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KEVIN MICHAEL LANNAN

"What I love most about writing is the way in which I can share my fascination with others. I have always been in love with that "Eureka!" moment that happens in a person's head, and I think that writing gives someone a way to share that elation and wonder with others."

Hi, I'm Kevin Lannan. I've been writing since I was 16 years old, when I started work on my first novel. I finished that novel when I was 17 and spent another year editing it. When I was a Freshman in University, I was introduced to an online writing website and I've never stopped writing on it since.

The authors that have inspired me the most over the years have been Steven Erikson, Glen Cook, and Orson Scott Card. It's my hope that one day I can be a published novelist that is as successful and well regarded as they are. If you couldn't already tell, my two favorite genres to read and write are Fantasy Fiction and Science Fiction.

What I love most about writing is the way in which I can share my fascination with others. I have always been in love with that "Eureka!" moment that happens in a person's head, and I think that writing gives someone a way to share that elation and wonder with others. I also really like the movie that I get to make in my own head, and I hope someday one of my works will be adapted to the big screen.

 

As a writer, I tend to spend more time doing research than actually writing. I'd like to say that all of my research makes it into my writing, but that would be a lie. I often fall down the spiral of bottomless internet reseach and get lost for hours. However, I do try to use enough of my research to keep a compelling amount of verisimilitude within my work, even for the more abstract or surreal concepts, and also hide easter eggs or secrets within the work. I figure that if any of my readers are diligent in doing their research, they should be rewarded for it.

I don't really believe in Writers Block. I think there can be issues with motivation, and heavily structured stories can have problems being planned out to perfection, but creativity is really only limited by what a writer is willing to do with their story. I'm of the mindset that if there's a lull in the story, that's the perfect time to throw in a twist.

I think that most of my works will stand on their own. However, I wouldn't mind some day building a body of works that share some connections. In the end, I mostly prefer making references to the works of other writers. It's a fun way to get other readers to talk with you about your favorite stories.

COMMENTS & REVIEWS

There are a lot of things to love about Kevin's writing, but a few things that consistently stand out. Like the breadth and depth of his characters, and his ability to write them all with a distinct voice. His worlds are always vast and unique, with no stone left unexplored. He has an ability to relate the reader, to draw them in and comfort them, to show them how his world is familiar and safe, but then stretches the boundaries of horror and belief just enough to test those bonds of trust, and more importantly, to force the reader outside of her comfort-zone. His writing is at once mature and infused with a sense of child-like wonder. Serious but not too much, funny, exciting, unexpected. 

Juliann Van Wormer

Chandler, AZ

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