Happy Friday, my lovely friends! :) Today a wonderful author friend, Ms Summer Lane, and she is celebrating her New Adult Dystopian book release, State of Emergency.
Cassidy Hart is your typical High School graduate: A little shy, a little 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.
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Wow! Great blurb, right? I, for one, cannot wait to read this book. Would you like to win a copy? The rafflecopter is at the end of this post. I got a chance to ask her a few questions, so without further ado, may I introduce the awesome, Summer Lane.
1. Please give us a brief summary of State of Emergency.
State of Emergency is the story of Cassidy Hart, a nineteen year-old girl from LA, surviving after the United States is hit with an electromagnetic pulse. She gets separated from her father and will do whatever it takes to find him – with the help of a former soldier named Chris.
2. How difficult is it writing dystopian compared to contemporary or fantasy?
The research! With a story like this, I have to make sure everything is factually correct – survival techniques, the effects of an EMP, etc. I also had to make sure that Chris, who is a former Navy Seal, actually did things that were tactically accurate. There were other things like making sure the distances between point A to point B was correct – a lot of my story focuses on a journey made on foot through a post apocalyptic environment. How long would it take to walk 40 miles in the rain? How long would all the food in supermarkets last until it got rotten? Would people stay in one place or look for help? I really had to make sure everything was believable.
3. If you were to choose a song that best fits the story, which one would it be?
The first song that popped into my head was Uprising, by Muse. It’s a kind of melancholy, gritty song about staging an uprising against a metaphorical invasion. That definitely fits a dystopian environment where everything is getting really crazy, really fast.
4. I know that when I am writing, I can’t help but put a little bit of myself, say a quality in a character. Does Cassidy have some of your qualities/personality or is she modelled after anyone in particular?
Cassidy is her own person, but when you’re writing about a character that’s so close to your heart (Cassidy’s been waiting to get published for a long time), I think a little bit of your personality leaks into her. I know a little bit of her sarcasm is definitely my fault. I take the blame for that one – as my brother would love to point out! Cassidy is also inspired by all young women who portray one of my favourite traits: Independence. She’s strong, and even though she’s lacking some real world experience, she can take care of herself when she has to – and does!
5. My writing cave—It’s not a cave really, more like an open flatland where I can keep an eye on my children—is, well, messy. Sticky-notes, keepsakes from my children, pens, papers...what is your writing space like?
Ah! My writing space is currently covered with sheets of paper, ARCs, notepads, pens, scrunchies (yes, really!) and a thousand tiny pieces of papers with event reminders on them. My cell phone is also right next to my computer so I can keep up on all my emails – it’s pretty crazy. I always clean it up at the end of the day, but when I’m working…well, things just happen. Oh, and I don’t know why my writing space always ends up being a great place to have a snack…
Thank you so much for taking time to answer thequestions, Summer. I wish you all the best with State of Emergency.
Thank you for having me! I loved visiting! J
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.
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Happy release day, Summer Lane!