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Today we meet author Trina Lane. Trina is now attending as a Featured Author so if you’re at GRL make sure you check out her author reading.
Meet Trina Lane
Welcome! Thanks for agreeing to answer a couple of questions. Hopefully you won’t find then too difficult. 🙂
Thank you so much for having me!!!
Is this your first GRL? If not, do you have any advice for authors and/or readers who are attending? If it’s your first, what made you sign up this year?
This will be my 3rd GRL, but I also attended the informal gathering at Carol Lynne’s that started the whole party. My best piece of advice for all authors and readers is to mingle, make friends, and enjoy all the festivities–especially the go-go boys :). While networking is a key strategy for conferences, I look at this retreat as a time to simply enjoy myself and relax away the stresses of everyday life.
What are you most looking forward to about GRL this year?
It’s been two years since I attended the last GRL so I’m really looking forward to seeing my author friends and meeting all the readers who continue to support my writing.
What inspired you to start writing in the gay romance genre?
The simple answer is I love men. The more complicated answer is that I’ve always felt more comfortable writing from a male perspective than female. I don’t know exactly why that is, given the fact that I am a woman. But the words, personalities, and lives of my men always seem to flow more naturally than the MF books I’ve written. I’m very proud of the MF and MFM books I’ve done. I plan to continue to writing them periodically, but gay romance seems to fill a small empty space in my heart and I always feel good about giving these men the happily ever after they deserve.
What was the first m/m romance book you wrote? Can you share a little about the story?
The first gay romance book I wrote was called Taking the Chance. It was released by Totally Bound in 2008. I was so honored when it was given the Golden Blush Recommended Read by Literary Nymphs. The story is about a pair of men whose lives are full, but not fulfilling. Robert, a mixed martial arts competitor, has put his personal life on hold to achieve his goals of becoming the world champion. When he meets Justin, an EMT, that decision seems to become more difficult than ever to maintain. Robert’s family has been supportive of his career, but they’d like to see him find a man whose love will help him grow both as an athlete and person. Justin works two jobs and is so focused on trying to survive month to month that love seems like a pipe dream. Their journey is about both self discovery and finding that one person who is meant for you.
What book are you currently reading or have just finished reading? Tell us a little about it.
I’m currently reading a book by Lex Chase called Americana Fairy Tale. I’ve only read a few chapters so far, but it’s a very creative twist on fairy tale lore set in contemporary times. Men can be princesses and women princes. There are evil witches and fairy godfathers. I’m having a lot of fun with it, and can’t wait to find out what twists and turns Ms. Chase came up with to keep me on the edge of my seat.
Please share an interesting fact your readers may not know about you?
I’m kind of known among my friends and family to be a jack of all trades and master of none. I’m an avid photographer (landscape and architecture), historian, musician (vocal performance), doctor (is my everyday job), parent, spouse, writer (obviously 🙂 ), and I couple more I could probably come up. So my brain tends to ping pong around different topics on any given day. I figure the variety just makes me well rounded, If not a bit nutty.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by. I look forward to meeting you in a couple of weeks, the more nutty the better! 🙂
If you look up the word conundrum in dictionary, there should be a photo of Trina Lane. Her personality is so multifaceted that her friends have spent countless hours scratching their heads in wonder. A scientist with a passion for history, music, and photography, she loves to travel and experience new places but is terminally shy around people she doesn’t know.
Trina has been devouring romance novels since her tender teenage years, although she only began writing in 2007. When her debut novel was met with resounding success, she said “Hey, I can do that again.” The rest, as they say, is history. Her choices in reading and writing material are as diverse as her iTunes library, which contains music from Mozart to Metallica. Her one concession is all stories must have a happily ever after ending—did we mention she’s incurably romantic? She lives in Missouri with her loving and indulgent husband, a toddler who will someday rule the world, and an orange tabby cat affectionately referred to as Houdini for his stealthy escape attempts.
Featured book from Trina Lane
Project manager Garrett Sloan builds majestic hotels for the rich and famous around the world, but when it comes to love, all his relationships seem to crumble. His latest project lands him in Istanbul, where the desire he’s held for a certain French architect heats up under the Middle Eastern sun, and his resolve never to mix business with pleasure melts beneath the added hot stare and skilled hands of a Turkish mason.
The three men discover they want to build a relationship to stand the test of time—much like Kyle LaFleure’s buildings and Emir Şahin’s stonework. As the bonds between Garrett and his partners grow stronger and more complex, they work to lay the perfect foundation on which to build a lasting relationship. Can the three men construct a relationship that will endure? Or will their love reach its zenith when their shared task of finishing the ultimate Ottoman luxury hotel reaches its completion?