Lloyd’s third book is Crazy is Normal, a classroom exposé, a memoir. “Lofthouse presents us with grungy classrooms, kids who don’t want to be in school, and the consequences of growing up in a hardscrabble world. While some parents support his efforts, many sabotage them—and isolated administrators make the work of Lofthouse and his peers even more difficult.” – Bruce Reeves
When a topic presents itself, I will work on it until it is ready instead of working toward the Sunday, Monday, Tuesday posting schedule, which I discovered is too rigid.
In fact, as I write this, I’m working on my next post for this Blog and when it is done, I will post it no matter what day it is. I also accept guest posts if they fit the theme and subject of this Blog, which means I may not accept a submitted (potential) guest post.
Lloyd Lofthouse earned a BA in journalism after fighting in Vietnam as a U.S. Marine. Later, he earned a MFA in writing.
While working full time as an English, journalism and reading teacher (1975 – 2005) in California, he enjoyed a second job as a maitre d’ in a multimillion-dollar nightclub in the early 1980s.
His students won regional, national and international recognition for writing poetry, short stories and for journalism while in his class.
He now lives near San Francisco with his wife with a second home in Shanghai, China. His short story, A Night at the ‘Well of Purity’ was named as a finalist for the 2007 Chicago Literary Awards.
His first novel, My Splendid Concubine, won honorable mentions in fiction at the 2008 London Book Festival, the 2009 San Francisco Book Festival and the 2009 Hollywood Book Festival.
The sequel, Our Hart, won honorable mentions in fiction at the 2009 Nashville Book Festival, the 2009 London Book Festival, the 2009 Los Angeles Book Festival, the 2009 DIY Book Festival and was a finalist of the National Best Books 2010 Awards.