Monday, July 15, 2013

Meet Author Jean E. Lane

Hello fans-  welcome to the JLB Creatives Blog. I'm your host Author Janet Beasley. This week we are featuring the JLB Creatives Executive Team member author Jean E. Lane. She has been serving with JLBC since January 2013.

Together with JLBC Executive Team member and author, Mark Miller, we have been keeping steadily. . .no wait, ridiculously. . .busy with Authors in the Park Events, exhibiting and book fairs and miscellaneous festivals throughout Florida, and teaching aspiring writers via Skype. And the best part is we have nothing short of fun!

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Jean E. was kind enough to take the time from her busy schedule and answer some questions for us. We hope you enjoy reading her interview as much as we did giving it.

Interview with JLB Creatives Executive Team member 
and author, Jean E. Lane

So you thought you’d be a writer – how’s that workin’ out for ya?

      I’ve always wanted to be a writer, at least since I remember about the age of ten.   The past three years I’ve been working on my series of science-faction books titled “Lill and Mewe” about Mars and beyond.  No doubt there’s effort involved and the years do pass, but like many writers we keep going; we keep writing.  In the hopes that someday, readers will notice our efforts and discover that new writer. 

Let’s say you’re thinking about going on once in a life time vacation…how exciting! What are some of the places you’d consider, and what would you do while you’re there?
            Do you want my list?  Cario, Prague, Vienna, Dublin, London and Sydney. Since I crossed the pyramids off my list, that left Prague, Czech Republic in the second place position.  I was fortunate to visit London in 2011 and participate in the London International Book Fair (guess being a writer isn’t that bad after all).  In May of this year I was able to cross off Prague when my sister, niece and I arrived in Prague’s Old Town.  I had to see the Astrological Clock, the Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, Charles Bridge, Wenceslas Square, and of course shopping for Bohemian crystal and a garnet necklace. Prague is of special interest to me because it is the home of my ancestors. We also spend a few days in Vienna, Austria and Budapest, Hungary. It’s like stepping back in time, about two thousand years, with the architecture and cobblestone streets I loved the food and the people of Europe…oh and there’s chocolate there and it’s really good.

The phone just rang – it’s a movie deal for your book! Holy cow – they’ve left it up to you as to where you want them to film on location, and who will play the starring role…we can’t stand the suspense. Where and who is it?
     Well, can we get the crew to Mars? (laugh) On Earth, the setting would need to be the desert and the Grand Canyon, oh and we’ll need some interesting caves. Perhaps Russell Crowe can play Vinnic, Nicole Kidman as Phina, and Sigourney  Weaver as M.A.R.S.A. Wonder if we can we get Buzz Aldrin in at Mars Mission Space Center that would complete my stellar cast. The role of Lill and Merak should go to an unknown child star and Mewe, may take some creativity. 

What book or books are you currently working on? Can we expect a new release soon?
     Book two of the series has just been released.  Currently, I’m working on book three with a release date of 2014. (Pictured left: Book 1 in the Lill and Mewe Series)

Time for dinner! No, no, no, we’re not cooking – we’re going out. So…where’s your favorite place to throw down some good food with friends and family? And even more so, what do you recommend from the menu?
     I like to head to Mount Dora. A traditional breakfast at the Lakeside Inn on the front porch is so relaxing. I can just watch the boats on Lake Dora. For lunch it would be a favorite little Café, One Flight Up for a harvest chicken salad sandwich. For dinner I would head to the Frog and Monkey for a flat bread pizza or maybe a nice steak filet. My husband and I meet friends at these places quite often. I have a writer’s meeting at One Flight Up with a couple of fellow JLBC authors (wink wink). Always a good time.

What kind of animals, birds, or fish do you like best? Do you have any pets - how many do you have – and what are their names?
     Although my first pet was a cat, I understand them, I now have a Toy Fox Terrier named Prancer and two adopted cats name Muffy and Abby.  I’ve taken traits from both Muffy and Abby and created the personality for Mewe from both of them

Time for adventure! Your friends are heading out to go skydiving for the first time…are you going to join them or suggest a different adventure? If you go skydiving please elaborate, or if you suggest something else what would your favorite adventure be?
     You would never get me to go skydiving. I’m a terra firma kind of person. But I may try white water rafting; at least I’m not dangling up there in the air. 

We all love stories – especially yours! Would you be willing to give the readers a synopsis of your current book?
     Just released – “Lill and Mewe Journey to the Ocean of Runa” takes place in the year 2456 MD (Mars Date). Mars Mission Space Center has established a cadet program. Both Lill and her brother, Merak, are accepted. Merak’s mission sets off with the science team to explore Neptune and one of its moons, Triton. Merak sees something very unusual on Neptune, but no one believes him.

     The rumors about “Runa,” the guardian of Mars, become more of a reality to Lill as she has to make the journey to the Ocean of Runa alone. Lill learns that Runa means ‘That which is hidden.” Meanwhile Mewe, a water cat, with webbed feet, is concerned for Lill’s safety and follows her to the ocean. While swimming out too far and too deep, they encounter the dreaded Wicky fish, coming right at them! This can’t be good.

Lill’s mission encounters a major problem that the Martians must resolve before they can start their trek to planet Zanda in the Andromeda Galaxy. The trip will take them too long to get there, so they must find a solution. Who will help them? What happens next in this galactic fantasy?

Love and romance, paranormal, epic fantasy, sci-fi, mystery, thriller, drama, and the list goes on. Where do your books fall as far as genre and reading audience?
     My books are Children’s (8-12) science-fiction with some facts woven into the story.  I like to start with some factual key elements tell the story with my twist from that point. I like to call it science-faction. Adults are reading my books as much as children.

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Soup or stew? Soup

Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate (anything vanilla would need chocolate on it).

Dogs or cats? Both. I want one of each.

Horses or cows?  Horses

Insects or reptiles? Reptiles. Had an iguana once, and got to hold a baby gator just this year at our Silver Springs! 

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What is your favorite part about being a part of the JLB Creatives Executive Team?

     We all have different personalities, so we all bring something different to our meetings but we find it easy to discuss ideas about what works for authors. We may not all agree on an idea but everyone listens to what we have to say. In the past, we have all participated with book fairs and events so we know what works and what doesn’t. We can sit down together with just an idea and by the time we’re ready to leave, we have a solid plan in place. To think we accomplish this in downtown Mount Dora, over food, in a quiet corner of a café. 

How does JLB Creatives benefit the literary world?
     JLB Creatives and Authors in the Park are introducing Central Florida Authors of merit to the public. I feel that we create our events with the best interest of the author in mind. We don’t charge a fee to the author to participate in our events. We promote and market them on our Author in the Park facebook page as well as the JLBCreatives Blog and other social media sites. There aren’t many places, none that I can think of, that invite authors to sell their books without any costs involved.  All we ask is that they support and promote our events and posses a team-spirit attitude. We like to think of ourselves as a launching pad for new authors. Like that comedy group that says they “aren’t ready for prime time,” we give authors an opportunity to shine and highlight any success they have had in the past and henceforth. 

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Jean E.'s Social Media Presence, and where you will find her books.

WEBSITE:  website
BLOG: http://jeanelanesimaginethis.blogspot,.com  blog

FACEBOOK PAGE:          


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Until next week - stay casual, live life to the fullest, and have a piece of chocolate for me!

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