Wednesday, December 7, 2011

CONduct Blog Tour: Author Interview and Giveaway

Today we are going to be joined by Jennifer Lane, author of With Good Behavior and Bad Behavior. She has graciously answered some questions for us today.

Without any further adieu, let's get started:

What was your favorite book to read when you were growing up?

Two books stand out: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankwiler and Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh. I loved to read as a child.

If you could be a character in any book, who would you be and why?

I think I would like to be Skeeter from The Help. I'm not very brave by nature, so I'm drawn to her chutzpah, and I would love to be a part of a movement to change society for the better.

Why did you decide to use organized crime for the CONduct series?

The culture of organized crime portrayed in The Godfather or The Sopranos really fascinates and terrifies me. It's like a demented military hierarchy. When developing the plot for how a good girl psychologist might get manipulated by one of her clients to land herself in prison, organized crime naturally entered my mind. Occasionally we see mafiosis abuse their families but to me that seems like it would happen all the time, so I wanted to show the personal effects of physical abuse on the children of a Mafia don. I was also curious about a son of a Mafia don who refuses to join the family despite their copious efforts to bring him into the fold. Talk about bravery!

Is there anything you can tell us about what's in store for Sophie and Grant in On Best Behavior?

Their interaction with organized crime won't be over. *laughs evilly* Grant's nephew Ben will also have a bigger role in the story.

And I saw that you also have a YA book that's going to be published, how was that different for you from working on the CONduct series?

I really had to rein in my potty mouth for a YA book! Writing sex scenes still makes me blush so I enjoyed keeping it more chaste in for YA (though there's certainly still plenty of romance). As a psychologist, I love working with young adults, and it's fun for me to try to find that snarky teen voice in my novels. I got to do a little of that in The Conduct Series with Ben's character, and my YA novel Against the Tide is chock full of family, school, and sport struggles from adolescent perspectives.

Thank you for joining us today, Jen!


Each stop of the blog tour is giving away (winner's choice) an ebook copy of With Good Behavior or Bad Behavior.  To enter the giveaway, complete the form below. In your comment be sure to mention which book you'd like.  The winner will be chosen, at random, on December 13th.

Grand Prize Giveaway:

There is also a tour wide grand prize of a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card that will be given out. To enter the Grand Prize leave a comment to each post within the tour (link to the tour schedule is below).  The winner will be chosen, at random, at the end of the tour.

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  1. Hi Megan! How's your writing going? Thank you for being part of the tour and the great interview questions. I think we're going to title my YA "Streamline" when it comes out in March. I appreciate your support, dear!

  2. Hi Jen! My writing is going very slow at the moment, and you're more than welcome :) I'm so happy to help out.

    That's a great title for it and I can't wait to read it!

  3. Great interview. Jen, I didn't know about the YA book. I'll have to look that up!

  4. I enjoyed the interview, learning more about the author and learning a little more about the third book and future YA book.
    I am very curious to read about the crime family backdrop because I am Sicilian and but for the courage and obstinacy of my grandfather who pulled away from his family, I would be more than just distantly connected to it.

    If I were to win, I would like 'With Good Behavior'.

    Thank you for the posting and for the giveaway opportunity.

  5. I'm enjoying the tour thank you.


  6. Megan, I can relate to the "slow" part about writing! Keep trucking, chica.

    Killian, Streamline is slated for release in March.

  7. Great interview...I'm keeping track of your tour, so thank you for the opportunity to learn more.
    I would love to win "With Good Behavior".

  8. Great interview ladies :) Jen, I'll be looking up your YA as well.

  9. Nice interview. I'm looking forward to reading this series.

  10. These sound like cute books. The blurb reminded me a bit of the Harley character from the Batman comics, how she was a criminal psychologist that got pulled in to a life of crime by her patients. But this one has the added intrigue about the son wanting to break away from the family, which is something I've always wondered about happening in real life.

    Thanks for the giveaway op!




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