Can you imagine how life would be like without internet, your smart phone, your car even? We know we can’t. Our whole lives depend on these tools. We need them for travel and most of all to communicate with one another no matter how far the distance.
Summer Lane imagined such a world and as a result her novel STATE OF EMERGENCY was created. We leave you with Summer Lane as she talls us more about State Of Emergency, her main characters, and the inspiration behind her novel.
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The end of the world usually brings to mind crumbling buildings, evil empires and possibly some random fissures in the ground spewing out lava. I’m talking Armageddon movies and zombie apocalypses. With State of Emergency, I wanted to do something a little bit different. I wanted to focus on the first couple of months of a country after it had been hit with an electromagnetic pulse – but I wanted to do that through the eyes of an average girl, Cassidy, and the guy she’s in love with, Chris.
What’s an electromagnetic pulse?
An electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, is sometimes called an “e-bomb.” It’s an invisible wave that literally destroys every piece of computer-based technology. This means iPhones are dead, computers are dead, and cars are dead if they’re not old enough to have an ignition without a computer chip. It’s something I was always hearing about in the news or online, and I thought it would be a great tool to instigate the state of emergency I needed for my novel.
Where does the book take place?
California. I used to do a lot of traveling in Southern California – particularly Los Angeles and Hollywood – so I was familiar with it. I began the story in Culver City, which is just a hop, skip and a jump away from Hollywood, and used the diverse geography of California to provide some cool settings for Cassidy and Chris’s adventures – everywhere from Los Angeles to Sequoia National Park.
What’s the dynamic between Cassidy and Chris?
Chris is a hot former Navy Seal in his later twenties while Cassidy is a nineteen year-old high school graduate without any real world experience. Cassidy is a little naïve while Chris has been around the globe in the Navy, so not only does Chris help Cassidy to stay alive thanks to his experience, but he’s also alluring in the way that only older guys can be… * wink * He’s tough where she’s soft, and she’s funny where he’s serious. They bounce off each other.
New Adult? Young Adult? Where does State of Emergency land?
Honestly, I love romance, and if you checked out my bookshelf right now, you’d find that most of my books are either primarily based on love stories or at least have a romantic element. I enjoy reading it, and I like writing it. My book is more of a crossover than it is one category when it comes to the YA/NA debate. Why? Cassidy is an adult, and she deals with adult situations (becoming independent, falling in love with an older guy, etc.). YA books deal with themes that keep the character under the wing of a figure of authority, such as parents or teachers, but NA allows them to leave the house and be a “young adult” in a “new adult” world. State of Emergency is both YA and NA.
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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.