Lana G. Hurn


I'm a native of West Virginia and now reside in North Carolina. I'm married to a Chemical Engineer, Larry, who supports (all) of my endeavors, regardless of what they are. He's great!

My blessings started by having two fantastic sisters, (Joy-WV and Jill-GA), that I cherish and love deeply.

I work as a barber at "Floyd's Barber Shop" in downtown Mayberry, NC.

In my spare time, I enjoy reading and writing, along with making jewelry, sewing, learning about end times prophecies, canning and outside on my trails in the woods. At this time, I am a six year Breast Cancer survivor and give thanks to Jesus for His support during a difficult period. Thanks as we'll to my husband for standing beside me through the ordeal. Cancer affects a family, not just the cancer person.

Thanks must be given to Lily; our small, loving Chihuahua who sat on my lap during the entire writing of this book.

My wish for everyone that writes, would be for you to put something out there, you never know what touches others and it only takes a word to make a person smile. So keep writing and always smiling!

Smashwords Interview

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; period. I love thinking of things, too much at times.
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 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 can miss a few. Trust me, you can find plenty and it's much harder than anyone would realize!

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.
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Where to find Lana G. Hurn online


When the Snow Fell
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,140. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2014. Category: 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: Free! Words: 4,320. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2013. Category: 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. Category: 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. Category: 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. Category: 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.

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Smashwords book reviews by Lana G. Hurn

  • Just One More Please? on Nov. 03, 2013
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    If you knew Jacob , you would know how precious this little boy, (young man), is. He's a wonderful child. Land.a