About Me

About Me

My name is Summer Lane, and I'm a writer. I wrote the bestselling YA/NA Post-Apocalyptic Adventure novels of the Collapse Series, which currently includes State of Emergency, State of Chaos, State of Rebellion, State of Pursuit, State of Alliance, State of Vengeance, State of Destruction, State of Fear and State of Allegiance. The final installment, State of Hope, will release June 2017.

Day Zero, the first installment in the novella companion stories to The Collapse Series - The Zero Trilogy - released October 10th, 2014, and the second chapter of the adventure, Day One, released March 20th, 2015. The final installment - End of Day - released on October 9th, 2015. All are ongoing bestsellers with readers from around the world. 

A graphic guide in the style of a comic book and graphic novel released July 17th, 2015. This book is called Collapse: The Illustrated Guide, and is a #1 Bestseller, illustrated by Oskari Niittymaki and created by myself. It is a showcase of the apocalyptic world of Cassidy Hart from the Collapse Series.

Bravo: Apocalypse Mission is the first installment in a brand new two-part adventure series. This story follows the tale of a German Shepherd bomb dog in the Marines who becomes separated from his handler in the wake of the collapse of civilization. The first installment released April 22nd, 2016. It too, is a #1 national bestselling novel, and so was its conclusion, Blood Road, on October 21, 2016. 

I recently released Unbreakable SEAL, a military thriller and bestselling war adventure, detailing the journey of Commander Chris Young and his quest to avenge his wife's death. The book released December 9, 2016 - my first novel available during Christmas-time! 

Writing Belle is my online magazine. I own WB Publishing, a digital publishing house devoted to releasing exciting adventure and survival stories. I have been working in publishing and press relations since I was in high school, and I can't imagine doing anything else - and trust me, I've given the matter some serious thought. 


When I am not writing about the apocalypse, I am teaching writing classes. 
My husband and I in Hawaii.

I am a full-time novelist and business owner. I have a total of 15 books in print (with more to come!), and every single one has been a bestseller. I'm happily married to my husband, Scott, and we live in a house in the country, where I cook (a lot) and dream up new story ideas while I gaze out the windows. I also teach creative writing classes on the side. I enjoy traveling - I find inspiration for new books when I'm exploring the world around me. I love the mountains the most. 

I am living my dream. But this was NOT an easy journey - being a writer, building a business and keeping that self-discipline alive is a daily challenge. Below are some questions and answers that people frequently ask me. Maybe it will help us get to know each other a little more! 


FAQs

Reading with my cat Luke. He was a good reading buddy. :)
Why writing? 

I've always enjoyed reading and writing, so it was only natural that I jump into a career as a full-time writer. I wrote my first novel when I was 13, and at that point in time I didn't have a computer, so I merely scribbled everything down on about a thousand pages of notebook paper. Needless to say, I was very happy when I discovered the joys of using a keyboard. Since then I've written many novels, short stories and essays. 

About 12 or 13. Writing my first novel.
So...you're a full-time writer now. What was your very first job? 
Remarkably, I have been fortunate enough to only ever have jobs that have been in the field I love: writing. My first job was working as a content creator for a UK-based company that specialized in Search Engine Optimization when I was in high school. I learned to write very quickly, efficiently, and concisely. After that I worked as a freelance writer for newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs, travelogs, you name it. I wrote thousands of articles. I ghost co-wrote an ebook. I've worked as a professional publicist, social media manager and consultant. I'm a creative writing teacher - I've taught kids from kindergarten to high school. My primary job is storytelling, which of course means I get to call myself a novelist. The great thing about being a writer is that you can do so many different things! 

Why Writing Belle? 
I created Writing Belle because I wanted to have a place where people could go to explore the art of storytelling. I'm fascinated with the publishing industry and the way authors and editors work together to create exciting adventures for readers. Anything that has to do with stories - whether it's a book or a movie - has a place here!


The original 2013 cover for SOE.
Why did you decide to publish State of Emergency, the first installment in The Collapse Series? 
Being a writer is not easy. The work is difficult and requires a lot of self-discpline. Creating a novel is like the ultimate test of being a writer. I wrote State of Emergency in 2012, in 22 days exactly. I was taking the semester off from college, and I was busy working. I wanted to do something to keep my skills as a writer sharpened, so I decided to challenge myself and write a story about one girl surviving in a world thrown into chaos after an electromagnetic pulse disables the technological infrastructure of the country. It was such a fun, fast-moving story, I figured it would have mass appeal. 
I guess I was right! 
The book was re-written and re-released in 2016 to keep up with the times. 


Playing survival with my friends. I'm in the center.
Your books are Romantic Adventures. Explain, please.
What's there to explain? It's an adventure novel with some romance thrown in. I love action movies. Die Hard, Air Force One, Iron Man, The Avengers. Typically anything that's exciting is what I enjoy watching or reading. So writing an adventure novel was only natural. When I was growing up, I read survival novels. Robinson Crusoe was one of my all-time favorites. And of course, a little bit of romance doesn't hurt anything, either. I've always enjoyed romantic elements in stories. The Collapse Series has given me a chance to explore characters and emotions in a unique way. The situations in which they find themselves make the romantic elements a bit different than other novels - and that is perhaps the most entertaining part of writing this story. 


The Zero Trilogy. The Bravo Saga. The Illustrated Guide. How many books and series are going on here? 
A lot! The Zero Trilogy was a pet project of mine. I'd always wanted to write this story about a spunky, badass teenage girl who kicks the apocalypse's butt. Her companion, a dog named Bravo, is my favorite character to date. Which brings us to the Bravo Saga. This new adventure series chronicles the journey of Bravo the bomb dog and his survival in the ashes of civilization. I'm excited. 


When I graduated from high school,
I knew I wanted to WRITE!
Making a living as a writer isn't typical, and it's certainly not easy. What's your advice to those who want to have a full-time career as a writer? 
DO NOT GIVE UP! Writing is one of those careers that you must give your entire heart and soul to. There is no in-between ground. There's no lukewarm motivation. It's all or nothing, because writers must be totally self-made and self-taught. You must be willing to accept the fact that you might have a thousand failures before you have success. But success will come if you stick to it and keep moving forward, even if it's difficult. For years I was told by many people that it was pretty much impossible to make a living as a writer. "It simply isn't done unless you get really lucky. Otherwise, writers are the poorest people you'll ever meet." I refused to believe that! They had to be wrong.

You have to know exactly what you want to accomplish if you want to achieve your dreams. Make a plan. Have an end goal. Break up the steps to get to that end goal into little pieces. Tackle one piece at a time. Be faithful. Don't let anybody bring you down. Let the negative people fall by the wayside and be grateful for the encouragement from the positive ones. Stay focused. Don't let life or lack of motivation distract you. Find your motivation. Trust God. He gave you talents and skills for a reason - you need to use them!






"Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed." 
Proverbs 16:3




Professional publicity photos provided by Jen Eileen Photography

2 comments:

Get fictional - it's fun! Thanks for stopping by, and I hope to see you again soon!