On Fiction Wombwell Rainbow Interviews: Jean Lant

Wombwell Rainbow Interviews

I am honoured and privileged that the following writers local, national and international have agreed to be interviewed by me. I gave the writers two options: an emailed list of questions or a more fluid interview via messenger.

The usual ground is covered about motivation, daily routines and work ethic, but some surprises too. Some of these poets you may know, others may be new to you. I hope you enjoy the experience as much as I do.

Jean Lant 1

Jean Lant

is a retired married woman who currently lives in Texas. In addition, she was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI and spent twelve years living in Las Vegas, NV. Jean has various work experiences as a crew member, secretary, a law office manager, a travel agent and co-owner of a handyman business. Her book, “Redemption: My Father’s Story”: is a gripping account of a man’s yearning for healing by revealing his corrupt past to his daughter.

Redemption by Jean Lant

The Interview

1. When and why did you start writing fiction?

I have always wanted to write books. I wrote fluff stories and movie reviews for CNI NEWSPAPERS which was a company that published weekly suburban newspapers In Milwaukee Wisconsin, In the mid eighties while I was the receptionist. However In 1970 my dad wrote a manuscript about Dismass the good thief who died on the cross with Jesus. My dad passed away in 1986 and my mom gave me the manuscript. When I retired 2 years ago I found the courage and time to take his story and write a book that includes his manuscript idea while an additional story surrounds his and the life of Samuel mirrors the life of Dismass. Here is the link to my website youtu.be/IAQBf69NjZo

2. Did your Dad introduce you to fiction?

What a wonderful question. Both of my parents read books often. My dad convinced me I was able to write great stories. He and I worked on several school projects that always seemed to include writing. So he introduced me to writing fiction.

2.1. How did your dad convince you?

My dad was a wonderful charismatic man and he would tell me I had plenty of talent to write great stories. He would add that in addition it’s another thing to be successful. That he would tell me is all about desire and hard work.

3. How aware are and were you of the dominating presence of older poets traditional and contemporary?

I really never paid attention to that. Now that I’m 68 I’m starting to feel old.

4. What is your daily writing routine?

Because I’m retired I don’t have a regimented writing routine. I do check and respond to different writing groups I belong to. When I sit down to do a project I tend to work between 6 – 8 hours a day till it’s done. The story seems to take over and I just hit keyboard symbols till I am finished. I start each day with coffee and at 4pm it’s time to share a glass of wine with my husband and discuss where the story took me during the day.

5. What motivates you to write?

I love true life events and taking them to another dimension. Almost like taking a photo and putting that photo on canvas and painting it with words of excitement, mystery, emotion and lots of beautiful colors

6. How do the writers you read when you were young influence you today?

When I read I go to the world that the author created for me. I love that feeling of being whisked away and just before I get returned to the real world I have been taught how to make my life better. One of my favorite childhood books was the Wizard of OZ. That message of being grateful for what you have seems to be always in the back of my brain. I want to take people to a world I created and teach them they are fantastic and loved always.

6.1. Interesting that Oz should inspire you yet it is an imaginary world, whereas you write of real life events?

I know That’s true. However my mind  works like nobody else’s.. Now Redemption My father’s is weird mix of true events. Dismass, the good thief was indeed a true life person yet I created a fictional person to mirror his life.  So I don’t really seem to understand where fact becomes fiction.  I am an unconventional thinker.  Sometimes I wonder if I just want everyone to life in a world of fun and happiness so I mix real and fantasy.

7. Whom of today’s writers do you admire the most and why?

Wow that’s a tough question. I think I’m so fickle that I don’t have just one. I run a book club in my neighborhood and everyone picks a different book so that we read many different authors. Since I have published my first novel I read books with very different eyes. So unfortunately I don’t have a good answer to that question..so I’m sorry to be undecided.

8. What would you say to someone who asked you “How do you become a writer?”

I believe we’re all writers. It’s a question of you taking the time and a leap of faith to tell people your story. I go back to my parents teaching me that desire and hard work equal success. If you believe you can do it, I promise you that the forces of nature will show you the way.

9. Tell me about the writing projects you have on at the moment.

Currently I’m writing the second book in my 3 book series. “Cook’s book”. A very years ago my husband and I worked for a travel agency. We did 50 plus trips and always hosted the agency guests. We loved that job. So I have taken real life events and am creating a story around those events. We didn’t realize how much we got taken and how the agency went back on what they promised to pay us. Once I have finished Cook’s Books I will be writing my 3rd book in the series “But first let’s have coffee”. In addition I’m traveling to Seattle, Twin Falls Idaho, Salt Lake City, St. George Utah and ending up in Las Vegas. In each of those cities I am doing a book signing event. It’s such a fun journey to be taking at this time in my life. Age is a state of mind and if you don’t mind neither do I. Thank you so much for doing this interview. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Good luck to you in all of your life adventures. Remember to always enjoy the journey.

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