Interview with Johnny Luk

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me, writing is so much more than just words, it is a medium to share a important story. I actually learned a lot about myself as I continued writing as it allowed me to reflect. It's nice to able to sit in your room, and just pour into your own world.
What do your fans mean to you?
Over the last 18 months, I've had the pleasure of meeting hundreds of people and they have all shown me incredible support and I am so very grateful. I sometimes get emails about my story, my book and also about my views in regards to the British Chinese Diaspora and it really spurs me on. It makes a big difference.
What are you working on next?
Having written a book, my next step is to continue to expand on my charity Inspired & Hired as well as working on other Social Enterprises linked with the Diaspora Leadership Programme. I also hope to develop a small media group with like minded people in London.

I am taking on a new role in UK Trade & Investment, which will no doubt also keep me busy!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The alarm clock!

But seriously for me it's this feeling of progress. I get terribly guilty at the end of the day if I haven't achieved anything. When I first started work, it was quite tough to adjust to the work regime relative to the relative relaxed university timetable. However my rowing background of waking up at 5 30 am means everything so far, even a early wake up call seems okay.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My job working HM Government takes up the majority of my time, but I get very agitated if I don't have at least one exercise 'event' a week and a social event. This could mean running in the park or more preferably, a good tennis game. It will also mean house parties and enjoying the many wonderful events in London.

Work hard, play hard.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover design was really hard for me and took time. In many ways, the cover design went hand in hand with the book title. Every sample cover was shown to a group of young people and I try and take their views on board. Inevitably, no book title is perfect. What I really wanted to focus on was something professional, clean and clear. This book is about making you employable, and I am very pleased with it. Credit to Sean Harper and Haruka Chambers on their hard work!
Describe your desk
It's is chaotic, and getting more so by the second. I probably should do something about it eventually...
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Europe, after being born in Hong Kong, living mostly in Holland and briefly in Germany where I studied in a International School. It did make a big impact on me as I entered the UK at 10 as a outsider, having to learn all the British mannerisms from scratch, let alone the English language. It influenced my life and through to university, but I feel it gives prospective of the world and how actually, we are all a lot more similar, no matter what race, gender or continent, than we think.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I realised when I graduated, that there was a huge demand for advice in regards to getting a Graduate Job. Most students around me were struggling to find a career and I felt I had the answer for it. So I decided to write about my story, in a really tangible, no waffle, frank manner that students can relate to.

I am not a genius, I didn't get stellar grades, I certainty wasn't good at Biology, my degree subject, but I did understand the Graduate market, and I knew the big picture: playing the Grad Job Game. Having given lectures to hundreds of students, I feel the work has been justified. This book will help a lot, because it's not about becoming a interview robot, it's about being comfortable with yourself, and ultimately it is that way, you become employable.
What is your writing process?
I like to write and write and write.

I then rewrite, rewrite, rewrite.

I then cut, cut, cut.

So many drafts, this book probably had over 30 drafts. Every time I read it, I change it, but eventually I just have to let it go and hope for the best. It's been over 1 year of my life for this. I sure hope it was worth it.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
In my view, the quality of the book is the single biggest marketing factor. The second is the cover, the third is being out there.

For the latter I refer to helping out students in Career Fairs, answering students questions in forums and online. Writing blogs about graduate jobs and helping out in Social Enterprises. They all add up.
Published 2013-09-03.
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Books by This Author

The Grad Job Game
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,490. Language: British English. Published: September 3, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Career Guides » Business Management, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Success
The Grad Job Game will help you become incredibly employable while at university. It will guide you through the whole application process and actively encourages a good social life too. It works, because the author himself followed it, getting seven internship and graduate offers and becoming a Government advisor by the age of 21. Follow this guide, and people would be crazy not to hire you.