Luana Ehrlich is the author of the award-winning Titus Ray Thriller Series, featuring CIA intelligence officer Titus Ray and the Mylas Grey Mystery Series, featuring private investigator Mylas Grey. Her novels are clean reads with intriguing plots, fascinating characters, jaw-dropping twists, and occasional touches of heart-warming romance.
Besides being an award-winning author, Luana is a minister’s wife, a former missionary, and an avid reader. As a news fanatic, she follows events around the world on a daily basis, particularly the Middle East.
Luana developed her passion for spy thrillers and mystery novels at an early age, but she didn’t begin writing her series of Titus Ray Thrillers until her husband retired from the ministry. Now, she writes from an undisclosed location, trying to avoid the torture of mundane housework, grocery shopping, and golf stories. However, she occasionally comes out of hiding to visit with her two grandsons or to enjoy a Starbucks caramel macchiato.
What inspires you to write?
I was inspired to begin writing thrillers and mysteries after years of being an avid fan of the genre. Now, I continue to write because I keep hearing from fans of Titus Ray Thrillers and Mylas Grey Mysteries who keep urging me to write more books and to write them faster!
Tell us about your writing process.
I consider myself a hybrid when it comes to the process of creating my mysteries and thrillers. That is, I make a brief outline, but after doing so, I allow the characters to tell me where to go from there. I do all my writing on a word processing program on a laptop computer from a cozy armchair in my master bedroom, which has a lovely view of my backyard.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Since all my novels are written in first person in the voice of the main character–either Titus Ray or Mylas Grey–I would have to say I listen to my characters, but I wouldn't say I talk to them. The secondary characters are relating to these two men, and all my secondary characters are composites of people I've interacted with throughout my life, and I've had the opportunity to meet some really interesting real-life characters!
Who are your favorite authors?
I'm a big fan of the big-name mystery/thriller writers: John Grisham, Nelson Demille, David Baldacci, James Patterson, Lee Child, plus Christian authors Davis Bunn and Joel Rosenberg.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
After doing a ton of research on coming trends, I decided to publish all my books through Amazon. I didn't go the traditional publishing route nor did I go with an agent. This has worked out well for me, although I understand it might be difficult for authors who don't want to do their own formatting and marketing, two things I rather enjoy.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe there will always be print books, but the future is definitely in the digital formats, and away from traditional publishers.
What genres do you write?
Mystery/Suspense/Thrillers; Romantic Suspense; Christian fiction
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print, Audiobook
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