Luke Waterson

Luke Waterson

Raised in rural Somerset, Novelist and Travel Writer Luke Waterson developed a penchant for travelling very early on and, following completion of a Literature and Creative Writing degree at the University of East Anglia, duly set forth to travel the world - with the aim of writing about it. He is particular passionate about the Americas (he's travelled the lot - north, central and south) and Eastern Europe (he’s lived in Slovakia four years) and when not writing fiction, he specialises in writing non-fiction about Latin America, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia and, best of all and most of all, wildernesses anywhere. Luke had his first novel, "Roebuck – Tales of an Admirable Adventurer" published in 2015 (historical fiction set amidst the peril-fraught Amazon rainforest of the 16th century). He is currently working on his second. He is a four-time winner of the Bridport Prize in the short story category, and his articles on fiction writing have been published by Ireland's main online literary magazine,, and the British Guild of Travel Writers. Luke has also written over 50 non-fiction travel, culinary, outdoor adventure and reference books. His articles have appeared in publications such as the Guardian, Telegraph, Independent, BBC Travel, Lonely Planet and Rough Guides… and enough in-flight magazines to shake a passport at. Luke is currently based in the middle of nowhere in Wales. He loves speaking about his writing. If you want him to speak at an event, he's all yours. Discover more about his fiction and non-fiction at


Luke Waterson in 60 seconds

When did you start writing?

1989 as a child in Somerset.

What do you love about Short Stories?

That they are the microcosms of ideas. That they are concepts stripped to their essence. That they are training grounds for the experimental. That, if well-executed, they point the way forward for fiction writing.

Do you write in other forms?

Novels mainly. Historic fiction usually. Poems occasionally.

What distracts you from writing?

Not much, when I am in the zone. But - to my shame - sometimes trivia. Distractions are usually trivia. Otherwise there is another word for them.

Outside of writing, what are your other passions?

The Great Outdoors. Hiking. Travelling. Eating well.

What is your favourite book?

East of Eden.

Who are your favourite writers?

John Steinbeck, John Fowles and Bruce Chatwin (but the list is very long).

Where is your dream location?

Anywhere so long as it's the middle of nowhere.

What one item would you put into Room 101?

All those trivial distractions. Anyone who doesn't at least try to think for themselves. Beetroot.

Do you have any advice for new writers?

'Keep trying' sounds clichéd but it's true. You may never get the recognition you feel you deserve but you have to write first and foremost because you want to create something. Write 5,000 words that you feel are perfect and even if it's never 'recognised' do not let anyone kid you it's anything other than a worthy achievement.

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