Dr.Loftus,is a writer, and author based in the Eden Valley, Cumbria.

Ian is a writer and author born in Liverpool but has spent most of his life in the beautiful Lake District. The stunning Lakes serve as a constant source of inspiration for Ian’s work, both in academia and his writing.

He has written and published several books including; The Awesome Power of Questions, Remember with Love and Grief Tools. His latest book Smiler will be available from 4th October 2023. Ian has a Ph.D. in Creative Writing, and has extensively studied the therapeutic effects of creative and self-expressive writing in grief counselling. Grief has deeply influenced Ian’s writing for seven years, as he tragically lost his eldest son, Dom, at the age of twenty-two to a drunk driver. However, Ian’s current focus is to provide solace to others facing grief, using his academic and personal writing to recount the journey of a grieving father in his memoir, Smiler. If you want to discuss Ian’s research, you can contact him through his website at https://ianploftus.com/contact/.

Ian’s latest research on Why Has The Rule Of Law Become So Fragile? is a follow-up to Smiler. Additionally, he has recently completed a Treatise that delves into Oscar Wilde’s The Soul of Man Under Socialism, exploring not only the essay and lecture itself but also the political and philosophical influences on Wilde’s writing, including John Stuart Mills, Jeremy Bentham and others.

During his younger years, Ian had several poems published in Poems for the Open Mind and Now Poetry. A few years ago, he was also shortlisted for a Cinnamon Press short story competition.”


My Philosophy on Writing.


Research the Research

Don’t believe everything you read. Research both sides of the coin. People have agendas, most don’t even bother to hide them today. Find your own version of the truth.


Write what you DON’T know about.

This will go against everything you’ve been taught about creative writing. But if you write about what makes you curious, it will spark your readers’ curiosity too. Write it with authority.


Make them smile (or cry)

As a scouser, I’m told I have ‘humour noir’, or gallows humour. I’m sure some of my ancestors met their end there. Whatever your style is, you need to engage your readers emotionally. 

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