Josh Lanyon Interview 2011

When I started my old blog I asked Josh for an interview – nothing like going straight to the top :) I was so proud when he kindly agreed (he was being gracious as always) that I invited the world, at least that’s how it seemed, to send in questions to M/M’s most famous author. I think he regretted granting that interview for years because there were SO MANY questions and I was very green, being new on the job. There were probably a hundred questions and it took him a week to answer them. :ahhh: So I thought that I would make it up to him for screwing up years ago by scaling back today. :skoal:

This is a special interview with Josh as he’s taking a sabbatical at the end of 2011, I assume to regroup, rethink and renew – all of those things that people do on sabbaticals. But what I wanted to know from Josh was WHY he was doing this and whether there was any significance to the timing. So let’s start there:


Hi Josh. Thank you for agreeing to this short interview as you’re packing for parts unknown. If you’re going on a cruise to Hawaii I would like to come along as your cabin person. :escape:


Josh on sabbatical

Hello, Wave. It’s always a pleasure to chat with you and your five million readers. (very funny Josh)  😀 Could you do me a favour and click the locks on my suitcase while I sit on the lid and try to keep it closed? 😆 [I guess I was lucky you didn’t shove me into the suitcase and then sit on it]

Most people take sabbaticals to study or regroup, so my first question is: Are there any specific reasons why you’re going on a sabbatical?

This was a tough year. I lost people who were dear to me, people I had not made time for while I was getting my career up to speed. I did what we all do; I assumed there would be opportunity later. So I think those losses, that belated realization that we all have a limited amount of time, first put the idea in my head.

Secondly, there’s a limit to how long anyone can do what I’ve been doing for five years — cranking out story after story — and still produce fiction worth a reader’s time and money.

Short answer: er, yes, I’m going to study and regroup.  :blush:

My next question relates to timing. Why now? Is there a special reason why you chose 2012 to do this?

motivation to work

I guess I’m answering these backwards, but one reason why I’m choosing to do this now, is I’m trying to control the fall. I think a number of people would agree I’ve managed to write some of my best stuff in 2011, but I don’t believe that anyone as mentally and creatively tired as I am will continue to produce the kind of work that I hope is synonymous with my name. As a matter of fact, I’m not sure I’d continue to produce anything at all. I had to pull the plug on one final project this year because it just wasn’t in me to finish. The ideas are there, but when I sit down to write them, I just want to close my eyes and sleep.

Not a good sign!

What are you most looking forward to over the next year? Is it not being tied to a writing schedule for your latest book(s)? Is it having time for fun things? Perhaps you’re planning to read all of those books that have been piling up on your bookshelves and e-reader? All of the above?


Josh's real reason for his sabbatical

All of the above. I’m thrilled at the idea of writing whatever and whenever I please. I want to see friends I haven’t had time for in years. I want to spend time with the people I love. And yes, I want to read and watch movies and maybe even take a trip or two.

I’m hoping that this break will renew both my creativity and productivity and that I’ll be back in 2013 with wonderful new stories — stories that I’m excited about and that my readers will be excited about too.

What are you going to be doing in addition to some self publishing which I believe is one of your new projects?

Originally I wasn’t planning on going into self-publishing on any large scale, but things happen, things change, and now I’m excited about the possibilities. But I hope to get most of that dealt with before the end of the year so that as titles revert to me, I can have them up and running again with minimal investment of time.

I also want to figure out my game plan for the next decade or so. My wish is to write less but perhaps concentrate on more complicated and in-depth works — beyond the existing series obligations I have. I want to have time to research without feeling rushed because some of the best stories and characters come out of the research itself.

I made an assumption that you will be taking off the entire year but I should ask whether you could clarify that. Is there a chance that you will get tired of all

Josh's garden where he has those Irish coffees

this R & R time and come back before the end of 2012?

I’ve managed to avoid committing to anything for next year, so I do plan on an entire year without deadlines. But there’s no way I could go a year without writing. I don’t even want to. I just want to write at my own pace. So if I write something and it seems like a good time to release it (as in I find out I can’t pay the mortgage without a new release every couple of months), I’ll go ahead and publish.

On the other hand, I have zero desire to write anything at the moment, so it may take longer for that to come back than I realize.

Are you planning to do a bit of travel, and if so, do you have any specific locations in mind and do they serve your secret indulgence there, Irish coffees? :)


Isle-of-skye - the Hebrides

I’d love to travel, but no new releases will mean cutting back on expenses. So as much as I dream of trips to the Hebrides or Paris or back to Ireland, any traveling I do will probably be to visit friends here in the States. But hey! The best Irish coffees are the ones you drink with friends — or on those lazy Sunday mornings.

Your fans are already expressing concern that your sabbatical means you won’t be writing at all during 2012. Could you clarify if we can expect any new books next year or if we have to wait until 2013?

The only story I can promise for 2012 is Green Glass Beads, which will be in the Irregulars anthology coming from Blind Eye Books in April 2012. I hope there will be at least an additional short story or two, but I don’t want to make any promises that I’d have to break later on.

Last, whatever you will be doing during 2012, I hope you enjoy it. You deserve to have FUN! I understand that you will be making occasional posts here about your “adventures” in different areas during your sabbatical and I can’t wait to read them.

Aw. Thanks, Wave. I’ll definitely be around. And I’ll send the occasional update on how the sabbatical and adventures in self-publishing are progressing. 

I must express my sincere appreciation to you, Josh, for all of the hard work you put into your essays on writing and other topics germane to our genre, including those published on this site, for the benefit of other authors as well as readers. I don’t begrudge you the time you will be spending on personal projects but we will miss you. Once a month readers and authors eagerly check out your posts and they ask you numerous questions which you very patiently answer, even though this takes a lot of time away from your writing. On behalf of everyone here I want to say a huge “thank you.”

Last, and most important, thank you for your stories which are a constant source of joy to me and your readers. We will miss you.


This is the shortest interview I have ever done. I’m sure that Josh is relieved as that leaves more time for drinking.

Josh’s last story in 2011 is Lone Star in the Carina Press M/M Christmas anthology, Men Under The Mistletoe which was released on December 5.

Josh Lanyon’s Contact Information

Twitter: @JoshLanyon

4 years 2 months ago

Great interview.

Relax and have fun in your time off, Josh. I will look forward to reading Green Glass Beads. I remember seeing an early edition of it on your Mmcrit list, so I am excited to see the finished edition.

Happy Holidays.

4 years 2 months ago

Thanks, Lasha! Yes, it’s a very different story now. A study in revision and rewrite.

4 years 2 months ago

Great interview as always, Wave. :thanks: And Josh I hope your respite is both restful and reflective. :hug:

4 years 2 months ago

Thanks very much, Tom!

4 years 2 months ago

Hey, Josh! I wish you (and your wrists) a restful year, many shared moments with your loved ones, many exciting books to read, a trip or two to spice things up, re-acquaintance with your Muse (may he stay hot and funny!), many new stories to dream up.

I would lie if I said I wouldn’t miss your stories and your occasional voice of reason, but I’m looking forward the interview with Adrien and Jake (yes, I’m one of those people!), your last post and the Irregulars. We are going to survive somehow… 😥 :yes: :flowers:

4 years 2 months ago

I would lie if I said I wouldn’t miss your stories and your occasional voice of reason,

So…are you saying I’m only occasionally the voice of reason? 😀 😀

Seriously, thank you, Lady M. My wrists are certainly counting on the minutes till sabbatical starts.

(Hmmm…wrists counting out the minutes…I guess that would be my fingers helping count for my wrists.)

4 years 2 months ago

Josh, thank you for your wonderful stories, your invaluable advice and your endless generosity. I’m glad I’m one of those who has been “sipping” your books so I always have another one to look forward to. I hope you have a wonderfully relaxing, like a lazy Sunday afternoon at the beach, sabatical.

Wishing you and yours a very happy holidays, and the very best in the New Year. :)

4 years 2 months ago

Thanks, LC. I’m going to miss hanging out and shooting the breeze with everyone. But maybe a little time off will give me more to talk about in the end. 😛

Oh! The beach, yes! And I can’t wait for the summer and the return of my wading pool! 😀 Wave nailed it in her photos.

4 years 2 months ago

Have a wonderful year, Josh. I’m fortunate that I still have many of your books (unread) to tide me over while you’re gone. I’ll just feel sorry for everyone else who’s read them all and will suffering withdrawal!

4 years 2 months ago

You’re very kind, Finn.

If nothing else a nice long break from the assembly line will give people a chance to catch up on all those bits and pieces they keep putting off reading.

4 years 2 months ago

Have fun & take care of that wrists, Josh! You’ll still pop in now & then on GR, right? Or else we’ll 😥 (sorry, can’t resist using the cute emoticon).

4 years 2 months ago

You and those cute little clip art thingies!

Don’t worry, you won’t get rid of me so easily. 😎

4 years 2 months ago
Oh, Josh, I’m going to miss you, but I’m also glad you’re taking a break. You deserve it so much. Just last night I was checking out Best Sellers in Gay & Lesbian Fiction in the Kindle, and you are the author who has more books in the top one hundred. It has been like that for a while, so I wondered, how does he do it? A lot of hard work, and setting aside leisure times, I bet. So thanks for all those great stories and unforgettable characters. BTW, there is something I’ve never told you, and it’s that… Read more »
4 years 2 months ago

Thanks so much, Joanna. I’m always startled and pleased at the number of titles in that list. I think it has mostly to do with writing a million books. 😮

I do absolutely intend to pop in on a regular basis and say hey to you all!

4 years 2 months ago

Ah, come on – stretch your budget and a point and pop over to Ireland. I’ll stand you potato pancakes at the unbeatable Boxty restaurant in Dublin. 😀

4 years 2 months ago

Now there is an invitation almost impossible to resist. 😀

4 years 2 months ago
My gosh. I feel so sentimental reading this interview! But I really do intend to come back from the sabbatical! I guess it’s just that a year is a long time and a lot of things can change during its course. Although this could well be one of those years where nothing changes! 😀 (Other than I watch a lot of wonderful movies and read some really terrific books.) Anyway, I’m going to get mushy enough in my last post, so I’ll spare you all that this time around. Suffice it to say, I’ve loved every moment — even the… Read more »
4 years 2 months ago

Thanks for all the great books – I have just finished and enjoyed hugely (nearly split my infinitive there) Lone Star.

I was really excited by the phrase ‘My wish is to write less but perhaps concentrate on more complicated and in-depth works’. I’m really looking forward to those.

Hope your batteries recharge quickly enough for you to really enjoy your sabbatical.

4 years 2 months ago

Hi Rachel! Thank you for the kind words.

Yes, I’d definitely like to work at a slower pace and delve more deeply into characters. When I look back over the past years, my mind boggles. But I’m also very proud of what I’ve achieved. I just don’t want to continue achieving at that speed. 😀

Rhys Ford
4 years 2 months ago

Yeah, I’ll still be stalking you. I’ve got frequent stalker points to keep up. Get some rest. And chill.

Don’t forget to feed the cat. 😀

4 years 2 months ago

Cat? Oh THAT cat. I was thinking he made such a lovely table ornament. 😛

4 years 2 months ago

I want to add my thank you to the others here, for this interview and for all your lovely stories. I hope next year will be all you wish for and even more, and I for one would very much like to read more “complicated and in-depth” stories from one of my favorite writers in all genres.(No pressure intended :smile: ) – after a well earned sabbatical that is.

4 years 2 months ago

Thank you, Anne!

I know how these things go — before I know it it’ll be December 2012 and I’ll be thinking waaaaaait! Where did my year go?

4 years 2 months ago

I agree completely with Wave…”Last, and most important, thank you for your stories which are a constant source of joy to me and your readers. We will miss you”….

I know that none of us have a crystal ball to see what is around the corner, so you are right Josh to take time and spend it how you want and with who you want, time does go by too fast.

I’m thinking the story you have on hold this year is the sequel to “This Rough Magic”?

Wishing you a great time off, but please keep in touch!

4 years 2 months ago

Thank you very much, rdafan!

Yes, Ill Met By Moonlight is the story on hold until 2013.

No worries as far as me keeping in touch!

4 years 2 months ago

Thank you for your talent, your time, and your dedication to your writing, Josh. As you can see by Wave’s poll, it is much appreciated. Good luck to you during your sabbatical. I hope 2012 brings you both peace and joy. :sendoutlove:

4 years 2 months ago

That poll blows me away, Andy. I’m going to break down and vote in it myself! 😀

I could not ask for better company than the authors I’m listed with — not to mention the authors who were mentioned during the polling. So many wonderful talents in our genres. Many of them working quietly and unacknowledged at such a high level of excellence.


Thank you, Andy.

4 years 2 months ago

Have a wonderful holiday and thanks for all the books I’ll be re-reading next year. :flowers:

I’m saving the anthology for a Christmas Eve treat to myself, it’s becoming a tradition…….

4 years 2 months ago

Well, that’s a lovely tradition, and I’m proud to be part of it! Thank you, Raine.

4 years 2 months ago

Thank you for the interview Wave and Josh. Josh I want to wish you a fun time off, thank you for the wonderful stories, hopefully your sabbatical will be everything you want it to be. Oh and happy holidays :)

4 years 2 months ago

Happy Holidays to you, Sirius!

I have so many plans for my sabbatical that if even HALF of them come to fruit, I’m guaranteed of a wonderful break.

4 years 2 months ago

Have a great year, take your time and enjoy 😀
Thank you for this interview 😎

4 years 2 months ago

Thank you so much, Helena. I intend to make every minute count!

4 years 2 months ago

At the risk of repeating myself, we will all miss you Josh. But on a more personal level, I’m very glad that you have this opportunity to take a well deserved break. I’ll echo Wave and say thank you for all that you’ve done here, but more importantly thank you for the many fine stories that have entertained us all.

4 years 2 months ago

Thank you very much, TJ.

Don’t worry about repeating yourself. According to some critics, I’ve made a career out of it. 😛

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