Review and Interview: Streamline by Jennifer Lane
1) First of all, congratulations on getting Streamline published. It's such an interesting plot with several twists and turns, how did the story come to you?
Thank you, Holly! This was my first novel, written in 2007. I've always been fascinated by competitive swimming, dysfunctional families, psychotherapy, the military, and the transition from young adult to new adult, so I decided to combine all these interests into a story. I let my imagination take over from there. When I finished, the novel was way too long and unpolished to consider publication. But after Omnific Publishing released two of my later novels, I returned to Streamline, fired up the hacksaw, and hacked away at a major edit. My editor Jessica Royer Ocken really helped tighten the story as well.
Personal experience? Swimming yes, military no. I started year-round competitive swimming at age eight and haven't looked back. I don't compete much now due to a hip/back injury but I still adore the sport. Conversely, I've never been in the military and had to do extensive research on the Naval Academy--a paradox of horror and exhilaration. Several friends and service members gave me the inside scoop on the Navy.
Alex is based on a real-life teammate who makes me giggle. Since I'm a psychologist, I also had a great time writing Dr. Ina's character.
Choosing the cover was drama! This is my first YA novel and I hear that YA covers are VERY important. All along I had a particular image in my head of a male swimmer streamlining, but I couldn't find that image anywhere. In hindsight, that was probably lucky--what do I know about designing a fantastic YA cover as a 41 year-old? My publisher showed me multiple designs and was probably ready to smack me if I didn't decide on one. At first I was uncertain about the current cover, but when I had friends vote, the underwater kiss scene was hands down the favorite. The clencher was the teenage daughter of author Nicki Elson giving it the thumbs up.
Uncertain at this point. I'll gauge interest in their story and decide if I want to turn this into a series. College swimming was such a blast for me and it would be fun to write the continuation of their adventures. However, I need to write the third novel of The Conduct Series first.