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about me

I grew up in Hackney, east London. I always knew I wanted to do something creative but it took me a while to figure out exactly what I was any good at. I went through a stage of wanting to be an actor, a musician, a film director, a video editor. Writing came along pretty late in the day. I say that, but I did try and write a novel during the school summer holidays when I was thirteen. It was actually well-written. It was called Andre the Saviour of the World and was about a homeless kid who ends up rebuilding society after a nuclear war has decimated the population. (My parents had split up stressfully and messily a few months before - I didn’t know it at the time but I’m sure that provided much of the inspiration.) One line that has always stuck in my mind was when Andre hears the first bomb go off and he runs outside from the tower block boiler room he’s been sleeping in. “The sky was pink and orange, on fire like a sunset. But this wasn’t one of God’s creations, it was one of man’s. A gust of wind hit Andre’s face. It was hot. It stung. And it had all the smell of war.” All the smell of war?? What a great line. I don’t know why no one picked up on that talent.

 

As it was, it was another ten years before I started writing seriously.  I went through a bad break-up (see the connection) and I wrote and wrote about my feelings. What started as a cathartic exercise about myself gradually morphed into a work of fiction about an alter ego going through a similar experience. I felt like I was onto something so I showed friends and family what I’d been doing. The response I got was far more positive than for any of the plays I’d been in, any of the songs I’d written, or any of the videos I’d made. I decided to give it a go, left my full-time job in TV post-production and studied a degree in Creative Writing at Middlesex University. It was while I was on that course that I came up with the idea for my first book TURF.

 

I’m now working on an action-thriller set between London and Los Angeles. It’s almost there. Almost.  

 

I also work as an editor, content writer and blogger.

Contact me: john@wordoflucas.co.uk