My NA Sister, Summer Lane, hijacked my blog!
I don’t know how it happened. Nobody does. There are only theories, empty rhetoric and doomsday prophecies. None of them are right, but none of them are completely wrong, either. They all have a grain of truth.
All I know is where I was and what I was doing when it happened.
I’ve always been the kind of person that likes to start right in the middle of things. Which is why, I guess, I began State of Emergency at the moment an electromagnetic pulse disabled the United States, crippling its technology. I wanted the beginning of the book to grip people and make them wonder, “What’s going to happen now? How are people going to survive?” So I came up with Cassidy Hart, the main protagonist of the story and the girl we follow as she struggles to survive in the new world, find her missing father and deal with her feelings for the man she’s falling in love with.
Cassidy has been floating around as a character in my head for at least four years – now she’s finally seeing the light of day. She’s nineteen, thinks she knows everything, and for that reason she’s pretty naïve about the dark side of the world. When she gets separated from her father after the EMP hits, she’s forced to grow up. What I like about Cassidy is that she’s the kind of character you’d want to be best friends with – you know she’d always have your back, and even if she’s a little confused, she’ll end up doing the right thing in the end. She’s got spunk.
Chris was a little bit harder of a character to write. I needed him to be somebody who was old enough to have had a lot of experience as a soldier so he could believably help Cassidy survive in a world that turned into an active warzone. So I made him almost ten years Cassidy’s senior, and because I love sailors, I made him a former Navy Seal. He’s the guy who has the answers when Cassidy doesn’t. He’s also pretty hot, which doesn’t hurt anything.
State of Emergency was originally going to be a NaNoWriMo book that I saved in my “Creative Writing” file on my computer and never looked at again. It was something I wrote for fun. I never thought I would actually be publishing this book, but here I am! And I’m so happy about it. J
You can read the prologue for State of Emergency at: http://writingbelle.blogspot.com/
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.
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.
Doesn’t it sound awesome! Going to get my hands on this baby RIGHT NOW!
You guys remember I already did The Next Big Thing, right?
And, since I have another WIP to talk about, I’m doing it again ;)
What is the working title of your next book?
Breaking the Reins
Where did the idea come from for the book?
From this music video:
What genre does your book fall under?
NA Contemporary Romance
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Hm, what if they are not actors? I have the perfect people on my Pinterest board, but they are older than I wanted to. Though, for actors, I choose these:
Maxi Iglesias as Leo (maybe hair a little longer?)
Lyndsy Fonseca as Hannah (still older than I wanted. Lyndsy is 25, and Hannah is 20)
GUYS! The model of the cover! If I could show her to y’all already … she’s perfect as Hannah ;)
Max Fercondini as Eric (without the facial hair though)
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
One sentence? Too hard. Try this:
Hannah lives under the control of her violent boyfriend, famous polo player Eric. Until rookie Leo comes along and steals Eric’s spotlight and polo title. And now Leo wants to steal Hannah.
But I also wrote the query, or the blurb if you will:
Twenty years-old Hannah Taylor’s life revolves around horses, balls, mansions, tea parties, and all around lies. In front of others, her family and her relationship with Eric is perfect. But she knows the truth. She lives the truth.
When alone with Hannah, twenty-five years old Eric Bennet, a world famous Polo player, is possessive and authoritarian. Despite her best effort to disguise it, Hannah is afraid of him and of the power he has over her and her family.
Then twenty years-old Leonardo Martinez struts onto the Polo scene. A cocky rookie with a messy life of his own, he isn’t fazed and keeps staring at Hannah, even when Eric makes it clear she is his and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep it that way. Hannah suffers for Eric’s jealousy, and it only gets worse when Leonardo swipes the title of best Polo Player in the World from under Eric’s feet.
But the title isn’t enough for Leonardo. He wants Hannah too. And she can’t deny her attraction to him either. Somehow, she must find a way to break free from abusive Eric, before he breaks every bone in her body. Literally.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Probably self-pubbed. I’m writing it and planning all the steps to self-pub it … but if in the way some agent come after me (HA!), I might think about it =P
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Hm, I just started writing it …
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Another hard one. Maybe Delicate by Steph Campbell, but that’s YA. And maybe Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens because she’s torn between two relationships and she can’t seem to escape neither.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
It began with the music video linked above. And it also continued when I started researching more about Polo. I found out about Facundo Pieres, a famous polo player, who plays with his brothers, and his father was also famous. They have a tight family and they always look too good together ;)
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Hot guys playing polo. Horses. Ranches. A happy family. A broken family. A broken girl. A broken horse. Domestic violence. Tears. Romance. Kissing. Rolling in the hay.
AND my super talented cover designer got me a freaking PHOTOSHOOT for this. So expect an amazing cover!
Here are the fabulous writers I’ve tagged to tell you about their Next Big Thing! My NA sisters:
So, I began writing a new manuscript yesterday.
It had been ages, and I really mean a long long time, since I began a new project. Basically, I have been editing and revising for the last year and I am tired of it. Exhausted. So you can imagine my excitement—and nervousness— for starting something new after so long.
My enthusiasm wants me to write all the words in record time and to resist the siren call of the internet.
Related to this topic, I’m reading a book called 2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love by Rachel Aaron—you probably read the blog post she wrote about it in 2011 (though I only found out about it late 2012). It was very useful and inspirational. Right after the huge response her blog post caused, she wrote a short book, with more techniques and explaining her outline process, etc. So far, I highly recommend this book to any writer.
One of her tricks is to get out of home and go to a place without internet. Since I don’t really want to leave home to write, I installed an add on called Nanny on Chrome that won’t allow me to surf the net during “business” hours. I’ve came across this addon after my husband showed me a paragraph on the book he’s reading (The CEO Manual) where the writer of the book confesses he can get easily lost in the internet and wouldn’t have finished that book if he hadn’t installed that add on on his browser.
I know exactly of what he’s talking about. And I don’t want to be like that. I love writing, then why am I not writing?
Side note: though I’m trying to find another one add one/program that will let me cut the internet on a schedule I come up with—anyone knows of one like that?
So, yeah, you won’t (or shouldn’t) see me online much for the next couple of weeks. Hopefully. And by then I’ll have a first draft written. Hopefully.
And … if you’re curious about my new manuscript, come back here Thursday … I’ll do one of those The Next Big Thing posts about it ;)
Happy writing to us!
Hey friends! Welcome to the first ROW80 update of the year!
Let’s skip all boredom and go directly to the point, shall we?
Here are my goals for the past week and how it went:
- Writing: actually, I’ll revise my novel, Destiny Gift. Done. And played with the outline of the novel I’ll start writing next week.
- Reading: finish reading book #1 and #2 of the year. Done. I also finish 1 novella and beta-read 100 pages of my CP’s ms.
- Social media: Twitter: try to be present, but not too much. Blog: post a couple of times. Done.
- Exercising: at least 4x. Went to the gym 6x.
My goals for the next week:
- Writing: start Breaking the Reins. Send Destiny Gift to the editor.
- Reading: finish reading book #4 and 5 of the year.
- Social media: Twitter: try to be present, but not too much. Blog: post a couple of times.
- Exercising: at least 4x.
So, guys, I would like your help. My book, Destiny Gift, which comes out in April (and has a cover reveal coming up soon—sign up for it here!) is up on a few Goodreads lists, and I would love if you voted for it. Three of those lists are: Highly Anticipated NA Books of 2013, Speculative New Adult Fiction, and 2013 New Adult Releases. I’ll love you forever! Thanks <3
Don’t forget to check on the other ROWers on the official blog!
Have a great week!