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15 December 2017

Special Guest Interview with Author Summer Lane

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Uriah True is a dangerous man. His past is cloaked in secrecy, and he writes his future in the blood of the people he kills. After the Great Global War, he leaves the militias behind to prey on the scum that remain loyal to the cruel and tyrannical regime of the defeated enemy Omega in this dangerous and new post-apocalyptic world.

Today I would like to welcome author Summer Lane:

Tell us about your latest book

My latest book is a surprise release! Vigilante is a thrilling novel of vengeance and romance, following the adventures of fan-favorite Uriah True from the Collapse Series. I wrote it for fun – I told nobody about it, aside from my husband. I didn’t set a release date or do any of the things I normally do with a book like this.

Taking the pressure off myself for this book actually made the process of creating the novel incredibly fast. It began as nothing more than something fun to write about in my spare time, and when I was done with it, I thought, “I should share this with my readers!” I’m so glad I did. It turned out to be a really fun story, and it provides some interesting insight into the world of Collapse. Any fan of Cassidy Hart will like what happens in this book.

What is your preferred writing routine?

I like to write in the morning. I love getting my manuscript creation done before the late afternoon hits. I find that I’m at my most creative in the early morning. Plus, I’ve been following the same writing routine for so many years, that my brain literally expects me to be creative at the same time every day. I work best when I’ve had a bit of coffee and a spot of protein and sugar, like an egg with an apple. My favorite type of writing day is a rainy one – I have written so many fun stories during thunderstorms and gloomy winter mornings.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

Write what you know and write what is true to you. Every writer’s voice is uniquely their own. If you can find a way to tap into your voice, your writing will be both authentic and enthralling. Never give up. One failure simply paves the way for two successes. I look at the highs and lows of publishing as an educational experience. You can’t be discouraged. You have to hang in there and tough it out, soldier.

What have you found to be the best way to raise awareness of your books?

Keeping in touch with my readers has been the most fantastic way of keeping my books in the spotlight. As a writer, you can never forget about how amazing your readers are. Without them, our work has no audience. Keeping that organic, natural connection with your fan base and remembering to be grateful is the #1 thing I do to keep my books at the forefront of peoples’ minds. I love my readers.

Tell us something unexpected you discovered during your research

I have done so much research over the course of the last 19 books that I’ve released. My favorite research project is a tossup between the Alaskan Gold Rush and the Pacific Rim. I loved researching Hawaii and visiting the beautiful jungle terrain there for State of Allegiance and beyond – I was surprised to learn about the United States Military presence on islands other than Oahu. For Running with Wolves, I spent months researching the 1890s of the wilderness of Alaska. Fun fact? Men in Alaska often shaved their beards off because their facial hair would freeze stiff in the brutal temperatures – painful, right?

Another fun fact: there really is a place in San Francisco where members of the highest ranking of Masonry meet (Bohemian Grove), and that conspiracy theory was the idea I used for Red Grove in State of Destruction. And yes, there really are reports of people sacrificing humans in effigy to a giant owl idol called Moloch. True or not? I don’t know, but it makes for a great story idea, right? *wink*

What was the hardest scene you remember writing?

Several of my books were logistically difficult to write, such as State of Vengeance, because I had to include technical combat strikes, such as the famous HALO jump that Cassidy Hart takes part in. Perhaps the most difficult scene I’ve ever written – emotionally speaking – was the last few chapters of State of Hope. I was pretty emotional when I was writing it, knowing that the series was coming to an end. The final battle was one of the most challenging writing scenes of my career. It was intense, and I wanted to be sure not to be repetitive. It tested my writing skills, and while it was difficult, I am still very proud of the final product.

What are you planning to write next?

I am currently working on Resurrection: Shadows of Omega, Cassidy Hart’s newest spin-off series (January 2018). I will be doing roughly 2 books per year in the Collapse Universe alone, and I’ve got ideas for other novels as well. I’ll be plenty busy for the next couple of years!

Summer Lane
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About the Author

Summer Lane is the #1 Bestselling Author of the COLLAPSE SERIES and the bestselling ZERO TRILOGY, a novella adventure series. Summer owns Writing Belle Publishing, a digital publishing company devoted to releasing exciting and engaging adventure and survival stories. Summer is also the creator of the online magazine Writing Belle, in addition to being an accomplished creative writing teacher and extensively experienced journalist. She is an entrepreneur at heart, and proud of it! Summer lives in the Central Valley of California with her husband, Scott, and their German Shepherd companion dog, Kona. Summer loves to travel, read and cook. Find out more at and find Summer on Facebook and Twitter @SummerEllenLane

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