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.
Now on to the FIVE QUESTIONS
1. Where did the spark of inspiration for Streamline come from?
The actor Wentworth Miller inspired this story. I loved him in the TV show Prison Break, and when I found out he was a former competitive swimmer (like me), my imagination ran wild. Learning about Wentworth’s mixed ethnic heritage also intrigued me, leading me to create the character of Leo Scott.
2. How long did it take from initial concept to publication?
This one was longer that normal. I started writing the story in July of 2007 and finished six months later at a whopping word count of 213,000 words! I’d become obsessed, writing every day. When I showed the finished manuscript to a friend, he thought it lacked a target audience (this was before we knew much about YA). I thought it was too long and unpolished, so I went on to write an adult romantic suspense series. After Omnific Publishing released the first two books in this series (With Good Behavior and Bad Behavior), I reconsidered Streamline. After a MAJOR edit, the 129,000 word novel launched on 3-27-12.
3. What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
I’m still new to this publishing thing but I hear this is the best time there’s ever been for authors because there are so many opportunities with self-publishing or small-press publishers. Still, I’ve talked to many people who have a great idea for a novel or who have started a novel, but haven’t finished. The most important advice is just write. Write and write, and you get better as you go.
4. What is your solution to writer’s block?
If I’m not feeling a scene, or if I’m not properly rested or caffeinated, I don’t write. Writing is still secondary to my career as a psychologist, and I don’t try to push it. I want to keep writing fun. I’ve also found that writer’s block can come when the scene isn’t working, so a block might be an opportunity to try a different angle.
5. Finally, Beatles or Rolling Stones?
I have to admit I’m not a huge fan of either, but I’ll choose the Beatles simply for their great song “Twist and Shout” sung so eloquently by Ferris Bueller, ha!