An Interview With Lane R Warenski
Lane R Warenski has been with Wolfpack Publishing since late 2016 and is the author to the best selling western series, Grizzly Killer. Warenski was raised being proud of his pioneer heritage and with a deep love and respect of the outdoors. Ever since childhood, following his father, Warenski has hunted, fished, and camped the mountains of the West. Warenski lives in a log home in Duchesne County, Utah, where he has an unrestricted view of the highest peaks in the mighty Uinta Mountains.
Wolfpack: What motivated you to first start writing?
Lane R Warenski: I have been an avid reader most of my life, at least my adult life. While on a camping trip a few years ago as I was sitting by the campfire with a book in hand reading when a close friend asked me if I had ever thought about a writing a book, up until that time I hadn’t. I started to think about it a lot upon returning home and decided to try. Grizzly Killer: The Making of a Mountain Man is the result of my first attempt. I found I really enjoyed telling the story and have found it very gratifying that others have enjoyed reading it.
WP: Do you think you will ever write in another genre other than westerns?
LRW: I really don’t know. I would not rule anything out but western history has always been my favorite topic. Thus, I believe I am more knowledgeable about that topic than most other topics. If a story comes to mind in another genre I would not be opposed to trying.
WP: I know you grew up hunting, fishing, and camping, do you still do these things regularly?
LRW: Yes, these things have been my passion throughout my life and I have been fortunate to have a wife of 33 years that has not only supported me but has been with me doing all of these things.
WP: What inspired you to write Grizzly Killer?
LRW: Many times I have looked over a vista in the Uinta Mountains and wondered what it must have been like to be one the very first men to see their rugged beauty. Reading through the daily journals of William Ashey, Jedidiah Smith, the biography of James Beckwourth, and many more have made me wonder as well what kind of men it took to brave this unknown wilderness. Grizzly Killer is the result of my imagination creating a character I believe was strong enough to survive, good enough to be successful, and honorable enough to do what he believes is right.
WP: What does an average day look like for you?
LRW: I have worked all my life and am just getting ready to retire at the end of this summer. So my daily routine is about to change dramatically. Up until now I am in the office at work at 5:00 AM and put in a 10 hour day. On the weekends I am up early as well (out of habit) and set in my office and write. Sometimes for just two or three hours then it is out doing the chores of one kind or another. With retirement I hope to write every day. I find that quiet time in the mornings is when I enjoy writing the most.
WP: Do you have a designated writing spot? What does it look like?
LRW: Most of my writing is done in my small office. It has three large windows that looks out at my yard and on up to the high Uinta Mountains that are just twenty miles north of my home. It is decorated with western décor and has knotty pine book shelves loaded with mainly western books, but not exclusively western. I also like to read authors like John Grisham, James Rollins, Dan Brown, Michael Crichton, and many others though the vast majority are westerns.
WP: What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten? (about writing or anything else)
LRW: It was instilled in me at an early age, to do the best you can do at whatever it is you are doing. My parents taught me it didn’t matter if you are the best, what matters is you do your best. That is advice I have tried to live in all aspects of my life.
WP: Do you continue to write from routine or new inspiration?
LRW: Both, I write when I am inspired but when I’m not I write from routine. I have found when I write from routine the story often inspires me and sometimes leads the story in a direction I was not even thinking of.
WP: Do you think, as a writer, you see the world differently because you’re always thinking about possible stories?
LRW: Not at all, I think as a writer I look at the world as a source for my stories, if anything it would be just the opposite. I see my stories differently because of the world. I have only written of the past and other than the actual history the stories comes from my imagination. I can see the world changing a character in my stories more than I can see looking at the world differently.
Learn more about Lane R Warenski here and look for Grizzly Killer: Hell Hath No Fury later this month!