Luke Smitherd is the author of the international bestselling novel, “The Stone Man”. He was born in the United Kingdom and has made his home town of Coventry the setting for most of his work. He attended Coventry University, graduating with a BA in Theatre. Prior to being a full-time novelist, he held diverse jobs ranging.... more
Luke Smitherd is the author of the international bestselling novel, “The Stone Man”. He was born in the United Kingdom and has made his home town of Coventry the setting for most of his work. He attended Coventry University, graduating with a BA in Theatre. Prior to being a full-time novelist, he held diverse jobs ranging from copywriting to singing/ songwriting. For a while, he considered becoming a professional darts player, but decided writing was his true calling. He hasn’t looked back since.
His first novel, “The Physics of the Dead”, was published in 2011. He then began the “The Black Room” series, which later turned into the completed novel, “In the Darkness, That’s Where I’ll Know You”. During that same time period, he wrote and published, “The Stone Man”, which truly announced his arrival as an author. “The Stone Man” is a bestselling novel in both the United Kingdom and the United States and has sold over 100,000 copies. Its success allowed Luke to become a full-time writer. He can’t quite believe the remarkable turn his life has taken, but he is very grateful and happy that it has.
His other full-length novel, “A Head Full of Knives”, was released in 2014 Along the way, he has written several novellas and short-story collections, including:
The Man on Table Ten, My Name is Mister Grief, and Hold on Until Your Fingers Break, which are all included in the book, “Weird. Dark.”, along with the short story, “The Crash”.
He Waits and Keep Your Children Close, included in the collection, “He Waits”.
Closure and Your Name is in the Book, included in the collection, “Do Anything”.
He entered the world of audiobooks in 2015 when he collaborated with British actor, Matt Addis, to produce the audio version of, “The Stone Man”. This book went on to be shortlisted in the final 12 for “Audible Audiobook of the Year 2015” amongst such writing superstars as Stephen King and JK Rowling. Luke has narrated all of his other audiobooks.
Luke now spends his time writing and traveling the world for inspiration. He supports charitable organizations ranging from Water Aid to the National Deaf Children’s Society to end-of-life care institutions.
Luke has many exciting projects scheduled for the next year (which shall remain nameless). They are going to involve a lot of work, but he believes his fans will be happy with the end result.
Luke’s relationship with his readers is very important to him. He knows their loyalty and excitement about his work allow him to continue to do what he loves. He enjoys talking to fans on Facebook and Twitter, and he is famous for the “Afterwords” to his books, where he talks about how the story came about, as well as sharing personal details about what was going on in his life as he wrote the book. His “Afterwords” are favorites of his readers.
He also has a podcast called, “Are You Sure?” with Smitherd and Shaw (fellow British author Matt Shaw) that is broadcast every two weeks.
Luke is extremely busy, but he’s doing what he always dreamed of, and he knows he is a lucky man. He is grateful to all his fans for their support and promises if they keep on reading, he’ll keep on writing.