Author Pen Name: Hal Lanse
CA: What genre(s) do you write? Why do you write the stories that you write?
HL: My latest book, Read Well, Think Well, is an informational book for parents who want to help their children become good readers. It’s also a book that teachers can use to plan instruction. Since my publisher has asked me to send a proposal for another book, it’s likely that I will continue to write books for parents and teachers.
CA: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
HL: Well, I started writing poems in kindergarten; but I started thinking about becoming a professional writer after I completed my Ph.D. I realized that if I could complete a book-length dissertation (for which I won an award) then I could write other books.
CA: Who or what was your inspiration for writing?
HL: My inspiration is the children and adolescents I teach. I want them to have great futures; so everything I write is to support them, their parents, and teachers.
CA: What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
HL: When I wrote Read Well, Think Well I was asked to complete the manuscript during my two month summer vacation. I basically lived at my computer for eight weeks and saw very few people other than the Chinese take-out guy. Next time around, I’ll ask for six to eight months and work mostly on the weekends.
CA: Your book is about to be sent into the reader world, what is one word that describes how you feel?
CA: What do you like to do when you're not writing?
HL: My answer’s not surprising. What’s every author’s favorite activity? I love to read. I’m a very promiscuous reader. I go with a lot of different genres. I also love the opera, especially Mozart. Walking is a blissful activity for me. There’s a beautiful wooded park near my home. And of course it’s summer, the time my son and I go to see every action movie Hollywood can come up with. A shout out to my pal Hell Boy!
CA: How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
HL: I wrote two sci-fi books for kids. They didn’t sell very well. (J.K. Rowling’s not tossing in bed worrying about competition from me—LOL.) Now, I’ve written Read Well, Think Well. It’s by far my favorite book because I feel that I’ve contributed something valuable to the world.
CA: How can a reader contact you or purchase your books?
HL: I can be contacted at www.readwellthinkwell.com. There’s also a link to my blog on the site and links to Amazon and B&N. The brick-and-mortar B&N stores have the book in the education section.