John James O'Loughlin was born in Salthill, Galway City, the Republic of Ireland in 1952 to Seamus and Maureen O'Loughlin (nee Smythe). Following a parental split, his mother and grandmother (who had initially returned to Ireland with intent to stay, after the death of her Aldershot-based husband) found themselves financially obliged to return to England with him in the mid-50s, where he subsequently attended schools in Aldershot (Hants), Oakham (Rutland), Aldershot (again) and, upon the death and repatriation of his maternal grandmother, Carshalton Beeches (Surrey), where, despite an enforced change of denomination from Catholic to Protestant (Baptist) in consequence of having been sent to a children's home by his mother, he attended first Barrow Hedges Primary School (at Junior level) and then Carshalton High School for Boys, where he developed a taste for cricket and football, amongst other things. Upon leaving - 'graduating' would hardly be the word - in 1970 with an assortment of CSEs (Certificate of Secondary Education) and GCEs (General Certificate of Education), including history and music, he was removed from the children's home by its supervisory authorities and placed with a hostel in Clapham, south London, which he endured for a week before getting his mother and stepfather, who happened to be a West Indian, to give him temporary lodgings at their flat on the Stroud Green Road in Finsbury Park, north London, from where he went on, via two short-lived jobs (one of them in a chemical warehouse in Balham, south London, that overlapped with his stay in the hostel, and the other in Ivor Mairants Musicentre on Rathbone Place in the West End), to work at the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, Bedford Square, WC1, where, after a period as a general clerk, he eventually became responsible, on promotion to clerical officer grade 1, for booking examination venues throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland, having himself had experience of sitting for – and passing with merit - a grade 4 piano exam at the Royal College of Music whilst still at school. After a brief flirtation with the study of history at Redhill Technical College back in Surrey, where he was then living after having moved out of his mother's flat early in the New Year (1971) first to a bedsitter in Sutton and then to a partitioned attic room in the house of an old school-friend in Wallington and subsequently to a shared room in Merstham (not far from Redhill, Surrey), he returned to his former clerical job at the ABRSM but, following an enforced move back to north London via his mother's flat in January 1974 and two years of mental torment in successive bedsits in Crouch End, resigned in 1976 due to a combination of factors, including ill-health, and proceeded to dedicate himself to a literary vocation which, despite a brief return to the ABRSM in 1977 and a fairly lengthy spell as an assistant computer tutor at Hornsey Management Agency (an affiliate of Hornsey YMCA) in the late-1980s and early-'90s, he has effectively continued with ever since, irrespective of subsequent changes of address in Crouch End, Hornsey, and, latterly, Harringay, all in the London Borough of Haringey. His novels include Changing Worlds (1976),
Cross-Purposes (1979), Thwarted Ambitions (1980), Sublimated Relations (1981), and Deceptive Motives (1982). Since the mid-80s Mr O'Loughlin has increasingly dedicated himself to
true literary vocation, and has penned more than a hundred titles of a
philosophical nature, including The Will to Truth (1983), Devil and God (1985-6),
Towards the Supernoumenon (1987), Elemental Spectra (1988-9), Philosophical Truth (1991-2), Maximum Truth (1993), Eternal Life (1995), The Soul of Being (1998), Point Omega Point (2002), The Dialectics of Synthetic Attraction (2004), The Centre of Truth (2009) and, more
recently, Musings of a Superfluous Man (2011) and Philosophic Flights of Poetic Fancy (2012).