Today I am happy to introduce author Anna J. Adams to my blog.
Tell us about your book. Is there one in particular you are promoting right now? What is it about?
LANE CHANGES is the first in a series of books and is out right now.
The first one begins with Lane Meyers, Rob Holland, Samuel Seeley and friends who are high school seniors. Rob is a new student, a foster child of a local doctor and his wife, and when Lane sees him it’s love at first sight, although she doesn’t realize that yet.
Sam has known Lane since seventh grade and has been annoying her since and now begins to pick on Rob as well. As all of this is happening, Lane is trying to figure out who is leaving unwanted gifts in her locker, at her house and these soon escalate into bigger incidents as the year comes to an end. She is sure it isn’t Rob, not sure if it’s Sam or someone else. As she is dealing with trying to obtain a swimming scholarship, a fellow student who miscarries, a new boyfriend, college looming…she feels like she is going to crack under the stress.
Basically, she is dealing with many scenarios real students have to work through and as she does this, she realizes who really cares for her and who was just using her.
What genres do you write in? Who is your audience?
LANE CHANGES is unique in that the first book is YA Romance/Mystery, but the next one takes place in college, which, I believe, makes it a New Adult book. The third book takes place after college, so that blends it into the adult fiction section.
My audience: high schoolers who will hopefully fall in love with one or more of the characters and as they mature and move through school, hopefully they will want to follow Lane and her friends as well.
Are you a pantser or an outliner? Or a bit of both?
I am a bit of both. Usually the idea comes to me and I begin typing out the scene in my head. I have to get all of those scenes out and onto my laptop. Then I “stitch” them together with either planned out scenes or work from a timeline. Since LANE CHANGES spans so many years, I have a hand written timeline in a notebook of when certain incidents occur.
What is your favourite scene in your book?
I don’t want to give too much away, but Lane has to take a friend to the hospital. When she does, she has to also deal with Sam, who she has always seen as a typical good looking, narcissistic, smart-ass. In this instance all his walls come down and she sees raw emotion from a 17-year-old boy. And that really makes an impression upon her.
Tell us about your main character? What makes her so special?
The thing about Lane Meyers is she doesn’t feel special. However, other people see parts of her that compliment themselves and try to convince her she is a very helpful, insightful, loving person…even though she thinks she is boring. Which makes it all the more intriguing as to WHY someone would want to harass her and escalate those threats. By the end of the book, she realizes relying on other people rather than just herself is something you need to do to survive.
Do you have any advice for someone starting out as a writer?
Write whatever is in your head. It may be terrible at first, but that is okay. Let everything flow out of you and once you feel done (or exhausted) take a break then go back and begin editing. I would also suggest finding someone who likes the genre you are writing about and ask them to beta read for you.
If you could travel through time, where would you go and why?
I have been researching my family tree and if I could go back in time, I’d choose to go back to 1700 Massachusetts when The Colburn family (on my father’s side) came over from England. I’d love to hear their stories, see where they settled, how they lived.
What new projects are you working on or are excited about right now?
I have books two and three in the LANE CHANGES SAGA written out. However, I didn’t feel Lane’s story was over so I continued writing into her middle adult life. Her life, and her family’s, took so many twists and turns. I ended up crying at some points. I’m very excited to get those books out over the next few years!
Sounds like a fantastic series. Thanks so much for being here today, Anna!
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