Streamline by Jennifer Lane – Author Interview & Ebook Giveaway

Welcome to Author Jennifer Lane

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.

Whether writing or reading, Jen loves stories that make her laugh and cry. In her spare time she enjoys exercising, attending book club, and hanging out with her sisters and their families in Chicago and Hilton Head.

Links
Twitter: http://twitter.com/JenLanebooks
Website: http://www.jenniferlanebooks.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000988881829

Interview:
What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?

I’m very eager for The Hunger Games movie *squeals*, and I’m curious about Insurgent (the sequel to Divergent).

If you were a super hero what would your kryptonite be?
Warm chocolate-chip cookies. They’re my downfall every time!

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
Music definitely inspires my writing, and one song that makes me think of Leo–the hero from Streamline–is “Stronger” by Kanye West. (N-n-now that that don’t kill me / Can only make me stronger). And Ben Folds Five’s “Gracie Girl” reminds me of the relationship between Audrey and her father.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
Definitely. There’s a minor character in Streamline named Elaine, who’s Audrey’s best friend. Elaine is a successful swimmer but she’s a big, muscular girl who doesn’t have much luck in the romance department. She’s the side kick to her gay teammate Alex. All of this I can relate to! And my protagonist in The Conduct Series is a psychologist like I am, so there are some similarities between Sophie Taylor and me.

What is your favorite Quote?
“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”–Charles Swindoll (check out my other favorite quotes at http://pinterest.com/jenlanebooks/quotes/)

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
The beach. Anywhere. There’s something spiritual about the beach, and I love swimming miles in the ocean.

Cats or Dogs?
I have a plus-sized cat named Izzie, and I like to travel with ease, so I have to go with cats. But my sister just adopted the cutest puppy ever, which made me reconsider getting a dog.

Spontaneity or Planning Ahead?
I’m absolutely a planner. I don’t know if you’re familiar with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, but I’m a strong “J”–I plan the HELL out of life. It’s great I have more spontaneous friends who get me out of my rut. Pharmaceuticals also help when I get anxious from trying to plan every friggin detail.

Favorite sport?
Though I love volleyball (and I played it three years in college), it’s obvious my favorite sport is swimming. I started swimming competitively year-round at age eight, continued in high school and college, and still swim a couple of miles twice a week with friends. In Streamline, when Dr. Ina asks Leo what he likes about swimming, he replies:

“So much. It’s an individual sport. It’s all on me — the victories, the defeats. I love how hard it is…Not everyone’s willing to wake up before zero-five-hundred, and only the strongest can make it. It’s also cool how soothing and refreshing the water is. It’s like another world where you can’t hear a thing; you’re just alone in your thoughts. And to swim fast, you can’t fight the water. You have to flow with it, feel it, surrender to it.”

Streamline

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.

Ebook Giveaway
I have 1 ebook of Streamline for Giveaway on this blog.
Open Internationally
Ends 4/21/12

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