So, my name’s Lucy and I write fantasy. I also have a habit of penning comical Christmas poems about my family, but luckily they’re not something you’ll ever stumble across….

© Lou Abercrombie

© Lou Abercrombie

I live in south west England  on the hilly, red shores of the Jurassic Coast. It’s a beautiful, mysterious part of the country, steeped in myth and folklore. And so unsurprisingly, it’s a perfect place in which to make up stories.

In the vein of most writers, I’ve been making up stories for a long time. I grew up in the tamer neighbourhood of the Thames Valley, where I used to think I’d be an actor. I attended theatre school for six years, worked professionally on stage and screen and took an awful lot of dancing exams. That changed when I hit 15. I was writing a novel (like most normal teenagers), and quite randomly thought: wouldn’t it be cool to do this all the time? 

I’ve always loved books, perhaps because my parents read so much to us as children. Dad favoured classics like The Day of the Triffids and Hothouse, which – though possibly a bit advanced for under 10s – exposed us both to a multitude of words. (Yes, my sister’s a writer too). But the books that really stayed with me were J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. 

I am irrevocably drawn to fantasy. As an unsociable teenage misfit, I read mountains of it. Growing up, some of my favourite writers were Robin Hobb, the three Terrys (Brooks, Goodkind and Pratchett), Robert Jordan, Patricia A. McKillip, Ursula Le Guin, David Eddings and Alan Garner. J. K. Rowling holds a special place in my heart for all those summer evenings I spent re-reading Harry Potter, wishing for adventures at Hogwarts.

That first novel still exists on my hard drive, quietly embarrassing me, but despite its flaws, I’m glad I wrote it. Working on the principle that if you’ve done something once, you can do it again, I studied creative writing at university for four years in the hope that I’d be better prepared the second time around. Creating something as vast and complex as a novel is fun, terrifying, exciting, torturous and pretty much every emotion in between.

I’m represented by Veronique Baxter of David Higham Associates. You can read a bit about my début novel Starborn, Book One of the Worldmaker Trilogy here, published 23rd April 2015 by Tor UK and released in Germany by Piper Fantasy.

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© Lou Abercrombie

© Lou Abercrombie

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  • Marline Pascale Ajeneza

    Hi, I decided to write about you at school and wonder when you are born(date and year). I read your first book which i loved and I’m looking forward to read the rest of your upcoming books in the series The Worldmaker Trilogy . greetings from me.

    • Hi Marline, so glad you enjoyed the book. I was born in 1986 if that helps.

  • Christo

    Hey Lucy,

    I loved starborn. Honestly my favourite new fantasy title recently. I was just wondering when we can expect the second title in the series?

    • Hey! Thank you so much, really glad you enjoyed it 🙂 At the moment Book2 is looking like May -July 2016 depending on timings.

  • Tom Hocknell

    Great stuff. The key line is – I was writing a novel (like most normal teenagers)! Feel free to check my own blog out at Idle Blogs of an idle fellow – https://wordpress.com/stats/day/tomhocknell.wordpress.com

    • Thanks for dropping by Tom, will be sure to take a look. Congrats on the publication of your novel!