As you know, I have just released Finding His Place, a story that takes place in Felice Stevens’ Memories with The Breakfast Club world. I wanted to introduce you to some of the other authors who wrote stories for the world launch. Today, meet Lane Hayes. I asked her a few questions about the Kindle Worlds project and here’s what she had to say.
How did you get involved in this Kindle Worlds project?
Felice Stevens told me about her Kindle World project at GRL last year and asked if I might be interested in submitting a short story. I agreed on the spot. It sounded like such a fascinating idea. Fan-fic meets Amazon. LOL
What are the elements of Felice’s Memories and Breakfast Club worlds that you incorporated into your story?
My “elements” are very subtle. I decided from the beginning that my story would circle her world rather than delve too deeply inside it. Readers will recognize a couple of names without having to work hard to understand how my characters coexist with hers.
What did you enjoy most about ‘playing’ in Felice’s world?
Honestly, I enjoyed the challenge. It’s not easy for a control freak like me to take on someone else’s “world”. I also loved writing a story set in my favorite place in the world…New York City! I’m visiting NYC later this month. Maybe I’ll run into Tony and Remy from A Way with Words and perhaps a few of Felice’s guys too!
Tell me a little about your main characters?
Tony DeLuca is a deeply closeted gay man from a big, nosy family who meets a striking young man playing guitar in the park across the street from the construction site where he’s working. Tony is quiet, shy and known amongst his family and friends for being socially awkward. Remy, on the other hand, is outgoing and vivacious. He’s new to NYC but isn’t afraid to try something new. Remy’s been out and proud for years and Tony can’t help but admire his strength.
Now that you’ve contributed a story to someone else’s world, would you like to open up one of your own to other authors? If so, what one?
Absolutely! I’ve written three series and I’m currently working on my fourth. I love the concept of inviting authors I respect to write something within any one of my worlds. If I had to choose, I’d go with Better Than simply because it’s my first and after all these years, it’s still very special to me.
Tony De Luca is a simple guy. He works for his uncle’s Brooklyn-based construction firm. And he knows from experience that keeping his head down and doing his job is the best way to deal with the meddlesome family members he sees daily. They think he’s quiet and maybe a little awkward but the truth is more complicated. Tony has a secret he isn’t ready or willing to share. He’s an expert at avoiding familial scrutiny. At least he was until the sexy guitar player showed up.
Remy Nelson is a small-town, free-spirited guy looking for a new life in the big city. He stays busy by playing his instrument on a busy Manhattan street corner during the day and bartending at night. Remy is more interested in finding steady employment than a mate, but he can’t deny his attraction to the dreamy construction worker with soulful eyes, a kind heart, and a unique way with words. Falling for Remy wasn’t what Tony expected, but he knows keeping him will require courage. And truth.
About the author
Lane Hayes is grateful to finally be doing what she loves best. Writing full-time! It’s no secret Lane loves a good romance novel. An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to well-told love story with beautifully written characters. These days she prefers the leading roles to both be men. Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked. Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions, and were winners in the 2016 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in an almost empty nest.
Books by Lane Hayes:
Better Than Good, Better Than Chance, Better Than Friends, Better Than Safe, The Right Words, The Wrong Man & The Right Time, Leaning Into Love and Leaning Into the Fall, A Kind Of Truth, A Kind of Romance, A Kind of Honesty, A Kind of Home AND A Way with Words
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