As well as writing, I try to help people improve their reading and their writing. I help writers by sharing my writing habits and the things that help me live a creative life. I also talk about my personal values and beliefs.
I also wrote a list of 100 Things I’d like to do in my life, some big and some small.
I help readers by reading as many of the best books as I can and sharing my thoughts through my library project.
Take a look around, read my stories or keep reading this page for more!
Hey, I’m Luke
I hope that I’m the reason you’re here, either you’ve read my writing somewhere before or found it through this site.
I’m from Newark-on-Trent originally, but now live in Newcastle upon Tyne (my life is a bit like A River Runs Through It but without the fly fishing). I’ve kept my Newark accent, and some of the vocabulary from the area.
I’ve written three full length books:
There are also short stories you can read.
You can get in touch with me on loads of social networks. I’ve listed them below in order of how much I use them:
What Sets Me Apart
Every writer has their own process, their own likes and inspirations. I try to write every day, about whatever I’m working on at the time. It could be a novel, short story, article or blog post – my main target is always getting some words down. Some days I can’t write or don’t want to, but generally I stick to my targets.
My writing method is usually to think of an outline of an idea and get started straight away. Longer projects, like novels, I tend to simmer in my mind for a while to make sure they’re good enough. I don’t often work from a set plan or plot, but I do find these useful for restructuring long and short work.
My inspiration comes from the great artists that I admire. My favourite writers are F. Scott Fitzgerald, Stephen King, Agatha Christie, Haruki Murakami, Flannery O’Connor, William Blake, Bob Dylan and Malcolm Gladwell. I also love film makers like Park Chan-wook, Orson Welles, Quentin Tarantino and Charlie Chaplin. My favourite painters are JH Lynch and John Martin.
My Life So Far
My biography, should anyone think to write one, begins in Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire. I was born in Nottingham and swiftly delivered to grow up in nearby Newark.
In primary school I wanted to be either a writer or a spy. I wanted to be a spy a lot more than I wanted to be a writer, I had a briefcase and read loads of stuff about spying on people. When I grew up, it became a little creepy to follow people so I cut it out. I starting writing a huge novel all about vampires (years before it was cool), but my computer crashed and there was no cloud backup in those days.
When I reached secondary school, I decided to become a lawyer. I pursued this dream throughout my high school years and applied to read law at Newcastle University – who gracefully accepted me in 2005. Somewhere between starting and finishing school, I read The Great Gatsby and The Big Sleep – the best two books ever written.
At university, I ploughed along with my studies but my interest soon waned. I began writing again in third year and finished a short novel, Century 21. After graduating, I struggled with my identity for a while before committing to return to university to complete a master’s degree in creative writing. I began my second novel, The Whole of Youth, during the course and completed it a year later.
I hope this page has kept you interested and you’ve learnt a little more about me. If you want to get in touch, please use any of the sites I listed above or lukemcgrath.co.uk/contact.
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