Talking Points: Meet Luke O’Kelley, Author in Residence!

Frequently, we’ll introduce you to someone you may, or may not know who lives in Downtown Denver. And, we’ll ask that person five questions…always the same. But, we’re sure to get a lot of different answers!  Let us know what you think.

Luke O’Kelley is a retired owner of a software firm that provided oil and gas business solutions. Since retiring he has co-chaired a non-profit that provides a citizen voice in the Union Station redevelopment project. Also during retirement, he has authored his first novel, IMMOKALEE, a story of retribution and reconciliation set in south Florida. He recently read from that novel and signed copies, lots of them, at the Tattered Cover, even by candlelight during that night’s power failure! He and his wife, Nina, have lived in their LoDo loft for nearly 20 years.

Off the Roof and Behind the Typewriter! Luke O’Kelley photographed by Diane Huntress

We got him off the roof to answer our Talking Points questions.

What’s the best thing about living in Downtown Denver?

“Of course, it’s the walking and shuttle access to amenities like restaurants, a great bookstore, theater, my athletic club and shopping for most of what we need.”

What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in the years you’ve lived downtown?

“The sports venues book-ending downtown…the Pepsi Center and Coors Field.”

What don’t we have that we need Downtown?

“We need a grocery store within convenient walking distance.”

Where do you like to go most that’s not Downtown?

“The mountains.”

And, Luke, tell us something most people don’t know about you.

I just had my first novel published, IMMOKALEE, and it’s on sale at the Tattered Cover. There’s more to come!”

You can read more about our friend and neighbor, Luke O’Kelley, and his new book, here, at his website.