1. Tell us something hardly anyone knows about you.
I am a very long-time member of the Curly Wurly Club. And I have a card to prove it.
2. What is your nickname?
I’ve never had one, but I’m open to suggestions of a complimentary nature.
3. What is your greatest fear?
Somebody setting fire to my vinyl collection.
4. Describe your writing style in 10 words.
I make it up as I go along. That’s it. (I’m counting that’s as one word)
5. Tell us five positive words that describe you as a writer.
Proud, persevering, supported, fortunate, improving.
6. What book character would you be, and why?
Winnie-the-Pooh because everybody loves him and his world is so perfect.
7. If you could time travel, what year would you go to and why?
Probably 1865 to prevent my great-great-great grandfather from blowing up his house and killing nine people. But then again, I may wipe out my own existence by interfering…
8. What would your 10-year-old self say to you now?
Why didn’t you take writing more seriously from a younger age? You always knew you could do it.
9. Who is your greatest influence?
It has to be Stephen King. I’ve been reading his books since I was 11.
10. What/who made you start writing?
Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, mixed with teenage angst.
11. What is your favourite word and why?
Discombobulation. It’s a fabulous word that makes you feel exactly what it means.
12. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
The Neverending Story (I’m being clever here!)
Originally from the UK, Mike moved to South Australia in 2010. He is the author of several picture books and his first YA novel, What We All Saw, was published this year with Penguin Australia. Mike also owns a bookshop in Adelaide and works full time as an engineer. For more information, see www.mikelucas.com.au.