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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.Besides that, I love suspense fiction, and I find it easy to tell those kinds of stories within the context of my Christian faith.
Tell us about your writing process.
I draw up a sketchy outline of the plot. But, once the story begins, I’m often surprised by how things develop.I also write down key points of a chapter, but I’m definitely not an outliner. In that sense then, I’m more of a pantser.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
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. I don’t interact with them; I tell them what to do and watch them respond.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love Joel Rosenberg novels and I’ve been influenced by secular novelists such as Nelson DeMille and Lee Child.
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 genres do you write?
Christian mystery, Christian thriller, Christian suspense
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print, Audiobook