Interview with Lana G. Hurn

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To release what the mind has a way of building up. A way to vent maybe....
I just love to write and I can get so caught up in it. My mind never has a dull moment I suppose.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I'm a native of WV. Born and raised a coal miners daughter. I have stated that I'm not a redneck, but in my heart, maybe I am. Either way, I wouldn't be ashamed of it. However, I do have family members that are. ----(Ssh-h-h) I was never a city person. I love country living and how it makes you feel.

Spending hours on end in the mountains as children was a great time. We didn't have hand games at that time, so nature was ours. I believe everything in my life has contributed in some way. Maybe that's why my mind seems to work overtime.

After I was grown, my mother died, too early, from Melanoma cancer and my dad was met his demise through, who everyone has always believed, through a family member. But that remains in the Lord's hands, not ours. You think of so many things when you start writing. Maybe there's a story here!
What is the hardest aspect of writing for you?
First, let me say, if anyone is thinking about writing a story of any type, you really must try the Smashwords site, (at least once). Read the information given by Mr. Mark Coker. You'll find just how easy this site is to move around in as well as having the capability of making corrections even if you have gone Premium Status. If you follow the The Style Guide book in Mr. Coker's information, you'll be amazed at what you can do.

When writing, you type as your mind releases the story information. Once the story is in text, you go over, and over and over, but still you can always find something in error.

When you turn off certain functions within your Word documents, sometimes it flags your typing errors and verbiage usage, but, sometimes it doesn't.

If you are working without an editor, then it's much harder. I have family that contacts me when they find errors, but even they miss a few. Trust me, you can find plenty and it's much harder than anyone would realize! When you find them, let me know. OK?

When working with my last three stories, I noticed when I went back on line to view it, it was not the same as I had downloaded. This happens if you are using MSWord that does not meet the standard. I use the Office365, but must to back and save it as a Word 97-2003 document. Also, don't do what I have done.... if you make changes to a story and you have more than one copy, you run the risk of downloading the wrong one. I did that on "All Aboard" and caught it nearly three days later. So if you have several saved copies of "one" story, please get rid of any you do not need and always save a copy of the original to a stick or other devise. You wouldn't want to loose any of you hard work. Anyway, that's that! Good luck.

However, together we have found out that when your work has been typed in MS Word and it is being edited in (Works), by someone else, you have several differences in errors. Works is not the same as Word! This is very important if you are thinking of writing a book. Word is best, but you have to purchase Word. "Works" usually comes downloaded on all computers.

With that being said, errors are hard to locate: such as punctuation's. You look so long at the stories, all the !,",(, seem to run together. You must then go back to see if your paragraphs are in alignment. Not to much text in one area before entering another paragraph.

Since I enjoy reading, it is amazing what I have seen in works of others, (typos, interjections of web sites where they shouldn't be, an interjected period where it should not be, etc.), but hard to see in your own. So that helps a little in my own work, but I don't operate on that. When I saw errors in other works, I really never gave it much thought. These were seen in printed books and ebooks. But now, I hate to look back and see them in mine and not everyone gets caught. On my Kindle, I'm reading a book and in the middle of a sentence was a 2/3 page of inserts. I had to scan and go to the next page to find where the sentence picked back up. This was full of web sites, info on where certain information came from, (books, editorials and such), other authors names and their books, etc.

I've been reading a book here lately, although I won't give the title or author, that, so far has had multiple errors. One sentence, regardless of how you try and read it, it will not follow itself. That is what I'm talking about...... it's very difficult to catch. This book is a bound, hard cover, so there's no going back for corrections. At least on ebooks, you can go back as needed.

I believe when we read works that belong to other people we have no knowledge of what's next so we see everything. But, in your own work you know what the complete story is and it's very easy to read the text without really seeing it sometimes. Does that make sense? Such as in Jacob and the Dragon, I needed the word screeched and it reads as scretched. It was not flagged and I totally missed it even after reading four times.

However, I try my best to make these corrections as quickly as I find them, but, sometimes it's just too late. When your not perfect, that's what happens; errors. Hopefully, there are few, but even better if there were none.

I would like for my readers to get something from the story other than an error. If you have never written a story, try it! It can be very complicated. Writings in the first and second person seems to make it more difficult.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
By what my interests are! At times, my interest varies so from time to time I'll just scan through books on-line and see if one grabs my attention. I enjoy stories on the planet earth. So many disasters weekly. If you don't believe that, check it out on the Web. They will truly make you stop and think, "What in the world is going on?" I personally need to know what's going on in other countries and such and how eventually how it is going to effect us all.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was Cassie's Dream. Back in 1985.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
There are so many. Like the Presidents, Suspense, etc. There are so many great Authors out there It would be hard to choose a favorite. I'm not a romance reader, nor books of sexual content and bad language, so those are not within my comments..

True stories are what I love best. I have some that are generic, such as one on my own cancer ordeal.

Due respect would not be given to all those Authors' books that I have read.

To be totally up front and honest with you, if I had to pick one at this very moment, it would be the Bible. I truly enjoy the stories of the past, present and what the future holds. It's filled with all walks of life that are true and for me, that's makes it a historical masterpiece.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Wow! When I'm not writing.... I stay busy with everything else; I'm never bored.

T.V. is something I do very little of. It takes up too much time. If a movie gets my attention in the first fifteen minutes, then maybe I'll finish. Too often I may leave a movie with only minutes left, just to do something else.

A few crafts that I enjoy would be making fashion jewelry, sewing, (I do alterations for people), and making home-made soap. I love being out on my trails, reading, canning and sometimes just being lazy. My husband and I have started bicycle riding. But, being lazy at times is probably the most fun of all.
Describe your desk
Probably like most. Very confusing!
Not really, it's relatively neat. The main thing is, I know where things are. But as far as my work area, everything that I mostly use, other than when I have to design a covers, is on the computer. So actually, I really don't have a messy workstation. More often than not, I'm typing on my laptop, then for a change of pace, I'll take a copy downstairs to the desktop. I have to watch doing that so I continually carry the most updated version to wherever I'm working.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life. Just waking up is a blessing and gift! Isn't that why it's called the present?

When I think of the many that won't get that next, (present), opportunity in the morning, that should make any of us inspired. Wouldn't that inspire you?
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle Fire. I also enjoy reading from the laptop.
But, with that said, there's still much to be said about a good-ole, turn-page book!
What's it like for you to write?
For me, it's very enjoyable.

I've never considered myself an author, but I love writing. Authors were those with great works! However, I have found that you don't have to have the label of "great", to have something to offer. I love to write, so if anyone gets some type of enjoyment from my "works", (especially children), then it was worth while. In my stories, I try to make a point with love, self esteem, not to judge others, be thoughtful, and be yourself and that we should treat others as we would like to be treated.

The nation as a whole needs to focus back on the "we" nature. At some point , we forgot all about (we and us) , and turned to the (I and me) attitude.

Children enjoy all types of books and with everything digital these days, it is a great media to put the stories out there.

For years, my younger sister pressed me to do something with my stories. So for her, I decided to do it. She did email a message to me and said, "It's about time".

Two of the books that are published, "Cassie's Dream", and "Mike's Mighty Miracle Mouse", I wrote over ten years ago. I made these two personal for a couple of family members. Their real names were supplied instead of the story names with their own pictures. That was pretty cool! Then I printed and bound them on stock paper with the front and back covers laminated. I had fun doing those and they were about 5 x 7 books.

There is something special when you have a book that's personal with your name in it and you know no one else will ever have that one. One where "you" are the main character. I made one for a client at the barber shop and used their grand-daughters name as a substitute, then printed it. They loved it. All names in the story were their family members.
What do your fans mean to you?
Being new, there aren't' any and may never be any, but one cannot worry about something that you have no control over. Just be happy! *laughing.
That's absolutely fine though, we all start somewhere, so I will continue to write even though late in life and do it for myself first. As I stated in one of the other questions, if one line or paragraph resonates with just one person, I can at least my work was done.
What are you working on next?
Well, after finishing "Marbleman", I stopped for over a year because I do have other things to do, but I have completed another that 'I'm getting ready to publish. It's called "Station 34. As you can see by the title, it pretty much takes place in a firehouse. The story line was fun and one of my members said they really enjoyed it. I enjoyed the story line myself, so hopefully there's hope for it. If not the there's been nothing lost and everything gained in writing the story.

The one on my own cancer, well I will have to think about one. It will need to be listed under adult content I believe, if pictures are involved. They are "not" pretty, but then sometimes isn't. I not too sure through e-books if the downloads will accept pictures. Maybe not due to books not exceeding Smashwords guideline requirements. Who knows what life has in store. Do what you enjoy and enjoy what you do and be happy doing it. Love, and give love, it's the best thing you can give. Don't carry hard feelings, you only make it worse for yourself; forgive and move on. Give continually the best FREE gift of all, a smile That may be all the next person you pass needed to help get through a hard situation. A simple smile to someone can do wonders at times. Although a physical smile cannot be downloaded, there are other ways to accomplish that.
In summary, I suggest using Smashwords if you are or are not an author, but would like to publish your work.
Smashwords is easy to use and if you do something wrong, you get messages on how to correct them. That could not be any easier! You are allowed to do multiple download corrections, there is no charge to publish your books and it's fun.

Please give Smashwords a try, I believe you'll love it! A couple of my family members have discussed trying this. Give it a try, what do you have to lose? That's right, nothing!

I believe my interview just turned into a book.....
But yes, go to: www.smashwords.com .............. and try writing today! EVERYONE has something to give. Send a message to hurn5262@yahoo. com and let me know if you have tried Smashwords.com. If you do, please include your name and that you are from their site in the Subject line or it will be deleted without reading. Thanks!
How do you approach cover design?
I get my cover designs now from photos I take for story purposes so it meets the Smashwords new requirements. If not from a photo, then I search for what I think an appropriate cover could be. Never, never use anyone else's cover.
Published 2017-03-23.
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Books by This Author

A Dog Named Chewy
Price: $1.29 USD. Words: 7,520. Language: American English. Published: July 6, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Chewy is great!. He loves roaming the mountains with his Master. One could never imagine how awesome he was, according to himself. Could he save the world or change the mighty winds, maybe not. Chewy was full of love and loved to sing. He enjoyed home but knew there had to be more to life than burying bones and chasing a farm tractor. He knew one day the would be his to conquer and be a hero.
Station 10
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 11,890. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
Fire Station 10, as all firehouses, keep their trucks rolling. Never a dull moment. But for a few men at the station, they get excited when one of their own, Captain Leonard, who has been down on life, since his girlfriend Robin passed away a few years back, meets up with a lady, Margaret Brintwell, who changes his life and the lives of his brothers, Horrell, Smith and Branch at the firehouse.
Marbleman
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,760. Language: American English. Published: October 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen, Fiction
Gage and his closest friends have adapted a way to help fight crime in Lockhorn City. With their identities unknown, they patrol the streets at night fighting crime with only steel balls and sling shots. But, who knew that their weapon of choice would turn out to be what turns the city around. Fighting crime is not easy, nor safe, but the six act as one and get more than enough done.
All Aboard!
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,690. Language: American English. Published: September 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Midland Express Railroad is a scenic wonderland. Kyle, Karla and Kristen enjoy their, often, trips aboard the train. The girls love playing jokes on Kyle, but sometimes the jokes are not too funny for him. But the darkened tunnel can get a little scary from time to time.
Seashells for Myra
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,160. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Pirates
Myra is a highly energetic young girl. She and her best Callie Amberdale are spending the summer together at the Outer Banks in North Carolina. Myra will experience the best vacation ever and probably the one she will never forget.
When the Snow Fell
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,140. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
When Noah Monroe and his family moved onto the same street as Angelica and her family, little did they know their friendship would become the most important thing in their lives. They loved skiing and lived for the slopes and spent as much time on Oliver Mountain as they possibly could. They couldn’t imagine their lives without each other.
When the Animals Played
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,320. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Fern Rock is a forest full of playful animals Their favorite game is "Hide-N-Seek". But, ole mean Billy Buzzard seems to enjoy tormenting the animals while playing. When Betty Coo-Coo is on the scene things have a way of being crazy. The animals plan a meeting to plot how to get rid of the old buzzard.
Jacob and the Dragon
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,080. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Jacob enjoys reading. He loves reading about Kings, Knights, Dragons, Castles and much more. In school, they were reading, "When The Animals Played", and would often find himself inside the story. English tends to slip aside leaving a different world open. He loves his best buddy Trae, and enjoys their time outside.
Mike's Mighty Miracle Mouse
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,960. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Mike is a young boy with big dreams. He and his dad are going to build a Club House so Mike and his friends will have a place to enjoy the summer. Sam, his dog, is always willing to help out any way that he can. While Mr. & Mrs. White are always supportive, even they are not sure what will be next. When the Mullenax's cat prows, then even a little brown mouse needs help .
Cassie's Dream
Price: Free! Words: 5,880. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
This story is about a girl named Cassie who loved her Grandpa. Grandpa Jack was a very sage man who had a way of telling stories about his beautiful young bride, Ms. Annie. Young Cassie was always ready to hear the wonderful stories that Grandpa told. Grandpa had a very unique way of bringing his stories to life, but Cassie had a way of making them real.