Pitch Wars 2017: #PimpMyBio

Hi, and welcome!

Cool. Now that we’ve got the 80’s references out of the way…

About my manuscript…

She’s an heiress to a whisky fortune. He’s an esteemed distillery engineer. Problem is, they’re the same person, and now she’s being blackmailed.

YA Historical set in Victorian Scotland. It won the Windy City RWA contest and is a finalist in the YARWA Rosemary contest.

How ’bout a little visual to match…


This manuscript hasn’t been queried yet; I want to get it shiny first. 🙂

I’m looking for a mentor who can help with the big picture like pacing, plot development, etc. Line editing, less so.

And I’ll work hard! I work best under deadline pressure.

About me…

Fun: I’ve been in marketing for 15+ years…so yeah, I know booze. Scotch Whisky & Wine, to be exact. My corporate background means I’m familiar with branding, PowerPoints, deadline, and spreadsheets! Exciting, right?

Not fun: went through a creative dry spell last year, beginning at 11pm on Nov 8th, 2016 and didn’t let up until Jan 21, 2017. Enough said.

More fun: I teach Pinterest for Authors and Branding for Authors for Margie Lawson’s Writing Academy, Savvy Authors, and various RWA chapters.

Most fun: I live in NY with my 6 year old, black lab puppy, and Scottish hubby.

Yeah, kilts.

ross wedding kilt

(This one’s from my wedding)

About my fave things…


Kate Elliot – COURT OF FIVES series

Sharon Cameron – THE FORGETTING



Arwen Elys Dayton – THE SEEKER series

Amie Kaufman – THESE BROKEN STARS series

Maggie Stiefvater – ALL THE BOOKS especially The Scorpio Races

Sherry Thomas – Elemental Trilogy

Cassandra Clare – Clockwork Angel series


Kiersten White – ALL THE BOOKS


currently obsessed with making Spotify playlists of  Miike Snow, Lord Huron, Ed Sheeran, and the Moana soundtrack.


About my Fandoms

Anything on BBC America & SyFy. Whedonite. GOT. The Expanse.

And, I’ll admit, some many of the Bravo programs. BELOW DECK!!

Awkward, I know.       Sorrynotsorry.

About time for a drink!

Relax, put your feet up, have a drink of Lagavulin. It’s just you and me and Nick.

And that’s about it!

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Cheers! Lana

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