Monday, June 9, 2014

Guest Post: FINDING THE INSPIRATION TO WRITE by Summer Lane


The best things in life are free. For me, that includes the environment in which we find ourselves living in. I think that the everyday world is the best material for stories, and I often find inspiration for my books from the common occurrences going on around us every day.  The entire premise of The Collapse Series was based on the idea that everyday things are no longer common – they are defunct. Society as we know it has suddenly deteriorated and survival is based on how fast you are, how strong you are – and what you are willing to do to stay alive.

I live in the Central Valley of California. I’ve lived here for most of my life, surrounded by orchards of fruit trees, packinghouses and cold storage sheds. I’ve always been able to see the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains from my house – they’re just a half an hour away. I utilized the awesome setting of this place in Cassidy Hart’s story. I threw the average citizen into an intense situation and watched them struggle to stay afloat. It wasn’t a matter of writing the story – it was showing it. In fact, I found that most of the time, the story told me what to do!

 My favorite setting thus far in the series was Camp Freedom in the high mountains in State of Rebellion. I used a variety of different ideas from different campgrounds in the Sierra Nevada Mountains as springboards for the camp, and I hope that I get to return to that setting at some point in the series!


Book & Author Details:
State of Pursuit by Summer Lane
(Collapse Series #4)
Publication date: June 6th 2014
Genres: Dystopia, New Adult

Synopsis:
Cassidy Hart is alone.

Her Commander and the love of her life, Chris Young, has gone missing in action. A horrific battle with Omega has left too many good men and women dead, and Cassidy must bear the burden of leadership in the militia on her own.

But she’s not about to give up.

With the help of her faithful friends – and former enemies – she will stop at nothing to rescue Chris and ensure victory for the militias in their fight against the all-powerful Omega forces.

The game has shifted. This time, Cassidy is one step ahead of the enemy.

This time, Cassidy is in charge.

Collapse Series #4 – YA/NA Romantic Adventure – National Bestselling Series

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AUTHOR BIO:
Summer Lane is the author of the national bestselling Collapse Series, which currently includes State of Emergency, State of Chaos, State of Rebellion and the fourth installment, State of Pursuit - releasing June 6th, 2014. She owns WB Publishing, and is the CEO of The Art of Storytelling, an upcoming creative writing program for children.

Summer is also the founder of Writing Belle, an online magazine dedicated to the art of storytelling. She is a consultant, creative writing teacher and journalist. Check out Writing Belle for interviews with upcoming authors and insights into the world of publishing! http://writingbelle.com/

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