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 in the 2014 and 2015 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband and the coolest yellow Lab ever in an almost empty nest.
Tell us a bit about yourself. How would describe yourself?
Hello! I’m Lane Hayes. I’m an avid reader of all genres but I admit I’ve always gravitated to romance. I discovered the MM genre a few years ago and fell in love all over again. My first book, Better Than Good, was released three years ago this summer. In a sense, it’s my personal letter of hope for my eldest son who came out just before I wrote the story. It was important to me that he embrace his journey with pride. My newest release, A Kind of Romance is my ninth novel. Needless to say, I haven’t looked back.
As to how I would describe myself… I would say I’m a funny combination of laid back but extremely disciplined. I have a soft spot for clever but kind people and travel. Just talking about a trip is enough to make me happy sometimes. LOL. And if I’m not writing, I’m reading. 🙂
How do you start your day?
I typically begin my day checking emails, FB and Twitter with a cup of tea before I dive into my writing. And generally, I’m up pretty early. 7am is sleeping in for me.
Are you a morning or a night person?
I’m more of a morning person only because I wake up early to write. By the time 9pm rolls around, I’m exhausted!
If you could do anything else in the world besides writing, what would that be?
Travel! But of course, I’d probably want to write about it. 🙂
Where would you like to live? Is there a special place you would love to get the chance to move to at some point?
New York City. I love it there. I love the energy, the culture, the diversity, the restaurants, museums…. Everything about it! I live in a pretty nice part of Southern California, so I really can’t complain, but I’m a city girl more than a beach girl. Someday…
Have you ever thought of quitting and trying your hand at something else? What made you keep writing?
I love writing. I’ve found my ultimate job after “trying my hand” at a number of things ranging from the mortgage business to designer. Ultimately I need a creative outlet. Writing gives me that and has the added bonus of being therapeutic too!
If you could start all over, would you still be a writer? What would you do different?
Yes. I would absolutely be a writer. The only thing I’d do differently is start sooner.
What is your writing process?
I generally have a feeling for the overall story before I begin. I’m a mix of being both a planner and a pantser. LOL. So although I may know the general direction of the story, I’m open to restructuring the outline. I would say my total “process”, including extensive pre-edits takes three months per book on average.
What do you find most challenging about writing and publishing?
Editing. Good editing is so important. We get married to our words, but unnecessary bits and pieces can ruin a great story. It’s not easy to slash and cut though. In fact, it’s excruciating sometimes.
What came first: the chicken or the egg? OR in this case: the title or the story?
LOL. Always the story. I never know the title until I’ve written “The End”. Even then I may change it a few times.
What are you working on now?
My current WIP is book 4 in the A Kind of Stories series. After this one, I have a short story to write before I begin a brand new series!
What are your plans for the future?
My goal is keep doing what I love and hopefully, grow as an author. Who knows? Maybe I’ll give mystery/suspense a try someday. But I can guarantee there will always be romance.
Thank you so much for inviting me to Divine Magazine!
Lane Hayes xo
Blurb for A Kind of Romance by Lane Hayes
Zeke Gulden is a ruthless Wall Street exec. His hard-edged, no-nonsense attitude has served him well in the cutthroat business world, but less so in his personal life. When he finds out his ex-boyfriend cheated on him with a coworker, Zeke can’t let go—not until he finds a way to get even. However, his meddlesome father has other ideas. The new hire at the family-owned bagel store is somewhat colorful, but his dad is sure he’s the perfect man for Zeke.
Benny Ruggieri is a fiercely proud New Yorker who dreams of making it big as a costume designer in the theater. In the meantime, he’s working two part-time jobs in the food biz. When his new boss sets him up with his successful son, Benny has zero expectations. If nothing else, he figures he can entertain himself by making the uptight businessman squirm. Instead, the two become unlikely friends with an inexplicable attraction they can’t ignore. Benny might be the one to help Zeke set aside his quest for revenge, if he’s willing to let go and forgive what he can’t forget… and give in to an unexpected kind of romance.
Excerpt from A Kind of Romance by Lane Hayes
“For fuck’s sake… all I’m asking is for you to play a part for one night. If you think about it, we should be getting good at this by now. Between our pretend dates and the half-dozen times you’ve randomly announced we’re boyfriends over the last few days, I’d say it’s practically believable.”
“So ask me nicely,” I insisted with a teasing grin.
He growled and clenched his teeth before adopting a faux syrupy tone. “Will you please attend my cousin’s wedding with me, Zeke?”
“I’d be honored.” I waited for him to look into my eyes before I continued. “But we should probably practice at this boyfriend thing. You know… to get in the mood.”
Benny snickered as he leaned into me. “What do you propose?”
“That’s it? Just a kiss?” He licked his lips and inched close enough that our knees bumped.
“For now… yes.”
I reached out and ran my thumb along his jawline. His normally smooth chin was scruffy. I’d always liked scruff on a guy. Especially in the morning. Just the brush of my cheek against Taylor’s used to make me hard. And as the differences flickered through my mind, I realized my attraction to Benny had nothing to do with having a “type.” Benny was nothing like Taylor. One man oozed testosterone, and the other had the faintest smudge of eyeliner under his lashes. Maybe it was a simple matter of liking him. Benny was… refreshing. He made me laugh, and he didn’t shy away from a fight.
I pulled him from his barstool so he stood between my thighs. Then I tilted his chin and licked his bottom lip before covering his mouth. The connection was light, but damn, it was perfect. Thoughts of writhing naked with him in my bed flooded my memory. Maybe it defied expectation, but it was hard to ignore the physical pull. We fit. Like a puzzle piece or a missing song lyric. I licked his lips in a request for entry and deepened the kiss. I let my hands roam over his shoulders and down his back before resting them on his pert ass. When we parted for air, I ran my fingers through his hair and pressed a chaste kiss on his forehead.
“So maybe we should go back to bed… to solidify the arrangement. You know, like a handshake.”
Benny snorted and pulled out of my arms. “Way to ruin a moment.”
“You’re not sorry. I know what you’re doing. You don’t want me to get the wrong idea, so your plan is to occasionally say offensive things to remind me why I’d be a complete idiot to think you’d be a candidate for a ‘real’ boyfriend. Am I correct?”
If I was completely honest, I’d conceded there was an element of truth in his statement, but I’d been around the block a couple of times. Admitting it wouldn’t ingratiate me to him. I gave him a smug grin instead and smacked his ass.
“Don’t be rude. I’m a gentleman.”
“I know your type, Zeke. And you, my friend, are no gentleman.”
Books by Lane Hayes (Dreamspinner Press)
Better Than Good
Better Than Chance
Better Than Friends
Better Than Safe
The Right Words
The Wrong Man & The Right Time
A Kind Of Truth
A Kind of Romance