Interview with Summer Lane
Surviving the Nuclear War
State of Destruction brings in a whole new level of the apocalypse: a nuclear warzone. How does this change up the game in the series?
It gives a whole new dimension of intensity to Cassidy Hart’s situation. Radiation fallout is deadly, and the nuclear war will, for the first time, make specific locations uninhabitable, destroying former safe havens. It makes the war even scarier – even worse.
I knew a long time ago that a nuclear was was on the horizon for Cassidy and her friends. It’s finally hitting them hard in this book – the beginning of the end.
How would you survive a nuclear war?
It really depends on how close you are to the blast site and the rings of radiation emanating from it. I don’t want to give too much away for those who haven’t read the book yet, but in Cassidy’s story, she is able to survive the nuke because of her location. The Jetstream, and the kilotons of the nuclear warhead all come into play, too.
If I knew a nuclear weapon was headed toward my area, I would retreat to a place out of the Jetstream, with plenty of underground facilities. I would have my own fresh water and food sources, and I would never leave the house without being adequately covered (if I was on the closer side to the blast site).
What is in YOUR theoretical bug-out-bag?
The essentials to maintain life! Water purification tablets, dehydrated food packets, pain medication, a first-aid kit, socks, underwear (hey, you gotta think about these things!), dry shampoo, several knives (bowies, machetes, etc.,), maps, gloves, any weaponry and ammunition available (self-defense is essential during the apocalypse!), a good set of tweezers, spare sets of sunglasses and reading glasses, duck tape, and climbing rope with carabineers.
Those are just the basics, though. I would definitely fit a sleeping bag onto the pack, and I would most likely be wearing layers of clothing so I wouldn’t have to carry so many things – although I would have to ditch jackets and thermals if the weather was hot and humid.
The Soundtrack and Soul of the Apocalypse
If you could choose a song to represent each of your main characters in your novels, which ones would they be?
I love music, so it’s hard to narrow it down to just one single song, but I’ll give it my best shot!
Cassidy Hart: Warriors, by Imagine Dragon. It’s such a fitting song for what Cassidy has become through the course of the series.
Chris Young: Taking Care of Business, by Bachman Turner Overdrive. This just reminds me of Chris’s approach to every situation. He just takes care of business.
Elle: Renegades, by the X Ambassadors. Living like we’re renegades! The perfect song for Elle, for Collapse and her own trilogy.
Uriah True: Another One Bites the Dust, by Queen. Read my books. You’ll see why this just works. * wink *
What are some of your favorite songs/bands who you like to listen to when you’re writing?
I actually write my books with classical music on, but I love, love, love, some certain artists and bands when it comes to representing the world of Collapse. Gotta love Avicci, The Cab, One Republic, and DEFINITELY The Black Keys. The Kongos, Trapdoor Social (shout-out to my friend Miranda for introducing me to them!), AC/DC, the instrumental epic-ness of Really Slow Motion and occasionally a little ZZ Top or Neon Trees. I enjoy listening to Thomas Bergerson, as well, when I’m writing.
Do you listen to classical music? What’s your favorite?
I will basically listen to instrumentals of anything. Right now I’m currently listening through everything that Andre Rieu has conducted. I love Johann Sebastian Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and Tchaikovsky. I stand by the belief that classical music stimulates your creativity. It works great for me!