Renae Lucas-Hall is an Australian-born British novelist and writer. Renae has always loved learning about different cultures. She spent up to eight years studying French and Italian and she has spent over 20 years studying the Japanese language and culture.
After completing a bachelor’s degree at Monash University in Australia, Renae taught English to the Japanese in Japan and Australia for over 15 years. She has continued to work with the Japanese for many years as an interpreter, a tour guide, and a business consultant.
Over the past 20 years, Renae has enjoyed visiting Japan seven times for work or as a tourist. Several years ago, Renae also completed an Advanced Diploma of Business Marketing at RMIT University in Australia and at the University of Gloucestershire in the UK. These days, she continues to love reading and writing about Japan as well as many other subjects.
Renae lives with her husband and their Siberian husky in an historic town within the Cotswolds in Gloucestershire, UK. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, watching West End shows and shopping in London and Bristol.
Renae’s first book Tokyo Hearts: A Japanese Love Story was published in 2012 and was ranked No. 1 bestseller in Coming of Age books on Amazon Japan in January 2015.
Her second book Tokyo Tales: A Collection of Japanese Short Stories was published in 2014. This set of short stories was also ranked in the Top 10 bestselling Coming of Age books on Amazon Japan.
A futuristic sci-fi novelette Tokyo 2060: Welcome to the Future was released in October 2015.
Renae is currently working on Tokyo Dreams, the sequel to Tokyo Hearts.
Tokyo Tales was featured in Japan Today, a leading Tokyo-based online news site, and received a very positive review in November 2014.
Tokyo Weekender, Japan’s No. 1 English lifestyle magazine, also featured Renae and her book Tokyo Tales in their “Author Q&A” section in February, 2019.
Renae’s short story Stick out Your Tongue in Secret was featured on Books on Asia. This Murakami-esque short story pays homage to the genre of magical realism and Japan’s bestselling novelist Haruki Murakami.