Monday, December 17, 2012

Part II Interview with Jennifer Lane, author of Streamline and International Giveaway

Welcome back, and here is the second part of Jennifer Lane's awesome interview! She wrote the terrific YA book, Streamline.

Goodreads book description: Seems like Leo Scott has it all: looks, brains, and athletic talent. He's captain of his high school swim team with a bright future in college and beyond. But Leo has secrets. His mother's crippling car accident has devastated his family and left Leo to deal with his father's abuse, battered and alone.

Leo's girlfriend Audrey Rose is poised for her own share of success. As one of Florida's top high school swimmers, Audrey dreams of college swimming stardom. But there's an obstacle to her glorious rise to the top. Her number-one supporter-her father-is in prison for murder.

Part murder mystery, part tale of young love in a military family, this gripping story takes readers on a journey from Pensacola to Annapolis. Leo and Audrey must band together to rise above the adversity they encounter and find their true selves in the process. When everything's on the line . . . streamline.
Author Blurb: People fascinate the psychologist/author (psycho author) known as Jennifer Lane. Her therapy clients talk to her all day long about their dreams and secrets, and her characters tell her their stories at night. Jen delights in peeling away the layers to scrutinize their psyches and emotions. But please rest assured, dear reader, she isn’t psychoanalyzing you right now. She’s already got too many voices in her head.

Stories of redemption interest Jen the most, especially the healing power of love and empathy. She is the author of The Conduct Series—-romantic suspense for adult readers—-and is currently at work on the third and final installment: On Best Behavior. Streamline is her first foray into writing for young adults, but she’s found this sort of writing even more fun. A former college swimmer, Jen was able to put a lot of her own experiences into this book.

Author Interview Part II
1. I thought it was a very interesting choice to write the story from different perspectives. In particular, it must have been fascinating to get into Commander Scott's head. Can you tell us a little about that journey?

Different personalities enthrall me so I like to hear from all the characters. I intended to bring the diagnosis of Narcissistic Personality Disorder to life with Commander Scott. He appears to be an egotistical jerk, but underlying that arrogant facade is a deep insecurity and vulnerability. I hoped to represent the complexity real people possess.

2. Probably one of my favorite parts of the book is where Leo is learning about himself from getting counseling. Aspiring writers continuously hear the mantra: "Write what you know." Can you tell a little about your job as a psychologist and how that affected your writing of this book? What was easy and what was hard about it?
"Write what you know" is exactly what I was doing by sending Leo to therapy. I've seen 25-30 psychotherapy clients a week for many years, and I draw on that experience to write therapy scenes. It's easy to know what the therapist will say, but sometimes the clients surprise me with the direction they take in the fictional therapy sessions. One of my goals is to demystify therapy.

3. What do you have on the horizon? Any new books coming up that you'd like to tell my readers about?
I'm writing the third book in my romantic suspense trilogy The Conduct Series. I'm not sure what's next after that but I definitely want to write another YA or NA novel sometime soon!

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  1. Golf would be my favorite sport of the moment. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  2. Hey, Christina! Hope you're not getting too slammed with work before the holidays. Thank you for spreading the Streamline love. :-)