Writing, Grief, And Other Minds

Why do I Write?

To Learn

Before I write, I research. Consequently, I learn something every day.  

To Teach

The world is full of misinformation. When we research our subject fully, we can provide the truth.

To Grieve

When someone close to us dies, we need to be able to write about them to keep them in our hearts so they can be remembered.

To Grow

We can only develop when we are creative and self-expressive. It doesn’t matter which.


Hi, I’m Ian, a

Writer and Author in the Lakes

“He’s got it all” I hear you say, a writer AND he lives in the Lake District. It’s true, I live in a place steeped in history and mystery, with breathtaking vistas, a place of inspiration, and the home of inspirational people. I’m not sure I’d want to live anywhere else in the world – apart from 1920’s New York City before the crash – and I wouldn’t want to do anything else.

I observe and I write of things you may or may not agree with, either way. It doesn’t matter if you laugh, cry, or disagree with me. I only want a reaction to show me that you’re alive.

Of course, in reality like most writers, I do do something else and I work with Cumbrian businesses and advise them on all things business. Happily though, I even get to write about that and published my first business book in 2019 called The Awesome Power of Questions.  

It’s not your typical self-help book about business as I bring Socrates, dating, Rudyard Kipling, and Einstein into the conversation.  Click here if you want to read more about it.

My Work


Novels and short stories.

I P Loftus


Autoethnography, essays, self-help books, and op-eds.

I P Loftus

Other Writing

Screenplays, poetry, and other scribblings.

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