22 November 2010

Inside the Author's Studio with Josh Lanyon w/ Book Giveaway


In this week's Inside the Author's Studio, I am pleased to welcome Josh Lanyon. Please take a moment to get to know Josh and enter to win a copy of his latest release Blood Heat!

A distinct voice in gay fiction, multi-award-winning author JOSH LANYON has been writing gay mystery, adventure and romance for over a decade. In addition to numerous short stories, novellas, and novels, Josh is the author of the critically acclaimed Adrien English series, including The Hell You Say, winner of the 2006 USABookNews awards for GLBT Fiction. Josh is an Eppie Award winner and a three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist.

Describe yourself in one sentence?
Josh Lanyon: not what you expect

What are the one record, book, and food, you'd take to a desert island?
Only one record!? Then I'd take the mega CD my SO made me with my favorite cuts from about sixty albums. For my single book I'd grab The Art of Murder by Raymond Chandler, which I've always intended to read but never got around to. For food...an endless supply of chips and salsa and margaritas. (Hey, if I'm going to be stranded, I may as well enjoy myself!)

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I always wanted to be a writer. From the third grade on it was absolutely determined to make it as a writer.

Which book do you wish you'd written?
Louis Bayard's Mr. Timothy. He's got such a smooth, readable style -- and a marvellous gift of invention. I'm intensely jealous.

What makes you happy?
My garden

What makes you angry?
Stupidity. Especially self-righteous stupidity. People who wear ignorance like a badge of honor.

Name five people how you'd like to invite to a dinner party?
I'd love to have a dinner party with some of my favorite writer friends, but I wouldn't dare offer that guest list for fear of leaving someone off. So...I'd like to dine with Raymond Chandler, Jesus, Thomas Jefferson, Amy Lowell, and George Harrison. I want to sit next to Jesus, though.

What's the scariest thing you've ever done?
I used to routinely mix pills with drinking. I did that for years as a matter of fact, and then one day it finally dawned on me I was probably going to eventually kill myself. The scariest part is that it took me years to figure it out.

What inspired you to start writing?
I always loved telling my sibs and friends -- and anyone else who would listen -- stories, so I think it was a natural progression to putting it all on paper. I think it's my Celtic ancestry. We're all born storytellers.

Where would you most like to live?
The west of Ireland or the Outer Hebrides. Failing that, rural Oregon.

What is your favorite curse word?
Fuck when I'm really irked. Crikey when I'm merely frazzled.

Who is your favorite man candy? 
He refuses to submit to being photographed. ;-D How about a picture of a Stick Man?

Sum up your latest release in no more than twelve words!
Will and Taylor: the boys are back in town!

Josh has graciously offered up a PDF copy of Blood Heat to a commentor. Comment away to win, and make sure you leave a way for me to get in touch with you! This contest runs until Sunday, November 28th at Midnight EST. Good luck!

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17 people posted their 2 cents:

Josh Lanyon said...

How did you find that rare photo of me?!! I thought I had destroyed all the copies.

Anonymous said...

That stick figure is a hoot.

Here's a question for you, what would you say to Jesus if you did get to sit next to him?

Steve Leonard said...

Great interview! And quite eye opening. So glad you stuck around to write.

Cayendi said...

He refuses to submit to being photographed

That brought a completely different sort of picture to mind. *cough* *blush* *crawls back into the gutter*

Great interview :)

Anonymous said...

Don't enter me into the contest because I already have it, but I wanted to comment and say, if you haven't read Josh Lanyon, you are truly missing out on alot of good reads!

Anonymous said...

Please don't enter me in the contest; I have the book already, too.

Josh, when you write stories for a living, it must be a little bit un-nerving to answer personal questions and put those pieces of your real life down on paper. Thank you for an interesting and thoughtful interview.

Ann said...

Fun interview. Will and Taylor, huh? Yummy.

Josh Lanyon said...

Here's a question for you, what would you say to Jesus if you did get to sit next to him?

So, J. Any regrets?

Josh Lanyon said...

Thanks, Steve. Thanks, Cayendi.

Josh Lanyon said...

What a nice thing to say. Thanks, Singingsky!

Josh Lanyon said...

Thank you, Patty. What you say is true, but I think one reason I've relaxed a little is because of readers like you, like Steve, like so many of the usual suspects. I've made some good web friends - people I look forward to interacting with online. I couldn't imagine that when I first got online. I was much more wary and worried.

Jan said...

Another who already has the book, but just wanted to saythanks for a great little interview. It's always fascinating to get these snippets into other peoples lives and opinions. Every interview adds to the list of ponderablesand new questions.

Hmm. What should we expect Josh?

Anonymous said...

Hi, Josh!

Obviously I've already got the book, but I wanted to thank you for the interview and the new bits of information about yourself.

NB: The west of Ireland and the Outer Hebrides are also my favorite places.



Sarah said...

What's the scariest thing you've ever done?
" used to routinely mix pills with drinking. I did that for years as a matter of fact, and then one day it finally dawned on me I was probably going to eventually kill myself. The scariest part is that it took me years to figure it out."

I think everyone does things like that... its only down the road you think how stupid was I.

Renee said...

Fun interview! :-)

Love Will and Taylor, and I'm so glad we're getting more stories about them.

UniquelyMoi said...

Hey there, Josh! Loved this interview and your sense of humor! I've heard so many wonderful things about your books from my Goodreads friends! And your stories seem to always get great ratings there! Congratulations!!!I'm looking forward to reading something of yours very soon.

If you could recommend 1 book for someone new to your writing, which would it be?

Ann said...

What a great interview! 'Crikey' as a curse is kind of awesome; I'm so into it. :)

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