Monday, 7 February 2011

The difficult second post

I figure some background info might be handy before we go any further. So what to tell you?
I’m 33.
I work in a library, ordering and processing stock for several branches throughout the city.

I write. Short stories, books, the occasional (very occasional, I have to say) poem. I’ve always written. At the risk of sounding like a bit of a ponce, I think some people are built to write just as others are built to be mathematical geniuses. They can see where the numbers all go together. I see where the words fit. Or I try to.
I also read as much as I can. This is an issue I’ll doubtless touch on a fair bit here. Books and stories have been a massive part of me for as long as I can remember. I love imagination. I love tales. And I wouldn’t be a writer with any potential if I hadn’t been exposed to books from a very young age. For the record, some of those books were Enid Blytons. I was gutted when I got to senior school and discovered there were no midnight feasts, lashings of ginger beer and French teachers who said ‘zut alors’ every three seconds.  
Moving on from those books, I went looking through my eldest brother’s books, then my dad’s. I found early James Herberts and the Pan Books of Horror, then a collection of Poe stories. Fun family tales, I’m sure you’ll agree. In any case, horror and fantasy have been my thing for just about my entire life. Just as some people are built to be writers, some of us are built to look into the dark and write about what’s in there. Looking back at us.
What else to tell you? I’ve been married for the last eighteen months to my partner of just over the last ten years. We have two cats, no kids and a mortgage we’ll probably be paying off well into the next life. With a 9-5 and treating my writing like a second job, I don’t have a lot of free time which is why if I’m not doing either, you’ll usually find me on the sofa, watching a film or Family Guy.
Or Dr Who, obviously.


  1. Hey Luke! You probably don't have any idea who I am, but you were one of the first people I chatted with on AW a few years back (I go by OctoberRain). I still remember your scary cloud story! Great to see you blogging. I look forward to following your adventures here.

  2. Oooh! *adds to blogroll*

  3. Hey, Jennifer. Nice to see you here. It's (very) early days but I'm looking forward to seeing where this goes.

  4. I'm veeery jealous of the library job. Ooh la la.