Well, look no further. Because I’m ready to introduce you to a fellow blogger and author who has it all together.
Today, I’m pleased to welcome Ryan Lanz.
Hello Jean! Thanks for having me on.
Ryan, tell my readers a little about yourself. Where you’re from, and about your family life.
I’m from the Midwest, USA, although I was born and raised in Hawaii. However, I moved from Hawaii to California when I was a teenager. I’ve lived in the Midwest since my younger 20’s. There’s no beach, but the thunderstorms are great. Most of my immediate family still lives in Hawaii.
I enjoy billiards, traveling, scuba diving, and writing.
Ooh, Hawaii. One of my favorite vacation places. I do hope your family is safe from the volcano eruptions I’ve been reading about.
Thank you. Some of my family lives on the island of Oahu, where there isn’t an active volcano. My grandparents live not far from the active volcano, but it seems they’re in the clear.
I understand you have some news to share. Do tell.
I’ve recently relaunched A Writer’s Path Writers Club, which is a club where authors receive free and discounted writing-related services, such as editing, book cover design, book coaching, formatting, narration services, etc. www.patreon.com/AWritersPath
We’re excited to have the group we do, and it’s bustling pretty well.
When and why did you begin writing?
I first started writing as a teenager, although it was awful. I didn’t start to polish my writing until well into my 20’s, in my opinion. But it was an important stage of my life to try.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’d say when I started writing my first novel, which will likely never see the light of day. I’m still glad I wrote it, though.
What inspired you to write your first book?
It sounds corny but the ability to create something new out of nothing. It’s literally anything you want out of a complete void. I think that concept is neat.
Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I write in quite a few genres, mostly under a pen name, so that sometimes is a challenge, marketing wise. It’d certainly be easier to market in the same genre.
I offer a book design service where I contract out to different designers, all under one roof. I also provide other services, ranging from book coaching, editing, manuscript evaluation, formatting, etc.
Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
My favorite author of all time is the late Robert Jordan regarding the Wheel of Time series. I would trade quite a bit to read anything more by him. In some ways, I’m tempted to read the last book of the Wheel of Time series the same way Desmond wants to read Our Mutual Friend in the TV show Lost.
Do you see writing as a career?
Absolutely. I love self-publishing. I’d rather have a smaller passive income than a large one-time or temporary income. It starts out small, but it can be built over time, brick by brick.
Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I find that I learn something new when writing each story, no matter the length. Sometimes, it’s a writing mechanic and sometimes it’s learning about a new type of character.
Any advice for other writers?
It’s been said before, but just remember that a writing career is a long-term thing. It’s playing the long game. So, if you’re in it, be prepared for the long haul. Sometimes it’s long-term before many rewards, but I believe the rewards are long term.
Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Yes, I do. My writing tips website is www.ryanlanz.com and as mentioned, my Writers Club website is www.patreon.com/AWritersPath.
New things are coming out weekly and sometimes daily. It’s certainly an exciting time.
Readers, if you want to know more about Ryan his website and writers club, check out the links below.