5×5 With The Hook: Tom Lucas

Today‘s victim guest is the Johnny Storm of WordPress, Tom Lucas.

Tom is a true original. I realize we bandy that word about with little regard for its true value, but trust me, kids, I fully appreciate how much this world of imitators needs writers like Tom Lucas. He is the Tasmanian Devil crossed with the Reverse-Flash – on Red Bull mixed with eight pounds of uncut cocaine. In a good way, of course.

Click on the image above, partake of the free preview offered by Amazon and prepare to be mystified by the Word of Lucas.

Image of Tom Lucas


Tom is:

  1. A master wordsmith
  2. Capable of breathing new life into the tired business of reviewing tomes. 
  3. Fully versed in the art of cross-promotion
  4. Smarter than me. 
  5. The perfect blogger to have here for 5×5; he puts negativity in a choke hold.

And that’s all I have, kids.  Continue reading and thank me later.

1) Childhood is the oven in which our adult selves are cooked; our childhood viewing choices can be quite telling. What was the one cartoon that held you in its sway as a child?

Growing up in the late 70s, Saturday morning cartoons were what I lived for. What a glorious time to be a kid. Much less complicated than today.

 So many favorites, but I’ll target Scooby Doo. Never missed an episode. As a fan of kid mystery books like the Hardy Boys and Encyclopedia Brown, I would watch each episode closely in a futile attempt to solve the mystery before they did. It was impossible to do so, because they never put enough valid clues in the story. Screw you, Scooby Doo.

 It was many years later that I understood the real reason behind Shaggy’s need for snacks in a haunted house at 3 in the morning or what the hell was in a Scooby snack.

 I bailed when Scrappy Doo made his appearance. That unnatural little mutant. Just weird.


2) Your favorite place in the world is…

 Detroit. Born and raised. Although I have lived in Florida for the last ten years, it’s a vital part of my DNA. Sadly, Detroit is a mess right now and that’s grabbing national attention. People that aren’t from Detroit just don’t know. No documentary or news special or bestselling book will ever capture the truth of it.

 Detroiters are the most resilient, kickass, toughest people you’ll ever meet. I don’t get up there enough, but I think about it nearly every day. I will be a Detroiter in heart and spirit until I’m buried and gone.



3) Guilty pleasure: music?

I am going to completely lose my punk/metal lifetime membership by revealing this, but Steely Dan. I have no defense for this. I don’t even know why I like them, but I find it relaxing.

 By the way, if anyone comes at me to cut my membership card, I WILL CRUSH YOU.

 4) You have a TARDIS. You can go anywhere in the universe in any time period. Where do you go?

 I’m going to assume a complete indulgence and abuse of this powerful technology and choose the summer of 1991. At that time, my father would have been 43 years old, the age I am now.

He’s been gone for over three years now, and I’d just like to sit down with him. I know that much of him carried through to me. I’m a lot like him in many ways. If I visited with him as a peer, an age equal, I imagine I could learn a lot.

 Ok, now I’m sad. I really want this. Sigh.

 5)  Watches: a stylish, useful accessory or a symbol of man’s enslavement to convention?

 Stylish, AWESOME accessory. I have a watch fetish but I don’t have the budget to entertain it. If anyone cares to send me groovy men’s watches, I will be happy to review them on my blog. No joke.


You heard the man, people. Ship those watches ASAP!

I want to thank Tom for being such a cool guest and a blogging warrior of the highest order. That’s it for now, boy and girls.

Be well and I’ll see you in the lobby…

About The Hook

Husband. Father. Bellman. Author of The Bellman Chronicles. Reader of comic books and observer and chronicler of the human condition. And to my wife's eternal dismay, a mere mortal and non-vampire. I'm often told I look like your uncle, cousin, etc. If I wore a hat, I'd hang it on a hat rack in my home in Niagara Falls, Canada. You can call me The Hook, everyone else does.
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66 Responses to 5×5 With The Hook: Tom Lucas

  1. NotAPunkRocker says:

    Steely Dan? Wow.

    That’s ok, I’ll still check out the blog. Thank you again, Hook, for intros to some great new blogs.

    • Tom Lucas says:

      There was a time when I was a stage hand at a concert hall and one of the sound men taught me how Steely Dan could be used to perfectly calibrate a sound system. So there’s that. Also, I go through a bout of insomnia about once a year and listening to their music knocks me out. Also, there’s the Burroughs reference, so dig it.

      • NotAPunkRocker says:

        After I commented, I set about on my hour commute to work and guess what came on the radio? “Dirty Work” by Steely Dan.

        So, maybe not as bad as I originally thought when I saw the answer (“Hey, Nineteen”? ), but still not my favorite 🙂

      • Tom Lucas says:

        The gears of the universe turn, turn, turn. How about that!

  2. I Am Jasmine Kyle says:

    Well you have found another AMAZING author/blogger and totally corrupted them! LOL Great piece I’ll get that watch in the mail!

  3. Kanerva says:

    Really enjoying this series of 5 x 5! Keep ’em coming 😉

  4. Jolie Michele says:

    I love Steely Dan. Hey Nineteen is one of my favorites.

  5. Tom Lucas says:

    Thanks for having me on the show. I specifically requested that only brown M&Ms and three bottles of Glenfiddich, but the bottle of water and stale vanilla wafers did the job.

  6. What a great interview! The TARDIS story brought me to tears, I want him to go back in time now, too!

  7. It’s impossible to miss an episode of Scooby Doo because every episode of Scooby Doo was the same!

  8. The Cutter says:

    I never quite got the Scooby Doo love. I mean, it was amusing enough, but there were SO many better cartoons. Maybe it’s telling that I actually liked the episodes with Scrappy in them better.

  9. It must be said, I have been introduced to some pretty engaging people via your 5 X 5 segments. Tom Lucas seems to be another to follow and I now I shall go check out his blog. Thanks Hook.

  10. LOVE Steely Dan! and Scooby Doo and your idea of going back in time to see your dad. I’m so sorry he isn’t with you anymore. Saturday morning cartoons ROCK! A bowl of cereal and a blanket! (ok showing my age now *sigh*) Loved the interview Hook! As always…you bring us someone new and exciting to follow! 🙂

  11. Twindaddy says:

    I’m from Detroit, too! Motor City, bitches!

  12. One worth watching for sure. Tasmanian Devil? Detroit as before it is now? Gotta be worth a visit over at his place. Thanks, Hook. Great questions

  13. I think I now have a new blog crush. 🙂

    What you said about your dad was very, very sweet. My father figure died when I was 12 and 20 years later, I still miss him very much. I know he lives in my heart and sometimes, when I just want the unconditional support of a dad, I go within and sometimes I can feel him say how proud he is of me.

    Many blessings for a happy 2014 ahead,

    • Tom Lucas says:

      Thanks Lindsey. My old man was a bit of a wild one, but he had a huge heart. As I’ve ahem, matured, I have come to realize that he was just doing his best. I’m sure both our fathers are very proud. Thanks for taking the time to comment and I hope to see you around the blogosphere (jeez, that sounds kinda pretentious.) You know what I mean.

      • I hear yah. Yes. I will see you around the blogosphere! 🙂

      • Tom Lucas says:

        Cool. When you need beta readers for your memoir, hit me up.

      • Is it sad that I don’t know what a beta reader is? Can you inform me in the simplest language possible, please?

      • Tom Lucas says:

        Not sad at all. 🙂 Betas are trusted folks who read your manuscript and give you feedback on the overall content. It’s kind of a new thing that has become a part of publishing a book (slightly debatable). The key to the process is to not use close friends or family because they can’t be objective. It’s no different than workshopping your writing in a group,etc.

      • Oh my gosh, I am so in LOVE with the universe right now! I’ve been thinking how much I need someone to critique my work. I was thinking of asking a fellow blogger, but have been hesitant for some reason. Perhaps this is the reason. 🙂

        I have a sort of different approach to the idea though… I’ll contact you soon with my thoughts for sure.

        Thank you!

      • Tom Lucas says:

        Sounds good. Hit me up through my blog. 🙂

      • The Hook says:

        You can see him next week when your 5×5 post runs here! (I’ll let you know an exact date tomorrow, Lindsey.)

      • Yaaaaay! So excited. :). Thank you.

  14. Nothing at all wrong with Steely Dan!

  15. Although I’m a Chi-town girl who relocated to Florida as well, I won’t hold your Detroit pride against you…mostly because most of my family is from that particular neck of the woods.

    As for your love of watches, maybe I should send you all of my husband’s. He rarely wears them.

    (P.S. I take no issue with your Steely Dan love.)

  16. Tom Lucas says:

    Hey Kitt. Go Blackhawks. Yep, I’ll give ya that. Chicago is a helluva town and I made many trips there. I just wish I could remember them. I had too good of a time.

  17. Tom, you need to snag the Brains Benton books on ebay.

    • Tom Lucas says:

      Just checked them out…I feel like I might have read one way back when…I am also struggling to remember another series. The kid was a genius and invented things to solve mysteries and his buddy had the last name “Shoemaker.” Any ideas?

      • No. I’m a child of ’65. Loved Hardy Boys, Encyclopedia Jones, and Alfred Hitchcock’s The Three Investigators. Around ’73 found a single Brains Benton book and loved it. Later sourced the entire series (six books?) when ebay first started happening around ’99.

        Brains was the best.

      • Tom Lucas says:

        1969 over here.

  18. stephrogers says:

    I want a TARDIS. That is all.

  19. Tom Lucas says:

    Hey HOOK, just wanted to thank you for today. I had a blast chatting with your readers! They are very cool and damn good looking.

  20. Pingback: Tom Lucas GETS HOOKED: 5×5 Interview with The Hook. | Read Tom Lucas

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