Josh Lanyon Interview with Special Guest Laura Baumbach

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We’re really pleased to have mystery writer Josh Lanyon join us today. As most of you know, Josh is the author of the Adrien English Mysteries as well as a number of popular action-adventure books. His newest book Death of a Pirate King is the 4th book in the AE series and it will be available on September 16 from LooseId. Fans of the AE books have been eagerly anticipating its release since the last book, The Hell You Say was published.
 


Josh has been published since 2000 and during that time has authored 14 fiction books, some in partnership with other writers or as part of anthologies, and he also has one non-fiction book to his credit. Five new works will be published by the end of the year and with such a busy schedule we are very fortunate that he allocated the time for this interview.

Josh has kindly agreed to make available, by random draw, a full set of the first AE electronic books and two free downloads of DOAPK when it’s published, to anyone who leaves a comment on either the interview or the review of DOAPK immediately following

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Welcome Josh. Since we have a lot of ground to cover I would like to start with your writing career

Josh Lanyon, Writer

Tell us something about yourself that you have never revealed before 

Um…well…, here’s a confession — and no one knows this because I only realized it myself about five minutes ago — I find those LOL Cat thingies funny. I don’t know what the technical name for them is, and I’ve firmly tried to ignore them, but…actually some of them are pretty damned funny.

When were you first published and what was the name of the book? Is it still available for purchase?

2000. Fatal Shadows. The first edition is out of print, but pops up periodically on eBay, etc.

How has your writing evolved since you were first published? How has the industry changed?

Whoa! These two questions — well, the second one certainly — are subjects for their own essays or articles! Suffice it to say, a lot.

Why are so many of your books written in the first person POV?

It really depends on the character and the story I’m trying to tell. With a character like Adrien English, his “voice” is paramount, and the best way to convey that to the reader is through first person. But with a story like Snowball in Hell or Dangerous Ground, I want to show what’s happening with both protags, and in that case, switching off between two deep but limited POVs works best. Sometimes it makes for a better more suspenseful story not to have access to one character’s thoughts, while you really want to get deeply into the psychology of the primary character. The Dark Horse is the perfect example of that.

Why write mysteries? What is it about this genre that has such a hold on your psyche? From your perspective, what is most satisfying about writing a mystery novel as opposed to other genres?  

Well, let’s see. First I enjoy mysteries — that’s mostly what I read. I like the puzzle aspect, and I like the psychological aspect: what would drive someone to steal? To take a life? How would someone respond to blackmail? Motive is fascinating to me. And I relate to the quest for justice — there’s little enough of it in real life.

Secondly, while I enjoy writing about characters and their relationships, I like a meaty and complex plot, and most romances just don’t have enough action for me. A mystery offers a clean, structured story with something more at stake than…does he feel the same way about me?

Do you have other books that were previously published by Gay Men’s Press or other publishers?

No.

Do you consider yourself a “mystery” writer or have you gone over to the “dark side” i.e. romance? Or perhaps labeling is unimportant and you simply wish to be viewed as a writer?

Labels are useful for marketing. They’re a convenience more or less. I probably think of myself as a mystery writer — that’s mostly what I write — but I don’t consider romance the “dark side.” We’re all defined by our relationships with others, and most of us place premium value on our romantic relationships, so writing about the romantic relationship is always interesting and challenging. I actually have the best of both worlds right now, which is writing books that are half and half. Half mystery or action-adventure and half romance. It’s really entertaining for me — and hopefully for readers.

jl_ispysomethingbloody_coverlgDoes it bother you that every book you write, no matter how wonderful you and your fans think they are, will always be compared to your crown jewel, the Adrien English series?

It doesn’t bother me, exactly. I’m flattered that the character is so popular. I attribute it mostly to the fact that the Adrien books are full-length novels — and a series. It gives readers a chance to connect more firmly with the characters and their world. And I enjoy writing Adrien and his world — it’s satisfying to write because the books are more complex, more layered than a novella generally allows for.

I hope that any other series I write will do as well given time — the Adrien books have been around for a decade, so it would be sad if they hadn’t built some kind of reader loyalty by now.

 Why do you think there has been slower acceptance of your standalone books from your fans compared to the AE series which is so popular and gaining in popularity every day?

I probably already answered this above, but to expand a bit, I already had a solid fan base for the Adrien series when I moved into M/M writing. Those fans are mostly mystery fans — and mostly print readers. They’re not into ebooks, they’re not much into novellas (I never read novellas before I started writing them, so I know where they’re coming from) especially when my stories are paired with an author they’re not familiar with. Whereas the readers who have discovered me through the ebooks and novellas are willing to try out the Adrien books. It’s one way traffic at this point.

I hope to capture a lot of those print readers with a print collection of my novellas sometime next year. Kind of a…Best of compilation.

 Have you ever changed a plot direction (in a major way) from your original concept, in the middle of writing a book?

Probably, but I’m blanking on what the book might have been. Usually — especially with the novellas — I have a very clear idea of where I’m headed. They’re usually pretty straightforward. But if a better idea occurs, then I’m not afraid to adjust accordingly.

What do you consider to be your most significant accomplishment professionally?

I don’t know if I’ve ever done anything particularly significant. I’m writing mystery novels not curing cancer. That said, it’s satisfying to be able to entertain people, maybe educate them a little. I like the idea of providing the refuge of fiction to tired and stressed minds. Because that’s what fiction does for me. I like the idea that my work makes people happy. Corny, I know.

What has been your most successful book to date in terms of sales? Critical acclaim? Which do you prefer?

Well, The Hell You Say finaled for a Lambda, so I’d say that was my most critically successful work. Dangerous Ground had startling sales right out of the gate, so that was nice because I had a lot of fun writing it.

I have to support myself with my writing, so clearly sales are important to me. At the same time, it’s nice when reviewers respond to what I’ve written — who doesn’t like to read intelligent and insightful things about their hard work? Letters from readers are great. I really appreciate hearing someone’s sincere thoughts about something I’ve written — occasionally it makes me see the work in a different way.

What advice do you have for aspiring and new writers? 

I see way too many writers willing to settle for second-best efforts. Getting published — well, depending on the publisher, that’s not always the mark of good writing. Let’s face it, there’s a lot of demand for M/M stories right now. It’s not hard to find a publisher if you’re halfway competent. And I see smart and talented writers taking shortcuts and cheap shots. My advice is that you never be satisfied with anything but your best effort, that you choose quality over quantity.

I see many young writers who think that their best promotion is to get a lot of stories out right away, but if the stories are all the same kind of mediocre thing…you’re not doing yourself any favour in the long run. Mostly because you won’t have a long run.

Take your time. Learn your craft. Make every story count.

Do you find it easier to write books that are part of a series or stand-alones? Why?

There are advantages and disadvantages to both. The series stuff requires an investment of time and mental — even emotional — energy. There’s a lot to keep straight. The stories are more complex, layered — as are the characters. The stand-alones are taxing in that it’s not easy constantly coming up with new characters, settings, dynamics — keeping them fresh and different enough, but keeping them very much in the vein of what a reader expects from a Josh Lanyon story.


Adrien English series

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How did you come up with the idea of a series starring such flawed and conflicted characters as Jake and Adrien? How do you account for its popularity?

 

Luck? It’s not like I sat down and planned what I thought would be a brilliant pairing. These were just the first characters that came to me, and they refined themselves as I worked with them.

Maybe one reason they click with readers is because they are very much grounded in reality. They’re nuanced. They’re flawed, but they are also doing the best they can. Like most people in real life.

Jake is an amalgamation of a number of guys I’ve known. Adrien is just your normal, nice, boy-next-door — with a smart mouth. He’s a little different from a lot of gay amateur sleuths in that I didn’t want him larger than life: I didn’t want him to be a goof or a super hero. I gave him a few realistic problems and I gave him a few believable strengths. His conflicts with Jake are natural ones. What these two want and need from each other is going to bring them into fierce opposition — but they balance each other too.

You have achieved a considerable amount of critical acclaim from your peers particularly for the Adrien English series. Is this as important to you as, say, fans and other readers liking your work and buying your books? Why?

You know, it’s satisfying in a different way. Another writer is going to see the work that goes into making the stories seem effortless. He’s going to analyze and inevitably compare. I understand that only too well because these days I’m rarely able to read without dissecting what I read — unconsciously sometimes. I’m weighing a word, a phrase, wondering if there was a better way to say that — or admiring how something was handled, wishing I’d said that. It’s rare that I can lose myself in a story anymore — when that happens, I love that writer.

When the Adrien English Mysteries were first released were they just as popular with mystery buffs as they are now with romance readers?

They came out with a small press in England and there were distribution problems, but the field of gay mystery was much smaller then, so they did build a following. What you’re seeing now is the cumulative effect of ten years of writing. My situation is kind of unique — in both good and bad ways.

Are there any similarities between Adrien and Josh? From a brief bio I read about you there appear to be parallels between Adrien’s character and J. Graeme (your other alter ego). Is this a case of writing what you know?  

Adrien is not me by any means, but many of his thoughts and attitudes are mine. He is the closest to me of any of my characters.

Personally, although I really like Adrien’s character which I think is wonderful, Jake the anti hero is my favourite however, I’m in the minority. I’m sure you don’t want to alienate the fans of the series further about Jake especially after The Hell You Say so how have you handled the backlash against him, in this new book, to salvage his character and make him more appealing to those fans who say “off with his head?” Or have you?

What you see in Death of a Pirate King is Jake dealing with the aftermath of the choices he’s made. He’s made difficult choices — and he pays a price. Some readers may be appeased by the price he pays, some may not. But I tried to keep it all realistic and true to both Jake and Adrien. Without betraying fans of the series.

You are of course aware that some fans of the series are actually hoping that you will kill off Jake’s character or that he would just go away – maybe on a sabbatical. What would you like to say to them?  

I think generally fans hope Jake will somehow be redeemed. He’s an awfully powerful figure within the series to simply “go away.” I’m not sure that would really satisfy anyone.

Do you have a favourite character in the Adrien English series? If so, who and why?  

Most of the characters amuse me. They’re entertaining to write. But if Adrien is closest to myself, I guess it makes sense that Jake is my favourite. He’s such an appalling mix of hero and anti-hero.

Do you have an end game for the Adrien English series at some point or are you going to keep writing the stories as long as your fans keep buying the books? Do you worry that at some point you’ll run out of really quality plots and supporting characters that your fans can relate to, causing the series to lose its edge?

I plan to wind the series up with book five. That’s always been the plan. I do think it’s important to end a series at a high point — while the readers — and I — still love it. But it’s a balance. I don’t want to leave readers high and dry, feeling like the story was abandoned rather than wrapped up.

 I’m assuming that since AE is a series, Jake and Adrien will not work things out romantically until you decide to wrap it up, if then. Personally I like the focus on the mysteries but in deference to your romance fans could you tell us if Adrien and Jake will at least declare their ‘lust’ for each other in a future book before you end the series?

Adrien’s quest for true love is a major story arc through the series, so, no I wouldn’t want to address that *g*. I can say this much: most questions regarding a possible future for Jake and Adrien will be answered by the end of this book.

 Although the AE mysteries are written from Adrien’s POV we still don’t know how he feels about Jake. Sometimes his emotions are evident but I’m wondering how much more is simmering underneath that very contained and restrained exterior.

Adrien hasn’t worked out exactly how he feels about Jake, and some of that comes through, I guess. But to tell the truth, one of the silliest things about M/M romance is how much time male characters sit around brooding about what they feel for each other. I think that is definitely a feminine preoccupation.

Are there any plans for an interview with Adrien similar to Jake’s “In Their Own Words” very revealing interview? 

Ah. I did just that very thing! There is indeed an interview with Adrien over at ITOW.

When you realized how popular the AE series was becoming with a new audience did you have a moment when you thought of changing its direction?

I’m not sure I understand the question. Change its direction how? First and foremost it’s a mystery series, so I really couldn’t change too much with it. I guess one thing that popularity with a new readership brought about was that I’m not as sure as I once was that the series will end with book five. I assume it will, but…it’s not set in stone.

If there still seemed something left to say — or if I was really longing to write another one, and if — after book five — readers still seemed enthusiastic…well, never say never.

Death of a Pirate King is the first Adrien English mystery that you have written since the series was published by LooseId in May 2007 over a year ago. The original books were published in 2000, 2002 and 2006 by Gay Men’s Press and you did some re-editing because the books were being targeted to a new audience of M/M romance readers, but basically this is the first new AE mystery. Why did you wait until now to write another original AE story given the success of the re-launched AE mysteries?  

I think two years between these books is just about right. But, yeah, even if I’d wanted to get going on it earlier, I had too many other creative commitments.

DOAPK is the fourth book in the Adrien English series. What is different about this one other than it’s a new story? Do you think this is the best Adrien English book to date? Why?  

No. I think The Hell You Say was probably stronger — although some readers didn’t care for the occult angle. But I never like the current book. It takes a long time — years usually — before I can look at a book and see anything but all the mistakes.

Are you concerned that Death of a Pirate King will be held to a higher standard by your fans than the other three books that were written for a different audience of mystery lovers? Do you feel additional pressure to make changes to the main characters and add more romance to the stories now that the series is so popular with M/M romance readers?

This book is aimed at my core mystery audience, and if the romance readers embrace it, that will be lovely. But…I wouldn’t change the main characters to please anyone — the fates of these characters were decided long ago.

I will say that the relationship angle was boosted in this one, but it ties directly into the mystery so…it makes sense. I hope.

Recently Adrien English was reviewed by “Dear Author” and you seemed inordinately pleased. Is it because this blog is considered mainstream and you feel it is important for your work to be accepted regardless of genre?

I don’t know about “inordinately” pleased. I’m very glad to see an m/m novel getting reviewed by a mainstream romance site — and to Dear Author’s credit, they seem to have reviewed a number of m/m novels. There’s a real war going on in the romance community — and I think it’s going to get a lot uglier before it’s over. I’ve already heard a number of het romance writers speak militantly — and arrogantly — about disapproving of certain “trends” in romance.

Because I think you strategise your plots long in advance (particularly for this series), have you a plan for Jake’s “coming out?” (I’m assuming he is not going to be in the closet forever) If so, have you given any thought to whether it will be scandalous, devastating or amusing?  

Yes. The circumstances of Jake’s coming out have been planned for years. I think the best word to describe it would be…inevitable.

Jake’s former partner Detective Chan is one of at least 5 people that we know of who is aware of Jake’s sexual orientation, are you going to expand his role in the series around a “coming out” party for Lieutenant Jake Riordan?

No. Jake isn’t the kind of guy who would have a “coming out” party — and Chan is not the kind of guy who would go to one.

Is Jake going to continue “doing the clubs” as one way of relieving his sexual frustrations and trying to forget about Adrien?

That would be difficult to answer without addressing where that relationship lies at the end of Death of a Pirate King.

The character of Velvet in THYS (who was very mysterious, always snooping in Adrien’s office and making suspicious phone calls) – was she just a random character or will we see her again in a future book?

That’s an interesting question because people come and go in the Adrien books much like they do in real life. So I really can’t say for sure. I don’t see Velvet making a return appearance, but who can say for sure?

Josh at Large

Are you going to write more romance and sex into your stories now that you have a new and expanding audience of romance readers, given the success of Dangerous Ground and I Spy Something Bloody? (More sex, drugs and rock and roll?)

Nah. It usually works out to about two scenes a book. I pace these things pretty carefully, so more than that won’t fit with the amount of story I’m working with.

Scenes of intimacy — sex? They need to make sense within the character and story arc. There needs to be a point to them beyond the obvious one. As a reader, I get bored fast when it’s just sex scene after sex scene — or the sex scene pops up because a certain number of pages have passed — so I basically just write what I’d want to read.

 With popularity comes increased expectations. Has your new fame changed the content of what you write because your readers now have different expectations?  

Well, the basic change already happened: I began writing romance novels. Everything I now write has the twin plots of romance and whatever the sub-genre is: mystery, action adventure, paranormal, suspense. Beyond that…no. I write what I like to write, and so far I’ve been lucky in both my publishing partners and my readers. My hope is that my readership will expand as more people discover my work, but I wouldn’t compromise quality or content just for more readers. First and foremost I have to be able to take pride in what I do.

 When can we look forward to another excellent adventure with Will and Taylor, those hawt guys of Dangerous Ground? (More water sports I say)

Next year! I have a second novella planned. This time around Taylor is being stalked from someone in his past, and Will is going to do everything in his power to keep that someone from ending their partnership permanently.

 Snowball in Hell is set in L.A during World War II. What made you think of writing a book set in the 40s? I understand that this will form the basis of a new series starring Nathan and Matt and the next book will be out towards the end of the year. What can you tell us about the new book?

I’m a big fan of film noir and the hardboiled detective novels of the 1930s and 40s, so this was a natural choice for me. And the war years add a dimension of poignancy and peril that I find naturally appealing. I like these characters a lot, but the stories are a lot more serious than the Adrien series, so readers just may not take to it.

In the next book Nathan begins poking around in the interment of a Japanese-American college friend which puts him in direct conflict with Matt — and with some powerful and dangerous people.

There’s been a change in the scheduling of that book, by the way. We’re now looking at sometime next year for a release.

 I Spy Something Bloody is out now both in e-book format through LooseId as well as in the print version of Partners in Crime III by MLR Press. Can you give your readers a 30 second blurb of your new story in PIC IV, “Murder in Plein Air?

Reclusive artist Drew Bryant owes his life and sanity to Detective Steve Hurst. Steve, who helped Drew work through the brutal attack that left him crippled physically and emotionally two years earlier, always promised they’d eventually get the guys who shattered Drew’s life — and now someone is. One by one, Drew’s accused attackers are being executed — and to Drew’s horror, everything points to Steve. <!–[if !supportLineBreakNewLine]–> <!–[endif]–>

Hmm. Sounds pretty bad. It’ll be interesting to see what I can make of that.

With the success of Man Oh Man, are you planning on writing other non-fiction books?  

Not at this point — although I’m tempted to write something geared to mystery or suspense writing in the M/M genre. Some of what passes for mystery or crime makes me want to tear my hair out.

I do offer a manuscript evaluation service for m/m and/or mystery writers — whether absolute newbies or published writers who want to kick it up a notch. I actually enjoy the teaching process, which is what manuscript evaluation really boils down to. In fact, talking books and writing is one of my favourite things.

You have contributed a story, Out of the Blue, to the soon-to-be-published (Fall 2008) military anthology Esprit de Corps. What can you tell us about the anthology and your contribution to the book?

I’m really looking forward to this anthology. I’m paired up with some terrific writers, and my story is set in WWI. I’ve been doing a lot of research on WWI poets and pilots.

Grieving over the death of his lover, British flying ace Bat Bryant accidentally kills the man threatening him with exposure. Unfortunately there’s a witness: the big, rough American they call “Cowboy” – and Cowboy has his own price for silence.

You have a number of books (both print and e-books) that will be released between now and the end of the year. Could you please give us the 411 on the titles and the expected release dates?

There are a lot of changes in my schedule, so it’s hard to pin down exact dates — right now it’s looking like Death of a Pirate King in September, Mexican Heat in late September, By Limited Engagement in September (that was for a charity “marriage sip” I did for Torquere), Esprit de Corps in October and The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks and Partners in Crime IV in December.

Don’t Look Back and the next Nathan and Matt are temporarily on hold.

On the bright side, I already have 2009’s writing schedule worked out, and it’s a lot easier than this year’s marathon!

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Mexican Heat, the first book in the new Crimes and Cocktails series (MLR Press), is being released in September, just after Death of a Pirate King. This is a writing project with Laura Baumbach. What can you both tell us about your partnership? How did it evolve and how do you collaborate? 

 I feel like I’ve really blabbed enough, so I’m going to leave Laura to answer these.

 LAURA: The collaboration evolved practically on its own. I had written a snippet a couple of years ago, a very small short story, that was to be a scene out of a novel I wanted to write. That short snippet turned out to be one of the first ebooks that Josh read when he was familiarizing himself with ebooks. Since he was familiar with the characters, when I finally sat down to write that novel Mexican Heat two years later, he was the logical choice to send the manuscript to for a clearer eye when I hit a wall with the story. That in itself is odd because I’d never had that happen to me before. I can always work a story through. But not this time.

And in this case it was a terrific thing disguised as a problem. Josh had an immediate affinity for the characters and a real feel for where I wanted to take the story. Kind of uncanny. He also pinpointed the problems I was having. He outlined the story, fleshed out the action, suggested chapter by chapter plotting and generally made me see I was trying to put three separate stories into one. After reading the awesome outline and suggestions we eventually talked ‘around’ doing a collaboration, but I was panicked by the idea. I’m very isolated in my work routine. I didn’t think another author would tolerate working with me. No one can stand me long enough to work on an entire novel! Josh proved me wrong. We made tentative gestures and then embraced the whole idea of co-authoring what is now a series of at least three books.

Working from the outline we had agreed on, I sat down and wrote the first draft. We talked and emailed through passages and issues. I did a chapter then Josh reworked it, blending his voice into mine, working to achieve a unique third voice. We hope we were successful but ultimately readers will decide. The second book should be even smoother both in process and product. By number three, we’ll have it down to a science. lol. It’s been a great process, one I learned a lot from and enjoyed. Josh is an amazingly gifted author. One who knows his craft inside out and is willing to share that gift. In all seriousness, I’m honored to be writing with him. It’s a huge learning opportunity for me. <!–[if !supportLineBreakNewLine]–> <!–[endif]–>

 Are you concerned that the release of Mexican Heat so close to Death of a Pirate King will be eclipsed by DOAPK which is so eagerly anticipated by fans of the series?

 LAURA: God, no. I wish! Kidding! Death of a Pirate King is all Josh, unique, engaging, artful and engrossing. His voice and these characters, Adrien and Jake, are two things I think readers can’t get enough of. DOAPK has a huge, waiting audience. Mexican Heat’s men, Gabriel and Antonio, have yet to show they can please and intrigue. A sure thing (DOAPK) vs unknown entity (MH). Gabriel and Antonio will have to work darn hard to come close to Adrien and Jake! And since I believe they are both terrific stories, readers win either way it falls. <!–[if !supportLineBreakNewLine]–> <!–[endif]–>

 I believe there are other books in this new series which will be published at 6 month intervals. Is the concept the same as AE (same protags throughout the series with new characters introduced in each book)? Can you tell us a little bit about the series?

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 LAURA: The books will follow the lives of the two heroes, Gabriel and Antonio throughout the series. It’s a Romantic Crime Series. Something a little different than most may have read before. It’s the long tale of adjustment and adaptation to life, love and all the obstacles that crop up in those areas paired with a bit of crime drama and some mystery, suspense and a bit of erotic romance. The first book is back story. How Gabriel and Antonio met, how they run into each other again in the course of their jobs and the secrets they both hide. There is a devastating event that permanently affects one of the heroes. A part of the entire series will be his adjustment to that event and how the two of them meet the challenge together.
        In the first book, Mexican Heat, they are just trying to stay alive until the end. The second book, Tequila Sunrise, deals with a new mystery while it forces them to face some hard issues and take their relationship and lives together to the next step in several areas. They expand their personal universe as well, introducing a secondary character that will show up in the third book. It also resolves some minor unfinished business in MH. Sangria White Bull introduces extended family dynamics into Gabriel and Antonio’s relationship at the same time it gives readers a crime drama/mystery set in the California Wine country. I’m in love with the characters. I hope readers will be too.

 Writing Partnerships

You now have two series with different writing partners. What are the differences between writing solo books and partnering with another author? How do you collaborate?

 Well, with Laura we really are co-writing. The Partners in Crime series is a matter of choosing themes or motifs and then each writer doing his/her own thing.

Josh at Play

 So Josh, you play the guitar. What else do you do for fun?


I wish to hell I had free time. If I did, I’d read, sleep in, watch movies (film noir especially), swim, garden, cook and drink. Mostly I’d read because I feel like I haven’t had the chance to lose myself in fiction for years, and there are so many books I want to read right now. Many of my writing friends have written books I’m eager to read — in fact, I feel bad for not finding the time.

Is there a question about yourself that you have never been asked but are dying to answer?

Not after EIGHT FRICKING PAGES OF QUESTIONS. Are you kidding me? I think you’ve pretty much covered my entire life, Wave! *g*

What’s it like to be the new rock star of the publishing industry? (Don’t be modest, you know you are) Do you enjoy the fame and following (fanyons I believe they are called) that your new status brings?

I’m not being modest here; I just think that I’m well-known within a relatively small circle. Outside that circle I’m not known at all, so I really don’t think of myself as the rock star of m/m publishing — maybe the guy in the piano lounge.

Do you have a lot of trouble with groupies?

Not so far. I live in hope.

Do you ever say to yourself, “Damn I’m hot”? If so, under what circumstances?

I live in the California desert, so yes; I spend most of the summer saying, “Damn, I’m hot!” In fact, I often use worse language than that.

No? Not what you were looking for?

On your LiveJournal blog you have a knack for getting your “friends” to open up and say just about anything. How do you do it?

I offer them free tickets to my concerts? No, seriously, I have no idea. I like talking to people, I like chatting about writing and books and the oddball things that catch my attention. I’m interested in what makes people tick, and maybe that comes across? I answer their comments?

I understand that you have a joint venture involving a line of Adrien English products being peddled developed by Angus Devotee, Louisa Clark’s alter ego. Is this new line eventually going to replace writing as your primary source of income? (I was thinking of including some pictures of the products but Nah, have to think about your dignity although it’s a little late 🙂 )

I cannot WAIT until my commission starts rolling in. I may finally be able to afford writing for a living.

Now that you have conquered the publishing world, what’s up next for Josh Lanyon, movies perhaps?

Why stop there? Maybe I’ll run for president.

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 How can your fans and other readers get in touch with you?

Through my website: http://www.joshlanyon.com

Thanks for the opportunity, Wave. It was fun chatting – – well, for the first four hours. *g*

I would like to thank Josh most sincerely for taking the time to answer all of the questions submitted by yours truly and some of the fans of the AE series. Although he claims that it was “eight fricking pages of questions,” when I counted the actual pages there were probably maybe six, OK seven 🙂 I had tons of questions that I could have asked Josh such as: Does he prefer boxers, briefs, kilts or going commando? But since this is an interview about his writing career as he kept reminding me when I asked what I thought were probing, but legitimate questions, I’m biding my time for a more free-flowing interview 🙂

I’m betting he’ll forget about this one in a few months. I noticed that he was getting a bit testy toward the end but when the cramp from all that typing is gone I think he’ll grant me a more fun interview. In any event, what is important is that he was such a good sport to do this for a relatively unknown blog. I can categorically state that his next interview will be a lot shorter *g*

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Thanks also to Laura Baumbach who contributed a great deal to the interview and answered all of my questions about her and Josh’s new Crimes and Cocktails series. Laura, I really appreciate and heart you!

Josh’s line of Adrien English products and clothing can be found on AngusDevotee’s livejournal here. LouisaClark is busy right now preparing for the Fall season so that Josh can be provided with an additional income stream.

And that’s a wrap.

 

 Josh Lanyon’s backlist

Fatal Shadows – MLR Press

A Dangerous Thing – MLR Press

The Hell You Say – MLR Press & Loose Id

The Adrien English Mysteries – Loose Id

The Dark Horse – Loose Id

Partners in Crime I (“Cards on the Table”) – MLR Press & Loose Id

Partners in Crime II (“Snowball in Hell”) – MLR Press

Snowball in Hell ebook edition – Aspen Mountain Press

Partners in Crime III (“I Spy Something Bloody) – MLR Press

I Spy Something Bloody ebook edition – Loose Id

Hostage anthology (“Dangerous Ground”) – MLR Press

Dangerous Ground ebook edition – Loose Id

Scared Stiff anthology (“Ghost of a Chance”) – MLR Press

Arresting Developments anthology (“In a Dark Wood”) by Aspen Mountain Press

Man, Oh Man: Writing M/M Fiction for Kinks and Ca$h

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