Josh Lanyon


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.

Smashwords Interview

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I wake up excited and eager to get to work. I'm always curious and interested about what the day is going to bring. Every day is different. My favorite thing is writing, which is probably not a surprise. But I also enjoy reading and researching the next project; I'm fascinated by art, archeology, history, name it. I enjoy interacting with readers. I even love the challenge and complications of trying to be a business entrepreneur in such a competitive industry.
How do you approach cover design?
One of the best parts of publishing my own work is getting to control things like cover art. I LOVE cover art. I think it is enormously important to the success of a book. Probably more important if the author is unknown, but even if the author is a known quantity, a good cover matters.

A bad cover — by which I mean a clumsy, inept effort -- sends the message that this is the work of an amateur. Probably not worth your time or .99 cents. It never ceases to amaze me how many authors think their first attempt at using photo shop will be good enough for their treasured novel. These are people who forget that so much of our response to art — including a book cover — is instinctive and unconscious.

Even a competent cover that just doesn’t work for reasons that are entirely subjective can actually delay our purchase of a book we plan on buying.

Most covers are generic. The ubiquitous two male torsos locked in embrace is so generic as to be invisible. They do no harm, but they do no good. They are simply code for the content within. They advertise that the publisher or author cared enough to purchase a real cover. And that’s about it. Still, that’s something.

But a great cover? A cover that catches your eye and makes you wonder about the story between the pages? A cover that piques your curiosity, starts your imagination? That’s what we all want and hope for when we open that first cover concept file. More than an actual illustration of a scene from the book, we’re usually looking for something that captures the spirit, the mood, the theme, the tone.
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Where to buy in print


Everything I Know
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 28,090. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2014. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Everything Kindergarten teacher Connor Myers thought he knew about himself and his world is now in doubt. But sometimes help comes from the most unexpected direction.
Merry Christmas, Darling (Holiday Codas)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,630. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2013. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
In 2012 I began a holiday tradition of writing Christmas codas for some of my — and your — favorite stories. Happiest of Holidays to you all. May this season be filled with love and laughter, and may the New Year bring you health and happiness.
Sweet Spot The Petit Mort Stories
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 75,620. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2013. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
For less than a dollar apiece... Five dark and delicious novelettes written for the Petit Mort series. The stories include Slings and Arrows, Other People’s Weddings, Sort of Stranger Than Fiction, Critic’s Choice, and Just Dessert.
In Plain Sight
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,510. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2013. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Nash didn't believe in love until it was too late. Now he's looking for reasons, for answers, for meaning. Sometimes the truth is right in front of you the whole time.
Man Oh Man! Writing Quality M/M Fiction
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 131,330. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
So, why this book? Why not one of the other "How to Write..." titles? Because everything in Man, Oh Man is geared to the M/M market and the M/M writer, to you and the genre that you love, whether you're an aspiring writer or you're already published. Lambda Award finalist Josh Lanyon takes you step-by-step through the writing process.
This Rough Magic
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 46,090. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Wealthy playboy Brett Sheridan thinks he knows the score when he hires tough guy private eye Neil Patrick Rafferty to find a priceless stolen folio of Shakespeare's The Tempest.
Heart Trouble
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,530. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2012. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Stress kills. So does loneliness. A very short, very sweet story by Josh Lanyon.
Perfect Day
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,150. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2012. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Wyatt loves Grahaem. Grahaem is still in love with Jase. But things could be worse. They could be camping. Oh.
Dangerous Ground
Series: Dangerous Ground, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 30,260. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2012. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Special Agents for the Department of Diplomatic Security, Taylor MacAllister and Will Brandt have been partners and best friends for three years, but everything changed the night Taylor admitted the truth about his feelings for Will. But it's complicated...
The French Have a Word for It
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,460. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
It's been ten years since Colin Lambert last saw Thomas Sullivan, his former bodyguard. Now Colin's all grown up and Thomas is in Paris for one evening. A sweet short story about second chances.

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