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Steven Lochran


Steven Lochran is the author of the Vanguard Prime series, published by Penguin and described as “Alex Rider joins the X-Men”. He majored in Creative Writing at QUT and has worked as a film critic, a projectionist and as a mobile party DJ. Most recently, he’s worked in the publishing industry as a marketing assistant and a sales rep, giving him a good overview of both the art and commerce of writing.

Where were you born?

I was born in Brisbane but I moved around a lot as a kid. I’ve lived in Sydney, New Zealand, the Gold Coast, Byron Bay and Noosa, where I went to Sunshine Beach High (sounds like the setting of a soap opera, I know). I moved to Melbourne after uni and I’ve been living here ever since.

What other jobs have you had?

I’ve worked behind the counter of a DVD store, I’ve lugged boxes as an office assistant, and I’ve been a mobile party DJ, where I played a lot of ‘80s pop music at a lot of weddings.

I’ve also worked at a cinema, where I sold tickets, cleaned up between sessions and eventually trained to work the projection booth. The strangest thing I ever found in a theatre? The leftover carcass of a roast chicken someone had eaten and left beneath their seat. I touched it before I saw what it was. I still have nightmares.

Right now, I’m a sales rep in the publishing industry, which means in addition to writing books I also visit bookshops to sell other people’s books (but for a different publisher than the one I’m with as an author).

What themes are recurring in your work?

I tend to focus on coming-of-age stories, and the difficulty of doing what you have to do versus doing what you want to do. I think Stan Lee said it best; “With great power comes great responsibility”.

What are you passionate about?

Stories and storytelling. Books, movies, TV shows, cartoons, video games, music. I’m a mass-media junkie….which is a nicer way of saying ‘geek’.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

I have way too many toys for a grown man. The best one is a Muppet from FAO Schwarz in New York that was made to look like me.

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