I'm very excited to be a stop on the Streamline Launch Party. Today, I have the pleasure of interviewing Jennifer Lane, author of this exciting new novel.
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by Jennifer Lane
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.
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Cherie: Tell us about your novel, STREAMLINE, in your own words.
Jennifer: Streamline is a young adult romance with elements of military, murder mystery, and competitive swimming. It’s a coming-of-age story in which Leo and Audrey transition from high school seniors to college freshmen—from young adults to “new” adults—amid drama, sacrifice, love, and hope.
Cherie: What was your most difficult chapter to write?
Jennifer: There’s a therapy chapter later in the story titled “Secrets” where Leo processes the abuse he’s endured at the hands of his father. I cried buckets writing it, and friends have told me they felt hit by a truck reading it. One reader told me this was the most intense story she’s ever read. Lest I scare readers away, I also strive to lighten the darkness through the addition of fun characters like Alex and Benito.
Cherie: Tell us one thing about Leo that we don’t learn by reading the book?
Jennifer: That’s tough to answer because I tried to delve deep into Leo’s character in this story. Maybe that he harbors some resentment toward his mother because she couldn’t protect him from his father. He’d never admit that, though.
Cherie: What one piece of advice would Audrey Rose tell girls her age?
Jennifer: Great question! Audrey would tell them to appreciate your parents while you have them. What teenager actually appreciates her parents? Audrey’s obviously mature beyond her years, due to her father’s imprisonment and her mother’s travel nursing to pay the bills.
Now for some fun questions:
Cherie: Any secret crushes? (It can be anyone real or fictional.)
Jennifer: My crush on Wentworth Miller is hardly secret—I have a Pinterest board devoted entirely to this sexy, intelligent actor! (http://pinterest.com/jenlanebooks/wentworth-miller/) With his crystal-blue eyes, mixed ethnic heritage, and background in competitive swimming, Wentworth definitely inspired the character of Leo Scott.
Cherie: Wentworth is definitely a hottie! Thanks for sharing the link. Who are you drawn to the good guy or the bad guy?
Jennifer: Definitely the good guy. I can appreciate how some women flock to bad boys for the thrill of danger, but integrity and kindness are big turn-ons for me.
Cherie: Favorite movie or television show?
Jennifer: My favorite TV show is Prison Break (see above comments about the star of the show, Wentworth Miller!) If you haven’t seen season one, get the DVD now. It’s some of the best TV around. Unfortunately, the show jumped the shark in seasons three and four.
Cherie: I haven’t seen Prison Break, but I’ll have to check it out. Do you have a mentor?
Jennifer: I have many wonderful mentors, and I write about the importance of mentors in my adult romantic suspense novels The Conduct Series (With Good Behavior and Bad Behavior). But if I have to choose one mentor, I’m going with my college swim coach Jim Steen. Coach Steen is the winningest coach in the NCAA due to his passion, brilliance, humor, and insight.
Cherie: Favorite quote?
Jennifer: Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Cherie: That is a great quote. Thanks Jennifer for being with us today!
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