter, and once held two world records. He is an ardent, impetuous traveler. Today, he lives in Singapore and writes. His first works are humorous memoirs that highlight the struggles young people encounter as they attempt to reconcile their dreams with the reality of a world they are unprepared to face. The Shell of a Person was touted as one of the best works by an emerging author in 2013 by the Chanticleer Book Review.