(From book 1): My parents met in Hong Kong. My dad is English, and my mum is Chinese. My dad was, and still is a businessman, and my mum worked as a skilled correspondent and a language secretary at my dad's workplace.
I was born in Hong Kong in 1989, grew up there and went to an English school for my earlier years.
I remember my childhood as a happy time. When one or both of my parents were not at work, they spend all their time with me, and later on with my younger sister Anna too. Anna was born when I was six, and now my mother chooses to stay home longer, and my dad brought her some work, she could do at home. I was at school most of the day, and Anna still had a nanny.
My parents always call me the light of their lives, which is why I was named Lucia, Luzi for short. Anna has got her name after our dad’s mum, Hannah. I once asked my parents, why I was not named, Anna, as I was the first born. They both said, “You were not an Anna; you're the light of our life!” After that, I have always been proud of my name.
We were quite wealthy, and the house we lived in was large and with a lot of room. It was an old bungalow applied from dad’s company. We could have had a more modern house, but we all loved the old house with the large garden and wouldn’t dream of getting something else.
Grandma, Hannah and grandpa, William had passed away before I moved to England. In my younger years, they were visiting us in Hong Kong, and later, when Anna was old enough for a long trip, we visit them in England. At that point, they had become older and more fragile, and the last trip they made to China was when Anna became a teenager. I remember Hannah and William as two very gentle and warm grandparents, always kind and with all the time in the world, never rushing and stressed.
I moved from Hong Kong to London in 2007, starting at the University in person. Earlier I have made some online courses but wanted to extend my studies.
I study history, prehistory with a particular interest in Marija Gimbudas’ research of old Europe, ancient cultures in general, ethnographical studies, literature and journalism.
As a source of income, I work as a freelance writer for magazines, papers and on the Web. In addition to that, I work as a copywriter, and as editor of books for the University, collecting data for professors and colleges and help them editing the materials. I also do some book writing, and it is more book writing than book selling, but there is nothing new to that.
As tools in my work I use a smartphone, but while working, I turn off all private messages since they are a huge distraction and significantly reduces my productivity and efficiency. I do not want to be a slave to technology; it has to work FOR me. I do not use games or music on my phone to distract me and cover my thoughts, to me it is pollution. I listen to music in my home for enjoyment, not a distraction. You may shake your head, when I tell you, that I use a paper notebook as well. I use the camera on my phone quite often, a lot of the time to pick up text from various sources. I may use the voice recorder on the phone as well. When I have to write large volumes of text, I need to use a real keyboard, since I use all ten fingers. Otherwise, production will be too low.