Author Spotlight: Christina Lanier

This week’s author is Christina Lanier. This is yet another author I met at Literary Love of Savannah. She’s so kind and talented. I met her before she published her first book. Now she has three! Watching her grow and be so confident and in her element has really inspired me. I didn’t participate in the event she held last year, but I watched it closely. I was so impressed with her ingenuity. I am so glad and so honored to know her.

Her Books (Click book photos to buy):

A young girl’s life is turned upside down when a research experiment throws the world into apocalyptic turmoil. Separated from their parents, Hannah, along with her two younger sisters, must brave Earth’s transformed population in an effort to reunite their family. With danger at every turn, survival becomes her sole focus. Struggling to determine whether each person she meets is good or evil, she must also discover how she herself has been slated.

Hannah Marsh has survived the beginning of the apocalypse. She managed to keep her two little sisters alive long enough to reunite their family. Everything should be perfect…but Hannah knows better than anyone that nothing is ever perfect. The government has found a way to contain every infected person, trapping them all together, her dad is acting suspiciously like a Bad-born, her sister is trying to act out, and every day it becomes more painfully obvious that she just doesn’t fit in. When her sister gets herself into a bad predicament, it falls on Hannah’s young shoulders to try to save her. She survived the Bad-born once. What could go wrong?
**This book features a 17-year-old girl fighting for her life during an apocalyptic world. It is book 2 in the series and contains a lot of violence.

Hannah is only seventeen and the apocalypse has torn her world apart. She’s survived so much from watching her neighbors kill each other to saving her sister, Kelsey, from the Bad-born. But, now, her parents are both dead, Kelsey hates her, and she, Maya, and three of her friends have been captured and imprisoned by the same doctor who created the infection! Dr. Lewis did something to her…changed her somehow. They’re all being treated like criminals on death row who are just around to be experimented on and controlled. Everyone around her, right down to Hawk (leader of the Bad-born), seems to have lost their fight already. Hannah can’t blame them. She’s struggling to keep it together; but Maya is counting on her. When will it ever be enough? Will Hannah be able to find a way out of her new prison? Or will she crumble under Dr. Lewis’s plans for her?

*This is book three in the Slated series. It is recommended to read the other books in the series prior to this one. As this book is apocalyptic, it does contain violence.

About Christina Lanier

Christina Lanier lives on the Atlantic coast. She enjoys spending time with her family and homeschooling her kids. Books were a much-needed escape route during her younger years. Being able to offer that same escape to others has been a goal of hers for a long time. When she’s not reading, writing, or homeschooling, she can usually be found on the beach with her four children and her fiancé.

Interview With Christina Lanier:

Tell us about the books you’ve published so far. Can you tell us about some of your upcoming novels?
So far, I’ve published three books out of five in my Slated series. This series revolves around a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the apocalypse.
Upcoming, I have a novella that I will be releasing. The book is Discarded, and is book 0.5 in a new series (the Changed series) that I’ve been working on. This series is about children that are being experimented on and “changed” in the not-too-distant future. 

What was the moment you knew you wanted to be an author?
I actually never really decided “I want to be an author”. My situation was more that I’d always enjoyed writing. About six years ago, I started noticing characters in my head, just begging me to write their stories, so I got started, and here I am now with three (soon to be four) published books.

What are some things you do to overcome doubts about your writing?
I try not to focus on doubts about my writing. I just write. I concentrate on putting just one scene, then the next, and the next until the book is finished. I have ARC readers that will look it over and if there’s anything that had been bothering me while I was writing, I specifically ask my ARC team about it to see how it came across.

Have any actual life experiences reflected in your writing?
Absolutely! There hasn’t been much reflected in my Slated series, but there are definitely some life experiences that are present in book 0.5 “Discarded: The Changed Series”. You’ll have to check it out to know what I mean, because otherwise, it’ll ruin the story.

Who was your easiest character to write about and why? What was your hardest and why?
The easiest character for me to write about was probably Love Button. She appears in book 2 of my Slated series and, while completely nuts, she was a fun, memorable character to write.  The hardest was Taryn. She’s 6 in Discarded, and I actually cried through a lot of what I wrote about her because I related to it so much.

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