Josh Lanyon Guest Post: Elliot

Please welcome Josh Lanyon back to the blog today interviewing Fair Chance character Elliot!

Hello! I’m Josh Lanyon and I write gay and m/m mysteries and thrillers (among other things). A big thank you to the gang at Gay Book Reviews for hosting this stop on the long and winding Fair Chance book release tour.

Today’s mission was to write an introduction to Elliot Mills, the former-FBI-agent-turned-history-professor protagonist of the All’s Fair trilogy. I looked at a few online character interview samples. The Proust Questionnaire was certainly the most interesting and the 101 Questions to Ask Your Characters was the most intimidating. In the end I just grabbed a few questions at random, so we can call this Reader’s Digest Character Interview.

Character Introduction: Elliott

Name: Elliot Mills

Age: Thirty-four

Height: A lean six-foot

Birth Place: Seattle, Washington

Hair: Dark

Eyes: Gray

Health: Excellent. Other than a knee replacement which resulted from a shoot-out with a alt-right domestic terrorist–and which cost me the job I loved.

Current Occupation: History professor at a liberal arts college in the Pacific Northwest

Marital status: Settled. Partnered. Occupied.

Dominant Character Trait: Analytical.

Secondary Character Trait: The conscientious pursuit of Justice for All

Friends: Of course — though I’ve distanced myself from my former friends and colleagues at the Bureau since my shooting eighteen months ago.

Enemies: Do grown-ups have “enemies”? I’m locked in a psychological battle of wits with a serial killer. It’s not personal. Not on my end.

Family: My Dad, a former 60s radical and author — a near-legendary figure on the college campus where I now teach.

Tattoos: No.

Relationship with God: If he’s out there, I hope he’s got a good explanation.

Politics: Moderate with a strong leaning to the left

Overall outlook on life: Aim high. You might save the taxpayers some money.

Piercings: Do I look like a guy who would have piercings?

Voice: Pleasant, mellow baritone.

Right-or left-handed: Right

Level of Attractiveness: Don’t ask me. My author says “handsome and well-groomed.”

Clothing: Brooks Brother Casual

Fears: That I would have killed Ira Kane even if I hadn’t had to.

Sense of humor: Dry, acerbic, sometimes sarcastic

Interests and favorites: Civil War gaming, sailing, reading, cooking. Used to like rock climbing and running, but my ruined knee means those things are basically out.

Food, drink: Black Bull whisky and pretty much any well-prepared food. I’m partial to pizza

Music: The Civil Wars, soundtracks from Ken Burns documentaries, the Jayhawks

Books: Non-fiction. Anything to do with the Civil War

Movies: Prefers documentaries and sports

Color: blue-gray

Vehicle: Silver Nissan 305Z

Sexual Orientation: Gay. Came out in grad school — and discovered my parents had known since I was a kid.

Kinks: No. (Author insertion: One or two. Nothing he’d discuss with strangers.)

Most fears: losing the remaining two people I love most in this world.

Most desires: Tucker Lance — and my old job back

Elliot and I are giving away three signed print copies of Fair Game, the first book in the All’s Fair trilogy to three random commenters.

fair-chanceTitle: Fair Chance (All’s Fair #3)
Author: Josh Lanyon
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: March 13, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Suspense
Page Count: 72,000 words
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty LenaR, Renee and Lily G

Ex–FBI agent Elliot Mills thought he was done with the most brutal case of his career. The Sculptor, the serial killer he spent years hunting, is finally in jail. But Elliot’s hope dies when he learns the murderer wasn’t acting alone. Now everyone is at risk once again—thanks to a madman determined to finish his partner’s gruesome mission.

When the lead agent on the case, Special Agent Tucker Lance, goes missing, Elliot knows it’s the killer at work. After all, abducting the love of his life is the quickest way to hurt him.

The chances of finding Tucker are all but impossible without the help of the Sculptor—but the Sculptor is in no position to talk. Critically injured in a prison fight, he lies comatose and dying while the clock ticks down. Elliot has no choice but to play this killer’s twisted game and hope he can find Tucker in time.

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Author Bio

Bestselling author of over sixty titles of classic Male/Male fiction featuring twisty mystery, kickass adventure and unapologetic man-on-man romance, JOSH LANYON has been called “arguably the single most influential voice in m/m romance today.” Granted, that was yesterday.

Today Josh’s work has been translated into nine languages. The FBI thriller Fair Game was the first male/male title to be published by Harlequin Mondari, the largest romance publisher in Italy. The Adrien English series was awarded the 2nd Annual All Time Favorite Male Male Couple by the Goodreads M/M Group. Josh is an Eppie Award winner, a four-time Lambda Literary Award finalist for Gay Mystery, and the first ever recipient of the Goodreads Favorite M/M Author Lifetime Achievement award.

Josh is married and lives in Southern California.

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  • I love the author’s additional comment in Elliot’s interview! As always, so funny. Can’t wait to read the last installment!

  • This is a new author for me. I love stories with a college professor since I am one. I will be checking these out!

  • I love the All’s Fair series so much that I thought I’d add my four cents.

    Things I know about Elliot Mills:
    Loves Montreal
    Likes walking in the woods
    Likes reading books by the fire
    Under the right circumstances, could probably eat his weight in pastries


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