Streamline by Jennifer Lane
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.
Interview with Jennifer
1) Jennifer Lane, welcome to my blog and congratulations on the publication of Streamline. This isn't your first release, I know you are also the author of The Conduct Series. How do you fit writing multiple novels into your busy schedule?
Hi, Hannah! Thank you for having me. The answer to publishing three novels in three years while working a full time job is simple: I finished writing all three before I found Omnific Publishing! My work-in-progress has totally slowed down due to editing and marketing existing works. I hope I someday finish book three in The Conduct Series. *crosses fingers*
2) What about being an author/writing do you love and what do you hate?
I love how fun it is to create a fictional world and share that vision with readers. I love being a psycho author (psychologist/author) and having the variety of two careers.
Conversely, I hate how hard it is to relate my vision on paper sometimes. I hate not having enough time to write.
3) Who is your favorite character you've ever written and why? (From any of your books)
I have a soft spot for wounded men, so I'll go with Leo Scott--the hero from Streamline. I poured a lot of love into his character. He is full of integrity and wants to do the right thing, but I sure don't make it easy for him!
4) Where did the plot for Streamline come from? It sounds fascinating and I can't wait to read it myself.
I'm glad you're intrigued! I wrote Streamline five years ago so it's a little tough to remember the exact inspiration for the plot. I do know I'm fascinated by swimming, family dysfunction, the military, and the transition to adulthood. As a former competitive swimmer, I decided to "write what I know."
5) Do you have any actors in mind (for looks) when you wrote Streamline? Who would you cast if it were made into a movie?
I must admit I envisioned a young Wentworth Miller for Leo Scott. Wentworth is a fantastic Biracial actor who swam in high school, and I have a TOTAL crush on him. Audrey's a little tougher to cast. She's an excellent auburn-haired athlete who has a gentle grace about her. Maybe a young Amy Yasbeck?
6) What is the most important thing that up and coming authors should know about the process of getting a novel published?
I feel ill-equipped to give advice since I'm still new to this world of publishing. Maybe just "Stick with it". Swimming taught me how to persevere through hard times, and there are a lot of bumps along the road to publication. But if you persevere, you can make it happen.
7) Do you have any secret/deleted scenes or funny stories about the Streamline characters or plot that you would like to share?
Um, yeah. I cut out 50,000 words from the original manuscript and my editor Jessica cut out 30,000 more, so I'd say there are quite a few deleted scenes! Here's a short one featuring Audrey and her mother.
On deck, Audrey toweled herself offand threw on some sweats before climbing the bleachers. Her mother had arrived home late from her travel nursing job the previous evening, and her yawn morphed into a grin when she saw Audrey approach.
They squeezed each other in anextended hug after not seeing each other for weeks.
“I’m so glad you made it, Mom.”
“I wouldn’t miss your last holidayinvitational, you big senior. By the way, how on earth did you manage to keepthe house so clean?”
Audrey blushed. She’d been up latethe past two nights trying to make the house presentable after it had become apigsty in her mother’s absence. “It’s no problem. So, I’m swimming the 200 IMand the 100 Breast tonight.”
Her mother's forehead creased. “IM means individualmedley, right?” Audrey nodded and her mother added, “Any relays?”
“Yeah, the 200 Medley as usual. We’retrying to break the school record.”
“Great! How’s Stacey doing with herfreestyle?”
“You mean Susan? Her butterfly? Well,Matt’s been working with her on her underwater dolphin kick, so hopefullyshe’ll get under twenty-six for her split.”
Audrey responded to her mother's apparent bafflement with an encouraging smile. She loved how she wastrying so hard to understand the swimming jargon. Her dad used to be the oneasking these questions.
Audrey and her father used to spendhours discussing stroke technique and strategizing the fastest relay line-ups,and it felt so wrong for him to be missing from the pool deck.
“Audrey, I’m going to visit the brig after the meet. Want to join me?”
Her face froze. “Um, I already saidI’d do dinner with friends. See you back home?”
Her mother's sad nod was Audrey’s cueto leave, and thankfully she saw her teammates assembling for a cheer.
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