Luana picked up her first adult spy novel when she was eleven years old. Today, she continues to have a passion for the thriller/suspense genre of fiction, along with a smattering of interest in historical fiction. In addition to being an avid reader, she is also a news fanatic, following events around the world on a daily basis, particularly the Middle East.
Luana is a minister’s wife and has lived in Norman, Oklahoma for the past two decades. Previously, she resided in several different states in the South and Midwest. Along with her husband, she also served as a missionary in Costa Rica and Venezuela.
Occasionally, she reports on the experiences of newly converted Christians for Baptist Press, a national news service for Baptists. At one time, she wrote a weekly column for The Indiana Baptist entitled “A Story To Tell” describing how ordinary people became followers of Christ.
Contact Luana at email@example.com. She loves to hear from her readers.
What inspires you to write?
I’m inspired to write by a desire to create. All human beings have this desire to some extent–just watch a small child build a house of blocks or draw a picture. Creating a character and the world in which he or she lives–along with a backstory–fulfills my creative juices.
Tell us about your writing process.
I draw up a sketchy outline of scenes and how the character/s will react in that scene. But, once the scene starts, I’m often surprised by how things develop.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I always feel my characters are like actors on a movie set; they are just out there on the fringes waiting to be told what to do and how to do it.
What advice would you give other writers?
I give the same advice over and over again. To write well, you must read and read and read and read. Reading much means writing much. Reading well means writing well.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
After shopping my book out to several Christian literary agents and being told it would be difficult to place a debut Christian mystery/suspense novel with traditional publishers, even though the writing was very good, I began exploring other independent avenues to publishing my book. Amazon seemed to be the logical choice, both from a monetary standpoint and the ease of publication.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
While there will always be a market for traditional book publishers, the trend is definitely going toward ebooks. At the moment, I’ve sold as many print copies of my book as I have sold Kindle copies. Once I start offering discounts on the Kindle, though, that will change. You can’t discount a print copy like you can a Kindle copy.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
I write in the Christian mystery/suspense/thriller genre
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print