Hi dolls! I want to share an amazing author with you! She currently has 3 books out with her 4th releasing very soon. She was nice enough to let me interview her. & by interview that obviously means asking her all the questions I’ve been dying to know then fangirling over her answers! 🙂
You can find my reviews of the first two books in the Crystal Clear series as well as her standalone below. They are some really good books! You’ll love them, trust me 😉 — Click the links to read my reviews, click the pictures to find them on Amazon!
Meet Lana…. ❤
Tell me a little about yourself, your likes, dislikes, etc.
Why do I feel like I’m writing a bio for a dating app? I’m Lana Kole, author of paranormal reverse harem romance. Three cats own my house, and I only live there, catering to their needs. Iced coffee fills my veins and snacks keep the creativity flowing. I’m not one for social activity, and not only because I hate real pants. Anyone wanna date me yet?
Do you use a pen name? If so, what made you decide to go that route?
I do! I’m not only an author—I have a full time job, too and I didn’t want my employer associated with my books.
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve always loved reading, and have been obsessed with the imagination and dedication it takes to create an entire world, build characters, and make them come to life on a page. Vivid dreams have always woken me up in the middle of the night, and I’d lean over and jot down the dream in my notes, wishing I could develop it into something more. It didn’t even occur to me to try publishing until I came into the RH community and learned about self-publishing, and I started developing.
How long does it take you to write a book?
It’s hard for me to answer with only four books under my belt, because I have yet to establish a routine. I would like to take three months to each book, but that’s just impossible. So, usually about a month and a half, to two months, but I’ve been cramming recently.
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
I work my full time job from 8-4, and then come home and write, and cram on the weekends. Its 24/7 grind for me right now.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Interesting? I’m not sure about that word, lol. It has to be dead silent for me to focus. A friend once called me a witch because I heard some kids playing outside my house and without even realizing, I was like, “I hear children.” You can tell I’m a single cat lady.
How hard was it to get your books published?
The process with Amazon is actually pretty simple, but its writing, and making covers, and doing promotions that are the hardest part. It takes so much time and energy out of an author to get everything ready in time.
Where did you get the idea for your books?
For Crystal Clear, it literally started with an image in my head of a woman surrounded by darkness. I worked the series around that first scene. For Feline Good, it started as a joke, a cat lady with shape shifting pets, but then it took me where it wanted to go.
Where do you get your information for books?
I despise research, honestly. So I try to build worlds that I don’t have to focus on timelines, or historical accuracy. For Feline Good, it did actually require lots of research, and my friend Stacey is an expert in all things Egyptian, so I leaned on her a lot through that book.
When did you write your first book and how old were you?
Once upon a time, my mom and I started writing a MF romance together. Yes, we’re that close and she’s that cool. I was probably around… 16ish at the time.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Reading or mindlessly watching TV, giving my brain a break.
What does your family think of your writing?
My mom is so thrilled, and she even betas for me. My aunt says she wants to read it, but I’m afraid she’ll disown me, LOL. I told my dad he wasn’t allowed to read them.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
How hard it was to actually develop a world. It’s difficult to make sure that what you envision is what you’ve written for someone else to read.
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I’ve written four books, and it’s impossible to pick which one is a favorite. Book two of the Crystal Clear Series is so light and fun and sexy, but book three is darker—in the way it’s about Mori and the guys growing together. It’s real, and they struggle, but overcoming those obstacles make them stronger together, and I think that’s beautiful in a way.
Do you have any suggestion to help someone become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Push the self-doubt away. Write through it, keep going, and always revise later. Don’t get hung up on perfecting the first paragraph before you even write the first draft.
Do you hear from readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
Oh my gosh, do I ever. I love my reader group. They send me cat memes, and basically have free reign over my group. They talk to each other a lot, and it makes my heart happy to see friendships play out.
Who is your author idol?
I really love Madison Faye, her instalove books make me so happy, lol. Kresley Cole and JR Ward got me into the Paranormal Romance world back when I was in high school. Also my girl Kathryn Moon, and I don’t say that just because we’re besties. She writes like no one else I’ve ever seen, so flowy and magical and pretty. No one could replicate that if they tried.
What are some books on your current TBR?
Well I was looking forward to Kathryn Moon’s third book in the Librarian’s Coven, but I finished that pretty quick. In case you’re wondering, it was awesome. Next is her Sun and Moon series. I’ve gotten a sneak peek at what she has so far, and I’m literally vibrating with excitement to see where she takes it. Bethany Jadin is cooking up some pretty awesome stuff that’s at the top of my list, and anything Madison Faye writes is an instabuy—she’s doing a series of historically inaccurate romances—Kilts and Kisses—and I can’t wait! JR Ward’s Savior just came out, the 17th book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, I can’t wait to sink my fangs into that one. (har-har). Also, Joanne Ganci just released her debut novel and it sounds adorable.
Thank you so much Lana Kole for answering all my questions ❤ If you haven’t fallen in love with this girl yet you are crazy. & not the good kind. Make sure you check out her books because they are AMAZING! You have time to binge-read the first two books of the crystal clear series before book 3 comes out this month!