Lucas Coon

Self-Published Fiction Author, Information Security Professional, Founder and Art Director of Mad Tomato Books.

Lucas Coon

Life has a funny way of pushing us in the direction we need to go; be it through a surprising success, or a painful hardship that reminds us of our own mortality. When the daily grind gets to be too much, sometimes we need to find who we are in something outside of ourselves. I woke up one day, my head swimming and full of more stress than I knew how to handle, and decided I needed to figure out who I was. That day, it all started... 

I started with a couple words, then a couple pages, then it became a couple chapters. Once I had finished a few chapters, I started to ask myself a few questions... What was I doing? Who were these people I had created? Did these fictional people want to be put through this?

So, I asked them...


Ok, I didn't literally ask them. Instead, I opened up another blank document and started writing their names. From this, I wrote their history, their features, their motivations and their goals; I wanted to see where this would take me. A lot of this information was never put into the stories, but every piece of it was critical. These words built the people that inhabited this new world, they created an existence separate from our own. An existence I controlled...

Oh, this is a biography, isn't it? I should probably tell you who I am...
I, Lucas Coon, am a fiction author from the Kansas City Metro Area. I was born, and raised, in Kansas City (the REAL Kansas City, on the Kansas Side) and currently live in Olathe, KS. I'm a bit of a technophile and love learning of the newest technologies, which is what led te me getting a Masters Degree in Information Security/Assurance. I've worked in the Information Technology industry for several years, and there are certainly some positive aspects to it. What I really enjoy is writing.

The authors that have inspired me are Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams. Both men wrote stories that I could only dream of writing. They created worlds as dynamic as themselves and both men were about as subtle as a hurricane.

As of January 2019, I have written novel. The first three, the Cymothoa series (Somewhere In The Middle, Ending the Nightmare, & Another Dark Day) are post-apocalyptic Science-Fiction, with a sense of Dramady (Drama/Comedy...if you didn't know that). My fourth novel, and start to my second series; Dragonfly: Close To Home, is a Psychological Crime Thriller. I am also part of a collaborative group, Mad Tomato Books. As a group, we created Tommy The Tomato Bat, and intend to make a fun series out of him.

When I write, I start the story and let it tell me where it wants to go. The best way to tell a story is to start with an idea, and let the words put themselves in place. I have a tendency to emphasize the smaller details in my worlds, then use those details to tell parts of the story. I am a firm believer that, when a reader can visualize the scene, they will appreciate it more. The more the reader can visualize, the more they feel like they are part of the world. I also believe that drama and comedy are two sides to the same coin; if you cannot laugh in the tense times, you won't feel connected.
The most important part of being an author is Telling The Story. If you don't tell the story you have, no one else will.

I am thankful for every person that has ever picked up one of my novels, or has even considered doing so. All the support I've garnered through my writing means the world to me. As we start 2019 (I'm going to have to change this next year), I can only look forward with optimism.

So much to write, so little time...