Christian Lane makes things: music, books, websites and business plans. He has a diverse background in the arts, science and business. He grew up as an award-winning classical & jazz trombonist and organic farmer with an early opportunity to implement Integrated Pest Management. He earned a BS in audio engineering from the State University of New York. His work entailed discovery in several capacities medical reference lab informatics, satellite television analog-to-digital technology transitions, studio recording and large-scale sound system automation. He pursued an MBA at the University of Utah and became more interested in process and form. He supported the arts as a performer and benefactor, growing with the culture around him. He grew with the Internet as a self-taught web designer. He’s published a few books and has developed a rich involvement in the arts as a benefactor and spoken word artist, once performing for the NAACP in an amphitheatre.
What inspired you to become a writer?
Fantastic writers from my youth: Piers Anthony, JRR Tolkien, Anais Nin, Sylvia Plath…. My10th grade English teacher…. It all synthesized when, having found myself writing too many thousands of descriptive, persuasive emails in the wine industry, I decided to urge my clients to read my book, wherein they’d find all the help they’d need.
How did you educate yourself to become a writer?
I’ve always read voraciously, and I began reading encyclopedias at age 4. (I know, it’s strange.) I took my writing assignments to a protracted degree, once finding a 5-page term paper too limiting and devoting 31 pages to Carl Sandberg! I became a poet at age 10, and I wrote music and literature reviews on imaginary deadlines in order to hone my skills. I was invited to a writing-intensive Honors program in college, where for 4 semesters I was forced to stretch, adapting to philosophy and environmental writing. I wrote anything I could get my neurons on. I became a vanity publisher for a few years, making perfect-bound books by hand for aspiring authors and selling them to book stores. Nick Daws helped me focus, and various self-publishing outlets have provided tons of information on design, layout, marketing and motivation. So it’s been a process of seeing what others do, growing with the technology, and just doing it.
A rollicking, informative power book to help wine consumers and members of the trade remove the hot air from how we talk about wine. Interpret wine reviews, wine lists and poseur conversation. Generate your OWN language and find your "desert island" wine.