About the Author
Lana Hart has been writing ever since she scrawled the words “Once upon a time…” onto the back of a receipt when she was three. No one could read them, of course, but she insisted that was what they said. After that, it became an obsession she just couldn’t shake.
She has translated her love for storytelling into films, short stories, and table-top role playing campaigns, and would one day love to write for the video game and television industries. She enjoys playing Dungeons & Dragons and lives in Florida with her partner, daughter, two cats, and adorable mutt of a dog.
What inspires you to write romance books?
The kind of romance that has always intrigued me involves a strong heroine, a man who complements her, and the two of them getting into all kinds of trouble in the process of finding one another. I love tension, danger, and suspense—for me, love is an adventure, and it should be written as such.
Tell us about how you write:
I don’t outline. Yes, I realize that’s making a lot of people roll their eyes right about now, but it simply doesn’t work for me and never has. I let the idea stew in my mind for as long as it takes to fully form. Once I’m comfortable with it, I begin, and it’s in the process of writing that I find all the little twists and turns I want to take to get from point A to B and so on. It’s a very organic process.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write what you want to see on the shelves. Write what personally titillates you. If you’re not into bikers or billionaires, don’t write it. Write what makes you feel whole, and your audience will follow in time.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I realized that I wasn’t interested in waiting years to find out if someone was even willing to take it on, nor did I want to try to conform to someone else’s idea of what the story ought to be. Maybe that makes me less “marketable,” but I didn’t get in this strictly for the money. I’m a writer because I love to write and create stories that are truly one-of-a-kind, and publishing independently allows me to do that.
Of course, hybrid publishing can be the best of both worlds, and self- or independent publishing isn’t for everyone. Review the pros and cons, decide what kind of risks you want to take, and if you know you don’t have a strong suit (like cover design or editing), please don’t hesitate to invest in someone who does. It makes all the difference.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think no matter what happens, we’ll carry on. I can’t predict the future of the industry, but I know there will always be readers and there will always be writers itching to make a whole new world for those readers to explore. We’ve been telling stories since the dawn of time. Even if the format changes, that’s never going to stop us.
What genres do you write?
Mystery, paranormal romance, occult, thriller, romantic suspense, horror, fantasy and sci-fi
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print