State of Emergency
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sarcastic, and a little naive. But when an electromagnetic pulse takes
down the United States, she's forced to kick into full survival mode
when she gets separated from her father.
Yeah. Things suck.
But with the help of a handsome soldier named Chris, she just might
find her dad without getting into serious trouble.
Emphasis on might.
Oh. And there's the matter of avoiding getting killed in a world that's
quickly turned into an active war zone.
It's going to change Cassidy's life.
It's going to be a major pain in the butt.
Summer Lane is the author of the YA/NA Dystopian Romance, State
of Emergency. She is a freelance writer, editor and lover of all things
feline. Summer is also the author of Snappy Social Networking: How
to Dominate the Blogosphere & Everything in Between. In her spare
time, Summer is the creator of the online magazine/blog, Writing
Belle, in addition to being a frequent contributor at NA Alley, a website
dedicated to all things New Adult.
Summer began writing when she was 13 years old, due to the fact that
the long afternoons after school were somewhat boring, and writing
stories seemed to make the time pass a little quicker. Since then she
has written many books about jungle cats, secret agents, princesses and
spaceships. She is also a non-fiction writer, but her debut novel, State
of Emergency, is her favorite book yet. You can find Summer hopping
around on the Internet by following her on Twitter @SummerEllenLane,
or on Facebook: Writing Belle.
A Few Questions I Had For Summer Or What Some Might Call An Interview
1. So my first question is probably really obvious but I feel the need to ask
anyway... Are you a doomsday prepper? And If you aren't, are you thinking
about becoming one now that you've written a book about surviving when
I’ve always liked to be prepared for an emergency. All throughout High
School I would keep an emergency Go-Bag under my bed stocked with spare
clothes, medications and a few sentimental things I didn’t want to lose if we
were invaded by Russia or something…(not that I had a wild imagination or anything) I’m not a doomsday prepper, but I have always wondered what
would happen if some big emergency came up tomorrow. How would I cope?
I am a firm believer in being prepared for any emergency (I bought my dad
portable camping gear and waterproof matches for Christmas. Because yes, I am that girl.), so I just took that premise and came up with a story about a girl who has grown up with a dad who is a doomsday prepper.
2. I'm so glad to see that main character Cassidy has a sarcastic voice. Whatmade you decide to add that type of humor to a book about surviving theend of the world?
I have read a lot of books set in a post-apocalyptic environment, and I know
that that kind of novel can be depressing (doom, gloom, destruction..etc), so
I wanted my main character to have a little spunk. Sure, the modern world is collapsing, but at least Cassidy can find something to laugh about! Laughing is the best way to deal with something scary – both fictionally and in real life. I really believe that, and so does Cassidy. J
3. Handsome soldiers.... yum. Oh sorry, got distracted there for a minute
thinking of Chris Hemsworth in Red Dawn (oh MY) ok back to business.
What made you decide to write State of Emergency as a New Adult book
instead of a Young Adult book?
Ha! I loved that movie!! * swoons * My main characters are way past High
School. Chris Young, Cassidy’s love interest, is twenty-eight years old. Cassidy is nineteen, almost twenty. They’re both adults, and they deal with themes that fall into the NA ball field: Living without parents, falling in love seriously for the first time, even seeing people die. My book is also suitable for YA readers, though. I wanted to write a book that my younger brother could enjoy as much as my friends who are going to college.
4. Do you find that listening to music helps you when writing or does it
become a distraction? If you do listen to music is there a playlist to go
along with State of Emergency?
I love music! I would positively lost without it. I can write in complete
silence or in the middle of Starbucks, but my favorite environment is in
my office with a movie score playing in the background. Songs with words
are somewhat distracting for me when I’m writing (although I make an
exception for this when it comes to Ed Sheeran!). If I had a playlist for State of Emergency it would be a compilation of the soundtracks on my iPod. Think Red Dawn by Ramin Djawadi.
5. I know State of Emergency has just released but have you started working on another novel? If so is it also New Adult? (I love New Adult by the way)
Yes! I’m currently working on the sequel to State of Emergency. I also have a few other novels in the works, all of which will be New Adult, too. I love the story opportunities that the New Adult category gives me as a writer. It opens up so many new avenues for characters.
Visit Summer at http://writingbelle.blogspot.com/ to read the prologue for State of Emergency