Summer Lane's parents wanted to give her a name that "would look good on paper." They just didn't realize how much paper their daughter's name would adorn.
The 20-year-old Reedley resident is a prolific writer. She has had thousands of articles published on a variety of topics, writes for her website Writing Belle and is working on the third novel in her her "Collapse" series.
Her first two books — "State of Emergency" (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, $10.26) and "State of Chaos" (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, $8.56) — made the list of best-selling books at Amazon.com.
"I have been writing stories all my life. Even before I could write, I had these stories in my head. I couldn't draw, so I had to tell the stories through writing. When I was 13, I decided that I wanted to make writing a career," Lane says. "I started trying to write a book and it was a lot harder than I thought."
She didn't give up and continued to write whenever she had a free moment. The only time Lane isn't writing is when she's reading.
Lane was born in Reedley, but she moved to Sacramento with her parents for nine years. Two years ago, they returned to Reedley.
Her first book, "Snappy Social Networking," was published April 2012. "State of Emergency" published Jan. 18, with the second book in the series following six months later.
The "Collapse" series follows Cassidy Hart, a teen who tries to survive in a world gone haywire after an electromagnetic pulse takes down the United States. The post-apocalyptic tale of survival is set in Central California.
"I have always loved survival stories. I think I had seven copies of 'Robinson Crusoe.' As I got older, I read a lot of the adventures about survival and romance," Lane says.
She wrote "State of Emergency" as part of the National Novel Writing Month challenge to produce a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. Unlike most authors who start with a story and eventually come up with a name, Lane began with the book's title. She was getting ready to write the book during Hurricane Sandy and heard President Barack Obama declare a state of emergency on TV. She thought that would be the great title for a book and started writing from there.
The plan was to find a publisher for her "Collapse" series, but she opted to self-publish instead. The decision proved right: The books have sold enough that Lane can make a full-time living as a writer. In addition, Lane works as a publicist for a small publishing house and teaches creative writing.
Lane, a movie fan, has written several screenplays and is working on a script for "State of Emergency." She's been approached multiple times about turning the series into a film, but she didn't think the time was right.
For now, she's busy with the third book in the series, "State of Collapse," which should be available in early 2014. You can find her current works at Amazon.com.
A reading and book signing featuring Peter Everwine, emeritus professor of English at Fresno State, will be held at 9 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Alice Peters Auditorium on the Fresno State Campus. His latest book, "Listening Long and Late" (University of Pittsburgh Press, $15.95), is a new collection of poems.
He is the recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
Other books of local interest:
"Sanger" (Arcadia Publishing, $21.99): The pictorial history book was put together by local authors Scott Haugland, Ken Marcantonio and Hal Shaw in association with the Sanger Historical Society. It's being released during the 125th anniversary of Sanger. The book features more than 200 photos of the early days of the community. All proceeds will go to support the Sanger Depot Museum. It can be ordered at arcadiapublishing.com or on Amazon.com.
"On the Beach" (Crazy Nick's Publications, $5.99): Fresnan Steve Schmale's new ebook looks at the efforts by a man living in a sleepy California beach town to escape the success of his past. Schmale's latest book, plus his book "Nobody Bats a Thousand," are available at Amazon.com.
"Trapped in Paris" (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, $7.51): Coarsegold's Evelyne Holingue's novel is the story of two teens who are stranded in Paris after a volcano eruption in Iceland interrupts all air traffic. When they witness murder, the pair become involved with a mysterious man. Look for it at Amazon.com.
"Dents on a Fresno's Child: A Memoir" (Outskirts Press, $10.95): Fresno native Rorry "Nighttrain" East's 18th book is on his memories of living here before his family moved to the Bay Area. He was in junior high school when he left the area, but it remains a vivid memory for him. It's available at Amazon.com.
TV and movie critic Rick Bentley can be reached at (559) 441-6355, firstname.lastname@example.org or @RickBentley1 on Twitter. Read his blog at fresnobeehive.com.