Hi guys! It’s Monday, and this means it is time for a new interview in the Creative Business Diaries series. This week is dedicated to Lanna Webb, “a reader from way back, an experienced educator, and an avid fan of family dinners. Stories have always floated around in her head; she began writing them down out of self-defense.”

In her own words:

One day, I was at work and started having a hard time focusing on what people were saying to me. I went home to rest. Thinking to keep busy, I picked up a book. I couldn’t read. I mean, I knew what the individual words were, but I couldn’t put even two or three words together and process the information. It rocked my world. It’s been a long recovery. It was some time before I could even watch a sitcom and follow the story and months before I could read again with any real understanding. The fact that I am now a published author is a testament to God’s power and grace. My hope is that my success will be someone else’s encouragement.

Lana Webb
Lone Wolf, Lana Webb

1. What do you create?

I create Christian historical fiction novels, one of which, Lonesome Wolf, is published and available on Kindle with paperback coming soon.

2. Why do you create?

I think the best reason for why I create is the fact that inside of me are stories begging, and sometimes screaming like a banshee, to get out.

3. When did you start creating?

Honestly, I can’t remember a time I didn’t create. The first complete story I remember was in the first or second grade and was some weird song about a woman who lived in a hole under a tree. lol

4. What advice would you give to someone who wants to share their creations/start a business but doesn’t know where to start/is afraid of reactions?

Take a look out there in your field. Other people – writers, painters, crafters, sculptors, whoever – exist, thrive even. One day, they were you; one day, you could become them.

5. Favorite social media to promote/to find inspiration and what tips do you have to succeed on that network (if any)?

Of all social media, I prefer Facebook for marketing and marketing tips. My advice to anyone wanting to best utilize social media is to join FB communities of likeminded people. I’ve gotten a lot of help from friends I’ve met on Facebook.

6. Who inspires you and why?

Tamera Alexander is a Christian Historical Romance author. I loved the first books she published, but now I am in awe of her talent. To watch that, to see an author who is already talented get better at her craft, is amazingly inspiring. It gives me a hope that perhaps my talent will grow, as well.

7. What are some of the disadvantages of the business you are in and how do you beat them?

I think the main disadvantage of being an indie author is the marketing element. So very many books exist, written by so very many authors; it is a mammoth undertaking to try and connect with readers in a unique or memorable way.

8. Was there a moment when you wanted to quit? Why?

Hahahaha. I went several months without working much. Ready to get back to it, I picked up a book to edit and HATED it. lol. I mean, it was awful! I loved the story and the characters, but the writing was ridiculous. Thankfully, I put it down and picked up Lonesome Wolf.

9. How has your business evolved since you started it?

Did it go in the direction you were expecting? Honestly, I wasn’t even expecting it to BE a business. I never really expected writing to be anything more than a hobby. I like to say that one day I looked down and realized I’d written a novel. And it went pretty much like that. Suddenly, I had a business. I’m still figuring out which direction it will go.

10. What makes you mad about the creators’ community and how would you change that?

Wow. Good question. I think what I dislike the most is how so many of us are focused so much on what we can do about marketing our own product that we don’t work hard enough on what we can all do to promote each other’s. I’m not sure exactly what the fix to this issue would be, but I think it would look a lot like what you’re doing. 😉

lone wolf

Random 5:

1. Chocolate or Pancakes? Pancakes, with lots of butter and syrup. Now, I’m hungry.
2. Sweet or Salty? Salty, almost always.
3. Wine or Beer? Wine. (Beer? Blech. lol)
4. Swimming or Skiing? Skiing. Definitely skiing. Swimming grosses me out.
5. Harry Potter or The Lord of the Rings? Easy – LotR all the way.

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