Friday, November 29, 2013

World of Writing, interview

-- Quote of the Day --

May your inkless pen never run dry.”

~ Lane Hermann

-- World of Writing -- 

 Author Lane Hermann enjoys writing about the Test Space Shuttles, although he writes across many genres ranging from non-fiction, to fiction, science fiction, to live shows. He is dedicated to educating others about the unknown and the search to exploring the new possibilities of what can be. He finds inspiration all around him and uses it to help others see things in new ways, to overcome challenges that only seem impossible. Find his first book Enterprise Everything to Know at:  Lane has a second book coming out in 2014, and can be found at:

Q: As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: An Artist. I knew early on, almost instinctively that art was a bigger world than just looking at a painting. Whether it is music, sculpture, writing, or anything else you create. When you can express a feeling through creativity you will, in turn, influence a new feeling in someone else, even if it was not what you were saying. You have inspired. You have created art.

Q: What makes a good story?
A: The key to any good story is something that people can connect with. Flow is important to story line too, beginning, middle, and end. That is just the mechanics of writing. If you cannot get your readers to connect to what you are writing about then you will fail to attract or retain the reader’s attention. This is with all forms of writing, from a simple magazine article to the big report you just threw on the boss’s desk.

Q: What makes you write in certain genres?
A: Like most, I draw ideas from all my life experiences and expand on the many possibilities and potential forks in the roads. I am a successfully diverse person who can grasp most things quickly. This allows me to work in many different fields and broadens my understanding in a vast array of subjects to potentially achieve inspirations from.

Q: Do you insert your own characteristics in your writing?
A: Facts are my subjects and goals. Facts are mechanical. Getting to the facts is explanation filler and is a means to connect me with the reader. But the reader wants a sense of relationship to the author or subject. If you have no emotional connection to the characters you write about, then the reader will seldom feel a connection to your work.

Q: What business challenges have you faced as a writer?
A: My biggest challenge has been working with the people who want to control what others eventually see. People request my work and samples of my writing. Unfortunately, my experience has been that they place their own name on it, cutting me out of my work and then refusing to properly compensate me in the process. I feel that the simple act of letting the artist be an artist is too often forgotten in today’s corporate money machines.

Q: Who are your favorite artists?
A: I have had working careers in entertainment and with the department of defense. I naturally gravitate to these types of subjects and authors. Jim Morisson, W.E.B. Griffin, Dale Brown (not to be confused with Dan Brown), Pink Floyd, and Queensryche - just to name a few out of many. Some may find my mention of music strange. Music can tell a story as well as poetry. Pink Floyd, and Queensryche tell a story over a series of songs connected in their albums. -“Rock Operas” if you will. If it is strong poetry you are looking for, than look no further than The Moody Blues.

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