“All artists must eventually expose themselves!” L.C
Lou Christine was born in 1947 and raised inside a blue-collar, lunch-pail carrying Philadelphia neighborhood. Christine’s mother died suddenly eight days after his birth and his father returned to his wife and family. Not a model student, Lou promised his aunt that he’d eke out a high-school diploma. Within a year of his completion of formal education, Lou was drafted into the service due to the Vietnam conflict. It was the first time he was whisked away from the familiar streets of North Philadelphia.
During the late ‘70s, while operating his own franchised furniture stores, Lou’s sense of wanderlust took him once again away from Philadelphia. After selling his real estate and businesses, he threw caution to the wind, embraced adventure and moved to Hawaii, where he settled on the Valley Isle of Maui. During his first six months in the islands he produced two columns, which were published weekly in a local magazine. One focused on sports, the other, a ‘Rock and Roll’ review.
Then Lou launched himself back into business and founded a small chain of east-coast type eateries named appropriately, Philadelphia Lou’s Place and later orchestrated Quaker City Vending, a full-line coin-operated vending company. By 1987 despite his burgeoning career, Lou once again shook himself free of his business interests because of a desire to write fiction full-time.
Christine attended the University of Hawaii’s Maui campus and immersed in English composition, expository writing and drams/playwriting earning high grades.
After honing his writing skills, developing a fluid style, and tightening his storylines, Lou produced more than just a few poems and stories. Mr. Christine created a number of pieces of fiction that have attracted attention — Kill ‘em With Kindness being the first. It is obvious that what he lacked in formal education he made up with rich life experiences, a genuine enthusiasm for writing and the spirit of a winner.
Lou Christine has worked as a journalist; reporting on sports, writing human-interest features and as a Rock & Roll reviewer. He is published under the names: Philadelphia Lou, Deacon Blues, William Penn, Madam Loo, and Lou Christine.
The then Mauian’s tongue-in-cheek poetry was published quarterly in Honolulu’s avant-garde arts magazine; Folio ‘94. He’s completed five novels, a number of screen and stage plays, and a non-fiction work titled; Madam Loo’s Profiles and Forecasts in Chinese Astrology, and during 1995 wrapped up two-new novel St. James Day, a thriller set in Seville, the piece partially based on his own experiences while living in Spain during 1992, mixed with an assassination attempt on King Juan Carlos and his family and then Mightier Than the Sword, an emotional saga showcasing a drifting letter writer.
He completed Throw Caution To The Wind, a cynical look at love coinciding with a heist that’s about to take place at an n Atlantic City casino.
Christine’s contribution to Tim Russert’s The Wisdom of Our Fathers helped the non-fiction achieve #1 on the New York Times best sellers list, two years in a row. Christine’s piece was one of 60,000 essays sent to Russert, vying to be one of the 100 published in the Russert project.
Christine presently resides in the central mountains of Mexico and working both as a journalist as a steady contributor to Show Daily, a glossy and informative magazine featuring Antiques and Collectables and a sometime contributor to the English-speaking newspaper Atencion in San Miguel. Now completing his latest screenplay The World’s Greatest Lover, about a lost and bewildered many who finds a lusty life frequenting chat rooms over the net and while also converting two short stories for the stage. Lou’s Conflict and Conflict Resolution and God Damn You Tennessee Williams are works in progress. He has also recently penned “Living and Dying in San Miguel, about his true account while tracking a murderer on the lam from the States, doing so for 10 days from his present Mexican home town in October of ‘96. During 2000 Lou Christine authored his first stage play Tony Zerillo’s, Loose Ends. that was produced in 2006.
Christine, remarried in 2018 to Donna Tanner and has been residing in the Central Mountains of Mexico for the last 25 years. Christine has two sons from separate mothers, Robert Christine and son, Travis Lee Carvalho.