Monday, September 3, 2012

Streamline by Jennifer Lane: Interview and Excerpt


Seems like Leo Scott has it all: looks, brains, and athletic talent. He’s captain of his high school swim team with a bright future in college and beyond. But Leo has secrets. His mother’s crippling car accident has devastated his family and left Leo to deal with his father’s abuse, battered and alone.

Leo’s girlfriend Audrey Rose is poised for her own share of success. As one of Florida’s top high school swimmers, Audrey dreams of college swimming stardom. But there’s an obstacle to her glorious rise to the top. Her number-one supporter—her father—is in prison for murder.

Part murder mystery, part tale of young love in a military family, this gripping story takes readers on a journey from Pensacola to Annapolis. Leo and Audrey must band together to rise above the adversity they encounter and find their true selves in the process. When everything’s on the line . . . streamline.


Here’s an excerpt from Streamline, when the swimmers lift weights early one morning:

Seven stations into the weight circuit, Leo and Audrey did squats while Alex and Elaine worked their chests at the bench press station. Leo felt sweat slide down his legs as he lowered his body, clutching the weighted bar across the back of his neck.

“Good form, Leo,” Coach Matt called from across the room.

While Audrey took some plates off the bar before her turn, Leo watched Elaine and Alex adding twenty-five pound plates to their bar. When Elaine flattened herself on the bench, Leo wrinkled his forehead. “Wait a minute. Does Elaine lift more than you, Alex?”

Assuming the spotting position behind the bar, Alex gave him a wounded look. “Shut up, Leo! Look at Elaine’s biceps! I could never lift as much as her!”

Chuckling, Audrey heaved the squat bar up to her chest and then over her head, resting it on her neck and shoulders as she lowered into a squat. Her lean muscles strained against the burden.

“Audrey, keep your back straight,” Matt instructed. When she continued to struggle, he added, “Leo, help her with her form, will you?”

Leo nodded and came up behind Audrey, wrapping his hands around her hips to steady her. She seemed to shiver. Leo smiled and leaned in closer. “I think your form’s absolutely perfect,” he whispered.  



Do you use a pen name? If so, how did you come up with it?


My real name is Jennifer but I use a pen name for my surname. As a psychologist, I prefer to keep my writing career separate from my role as therapist. I came up with Jennifer Lane because my middle name is Elaine and it reminds me of a swimming lane in a pool. I like the sound of the name and it’s easy to spell.


Have any of your characters been modeled after yourself?


I drew on personal experiences for writing the character Elaine in Streamline. She’s Audrey’s best friend, a tall, muscular backstroker, and she doesn’t have much luck when it comes to romance but does have a gay best friend. I can relate to all of these qualities!


What songs are most played on your Ipod?


The most played songs are jazz and classical simply because I listen to songs without words when I write. But I love my recent downloads including “Home” by Phillip Phillips, “Dark Side” by Kelly Clarkson, “Feels So Close” by Calvin Harris and “Called Out in the Dark” by Snow Patrol.

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.

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Jennifer Lane said...

Thank you for hosting me, Laurie! Happy Labor Day.

javalotta said...

Great post and interview! I've heard wonderful things about Streamline so I'm looking foward to reading it. Thanks for the giveaway.;)

Sophia Rose said...

I enjoyed the post. That's funny how Jennifer came up with her pen name- word association. ;D
I look forward to reading this story.

Brooke said...

I'm all about the characters and I think a psychologist author would be great a creating, bringing to life and progressing the characters.

Thanks for the chance to win.