Lucas Bale is the pen-name for freelance writer and editor Andrew Mazibrada.
I've been a science fiction fan as long as I can remember and, once upon a time, I was something of an RPG fiend. I still think Aliens (Special Edition, naturally) is the best sci-fi film ever made. Feel free to disagree. I know you will.
I've been daydreaming for 39 years. As a youngster, I'd build complicated worlds, and then write stories inside my head as I walked to school, and then to college and even University. I'd pick up a pen as soon as I could and scrawl until I ached. None of those words ever saw the light of day, but I enjoyed it. Then I studied law and that all stopped.
After fifteen years at the criminal bar of England and Wales, prosecuting and defending in some of the most serious and high-profile criminal cases involving organised crime, terrorism, and big money fraud, the desire to write again overwhelmed me. So I decided to make a change.
I'm an alpinist and itinerant trekker and I write regularly for adventure travel and climbing magazines. I'm an adventure travel photographer. I also shoehorn into my writing life being joint editor of the fantastic, ground-breaking adventure travel and expedition online magazine, Sidetracked.
Lest that all be too confusing for me, I decided to write science fiction under the name Lucas Bale. The Beyond the Wall series explores what might happen if humanity was forced to leave Earth and government meant choosing between protection and freedom.
I've decided that self-publising is the path ahead of me. I haven't tried to land an agent, or a publisher, because I don't really want either just yet. I want to get my books to people who want to read them and connect with them because community is the best thing we have. Indie publishing is the best way I can see to do that.
So I am. Here's to another fifteen years of adventure that's been a long-time coming.
Oh, I currently live with my family in Surrey, in the United Kingdom. Two boys and a beautiful Danish partner who gets me. What more could I ask for?
Final thing to mention: if, like me, your tastes also extend to crime and espionage thrillers, then you might like to check out Marcus Cameron - the pen name I use for that genre.