Interview with Jeff Lane
Barry Griffith doesn’t know it yet, but tonight is the night fate has chosen to be the night of his death… his murder. At a gas station in the middle of nowhere, late at night, his wife Jenny appears… no car… no coat and looking older than when he saw her last. That’s because this is not the woman he received a good-bye kiss from this morning. This woman has been a widow for over four years and has made an impossible journey back in time to try to stop her husband’s murder. Will they be able to escape the killers or does fate only have one plan… one possible outcome… ONE WAY?
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1. Hello and welcome to The Reading Rose, Can you tell us more about your book please?
ONE WAY is what I call a “time travel thriller with heart”. It is the story of a man who is destined to be murdered by serial killers on his drive home from work. Stopping for gas, he unexpectedly encounters his wife, only this woman is from four years in the future and has come back in time in hopes of interceding in the night’s evens to save her husband’s life.
2. Out of all your characters, who was the most fun to write and why?
I think “Jenny Griffith” was the most interesting character to write in this book. Not only had I never written a female protagonist, I also got to write her in two different timelines… two very different stages of her life. I was able to take her on a journey from a happy wife to a grieving widow, through depression and substance abuse as well as discovery of her own power to change the past.
3. How did you come up with the idea for your book?
Actually, the seeds of this idea came from a late night journey home from work. I stopped for gas at a gas station and was gripped by this feeling of potential adventure… of “what if” scenarios. That was the basis of it. Over time it was fleshed out into this escape from killers interwoven with a time travel motif. I have loved time travel stories since I was a kid and couldn’t wait to write one of my own.
4. What tips would you give to anyone aspiring to be an author themselves?
Write. Write some more. Keep writing. So often I hear people talk about being an “aspiring” author. Don’t aspire… just write. And don’t expect your first effort to be a best-selling masterpiece (though that can happen… just ask J.K. Rowling). But do expect to build muscle and hone your craft with each page you write. Also read a lot… multiple authors…and listen to audio books as well as read the written word. Submerging yourself in language as much as possible will really give you a sense of what you do and do not like as a writer and a reader.
5. What inspired your book cover and what do you love most about it?
One of the early (and scariest) scenes that came to me when allowing ONE WAY to marinate in my head was this chase across a frozen lake, a killer behind you, shooting at you… no place to hide, nothing to duck behind. So a frozen lake made sense as the backdrop for the cover. And the One Way sign was part homage to my favorite movie of all time; Back To The Future – notice that the arrow on the One Way sign points to the left… backward, the same direction as the arrow in the Back To The Future logo.
6. Why did you decide to become a writer?
I decided to become a writer out of a frustrated desire to be a filmmaker. I really wanted to create films, but based on time, money, and geographical restrictions, making films wasn’t going to happen at that point in my life. But I still wanted to tell stories, so I used the “canvas” that was most available to me at the time; a blank Word document. Ironically, a ONE WAY film is now in post-production, so in a way I have come full circle.
7. What would you say is the best thing about having your own book published?
The best thing is having people read it and appreciate it. With ONE WAY, I have gotten so many comments about how the story and the characters impacted them and how much they loved the story. That is the best feeling in the world. When someone tells you that your words have not only painted a vivid picture in their head but have also brought them to tears… well, how can it get any better than that?
8. What do you like to do in your free time when you are not writing?
My favorite thing to do with free time is spend it with my family. We love to hike and bike and generally just have fun together. For solo free time, probably reading or watching TV or films. I love stories and story-telling and love to escape into fantastical worlds and adventures.
9. What is your favorite childhood book and why?
My favorite childhood book would probably be series… The Hardy Boys Adventures. I spent many many hours solving mysteries and catching bad guys with Frank and Joe.
10. If you were stranded on an island which 3 book characters from any series would you want with you?
First would be Roland, the last gunslinger from Stephen King’s Dark Tower just in case we needed to throw down with some bad guys. Plus he can light fires, hunt and make “gunslinger burritos”. Second, Eddie Dean from the same series as he would surely keep us laughing. And finally, Hagrid from The Harry Potter series. He could take care of any beasties and be tall enough to pick us some coconuts from the trees. 😉
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