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Friday, January 18, 2013

State Of Emergency by Summer Lane

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Summer Lane

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What would you do if the world as you know it ended in an instant?
How far would you go to survive?

That was the premise for State of Emergency when I started writing the book. Most people ask me how I came up with the idea, and what inspired me to write a novel about the collapse of modern society. Honestly, I don’t know how it happened.

State of Emergency
was written in 22 days for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). I’d never participated before, so I was just playing around, trying to come up with a story to write for the month of November. State of Emergency came about because of a fascination I’ve always had for survival stories. I thought, “What if the world ended tomorrow? What if all the electricity went out and we went back to riding horses and growing our own food? How would I deal? How would the world deal?” And that was the basis for State of Emergency. I came up with the character of this slightly na├»ve, sarcastic teenager named Cassidy who gets separated from her father when an electromagnetic pulse kills all the technology in the United States. In an instant, everybody’s back to square one. Everything’s primitive again. Forget iPhones. Food and water is the newest “it” thing. People panic, and that’s where I used popular conspiracy theories as great inspiration for what happens next – the total takeover of the federal government of the United States by a completely surprising enemy.

Summer Lane

State of Emergency is dystopian, which means that it’s a book that’s set in a world that seems perfect from the outside, but on the inside it’s decaying. I took a slightly different approach: The country is quickly turning chaotic, and in the midst of it all, there is a dystopian factor. I also wanted romance in the novel, so I made sure that Cassidy would meet someone who would not only be her perfect match, but somebody with the skill set to help her survive in their situation. Enter Chris, a former Navy Seal with almost ten years of experience in the military. That was perfect. Together, the two of them try to stay alive and find Cassidy’s father at the same time.

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The great thing about writing fiction is that I could take the ideas and theories discussed everyday in the news, play around with it, and make it into a story. Truthfully, I didn’t think that story would be about the end of the modern world, but hey, you have to start somewhere.

Book Synopsis:

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.

State of Emergency
is available on Amazon & Barnes and Noble.

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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.

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