Interview with Josh Lanyon 2012

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Every year it’s been a tradition for me to interview Josh Lanyon since I started my old blog in 2008. This year I will be talking to Josh for the 7th time (some years I managed to grab him more than once). :) It’s been a long time since we last saw Josh. He left a year ago on sabbatical but I think it was just an excuse to laze by the pool, drinking Irish coffees all day long and eyeing the pool boy. Now he’s back and I wonder what he learned on his version of a summer vacation. Let’s check in with the man himself.

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Hey Josh, welcome back. You’re looking all tanned and fit. Are those 8 packs I see peeking out from under that mesh shirt?

Those are goose bumps, Wave! It’s COLD here this time of year. I must say, you’re looking rather fetching, yourself. I’m not sure I approve of the way you’ve thrived in my absence! Do you have to look quite so glowing and happy?

I’m not going to ask you what it’s like to be back until I find out what you learned about yourself while you were away from this rat race. So pretend you’re on my couch and tell us the good, the bad and the really great things you found out.

There’s no place like home and if you can’t find happiness in your own backya—wait. Wrong interview.

So…good things that came out of sabbatical? Best thing of all is that I realized – quite early on – how much I love writing and that writing has to be a part of my life. I accept that I created my own problems with unrealistic deadlines and too many projects. The other really wonderful thing that came out of sabbatical is that, as of just about two months ago, I’m almost completely pain free. My wrists are just about healed – but I’m not missing the fact that it took nearly a year to get to this point, and I’m determined not to jeopardize my gains by going back to my old lousy habits.

Bad things? I don’t know if there was any bad part to sabbatical. I didn’t accomplish everything I set out to do (my office still looks like it was ransacked) but I did accomplish a lot. I saw my sales start to fall pretty drastically in the fourth quarter of the year, and I think this confirms my long held belief that the number one thing a writer can do to promote him or herself is continue to regularly write and publish quality work.

And as for the really great discoveries of sabbatical – I was finally able to spend serious time with family and friends. I’m ending my time off with a commitment to never again sacrifice time with people I love for building my career. Especially when the whole idea behind going to work for myself was the notion that I’d be living a more creative, healthy, and emotionally satisfying life!   

I make fun of your time spent having cocktails by the pool but seriously, were there times where you did absolutely nothing?  What did you enjoy best about being away for almost a year?

You know, because of the timing of this sabbatical, I had surprisingly little actual time off. I wasn’t writing, true, but I regained control of three quarters of my backlist, and that resulted in an enormous amount of time spent republishing that work. That meant commissioning new cover art, editing, and formatting – and then getting everything redistributed. I arranged for audio books and for foreign language translations. I spent a lot of time laying what I hope will be the foundations of a financially sound future.

But it wasn’t all work! I started getting regular massage. I gardened. I did a lot of reading, a lot of watching movies and documentaries, a lot of cooking and swimming and walking. A lot of just thinking. That probably sounds crazy, but I spent so much time working over the past few years that I had very little time to dream or plan or reflect. So just having time to think was amazing.

Your last signoff from this site was December 27, 2011. Was the sacrifice of taking a year off from writing worth it? Was it difficult to stop writing cold turkey, except for a few shorts?

It got financially costly at the end, no question. But to me that was money well spent. Cheaper than a heart attack or a nervous breakdown. But, yes, it was hard to stop writing cold turkey. It was hard to let go.

So what did you do the first few months? (I understand you didn’t start writing again until the second half of your sabbatical).

The first couple of months I did some outlining and jotting down story ideas. I missed the writing, and the stories continued to come to me, but the minute I would seriously consider getting back to work, I would feel instant anxiety. And for once in my life, I listened to what my body was telling me.

I believe you’re self publishing some of your books. Are you planning to do a lot of that now that a number of your titles have reverted to you?

There are publishers I would like to continue working with, and I probably will continue working with them, assuming they’re agreeable! But the majority of my work will be self-published now. I know my stuff, I know what’s entailed, and I know there are no shortcuts. The industry has changed so much, so rapidly – and will continue to do so – that I’ve become very leery of handing over rights to my work for any length of time. But I still think there’s value in working with publishers. Even for someone who’s been around a while.

Now that you’re back what are the projects that you didn’t finish which you will be re-starting? Are you writing any new books about my three favourite series?

Of course me being me, I’ve already overbooked next year. :-D BUT if I start to feel the pressure, I’ll rein in. In fact, I’ve already passed on a couple of projects I would have liked to do because I’ve built so much into 2013’s schedule.

The Boy With the Painful Tattoo, the third Holmes & Moriarity story, will be first up next year. And Kick Start, the fifth Dangerous Ground novella will be one of the last projects. And in between there will be appearances from other old friends.

What new projects do you have planned?

Ah. I do have some new stuff up my sleeve. Winter Kill is going to be a standalone thriller about an FBI agent who teams up with a small town sheriff to catch a serial killer. Stranger on the Shore is classic romantic suspense about a reporter investigating a long ago kidnapping.

So what are you going to do differently now? Do you have a plan for how your life and your writing schedules will change? In other words, will there be less new releases from you now? Your fans may have a problem with a change because I’m sure they missed having new book releases from you every two months and want you to make up for it.

I hope I’ve learned my lesson. I might be a slow learner though. I see I have eight projects tentatively scheduled for next year, including the revised version of Man Oh Man. Yikes! How did that happen?

I’m hoping to persuade you to come back to the site in your former capacity as Grand Poobah.  :grin: Randy, our randomizer, is quite prepared to offer a bribe because he’s sick of my complaints and moaning, so what’ll it take?

If you and your faithful readers can stand to listen to me blabbing on about the topics du jour, I’m more than happy to place that paper party hat on my head once more, Wave.  :grin:  

It’s great to have you back in the fold Josh.

Thank you, Wave. It’s good to be home.

Josh’s Contact Information

email: josh.lanyon@sbcglobal.net
http://www.joshlanyon.com/
http://joshlanyon.blogspot.com/

Twitter: @JoshLanyon

35 thoughts on “Interview with Josh Lanyon 2012

  1. Majken

    Welcome back :D
    You’ve been missed, but I’m happy to hear the sabbatical helped

    Looking forward to all those new books, just remember to keep taking care of yourself while you write them

  2. Jan

    A lovely interview, glad to see you coming back Josh, but as Majken says, look after yourself whilst you work.
    :smile:

  3. Sunne

    Wonderful interview and please just keep up with taking care of yourself. I’d rather get less Josh Lanyon books to read than none ;)

    *whipsers” …but I’m thrilled to hear that the third Holmes&Moriarity is next

  4. Tj

    All is right with the world again! :hurrah: Welcome back Josh! I’m so happy that your wrists are finally good again. That alone proves the worth of the sabbatical. Now if you can just stick to your new schedule! :wink:

    1. Josh Lanyon

      Thank you kindly, sir. :-) It feels good to be working again, that’s for sure. But I won’t push my luck. I don’t want to lose this pleasure in the work ever again.

    1. Wave Post author

      Well I did have to bribe you with your favourite liqueur, don’t forget. :lol:

      There’s no likelihood that your fans, me included, would ever forget you even if you took 2 years off Josh. Wait, forget I said that, I don’t want to give you any ideas. :eek:

      1. Josh Lanyon

        I find I’m struggling with the concept of now I’m back at work. It really is kooky because I love my work, I love my day job. But it’s still demanding, still hard work, there are still expectations to be met — pressure — so yeah, it is hard to let go of that free and easy sabbatical feeling.

        But the truth is, I kind of missed that pressure. :grin:

    1. Josh Lanyon

      Thank you so much for saying so! Audio was one of the biggest gambles of the year, but I love audio and I just trust that a lot of readers are going to eventually agree with me.

    1. Josh Lanyon

      Thank you, J9. (Hey! I know you! :smile:)

      I’m not kidding when I say I would not be at all surprised to be completely forgotten. There are so many new books, new authors…new things happening in our genre. I feel like I’ve been gone a decade rather than a year.

  5. Susan

    Hi Josh,

    As thrilled as I am to have you ‘officially’ back in tow, your remark about there being tentatively 8 projects scheduled for next year is a little worrisome. I think I speak for the majority when I say, a healthy Josh, writing fewer stories, is the way to go. None of us want you on sabbatical in 2014! The key phrase to keep repeating is – PACE YOURSELF.

    Welcome back. :)

    1. Josh Lanyon

      Thank you, Susan. I am going to be very careful moving forward. The massage therapy has made a huge difference — worth every penny — but I know it’s not magic and that the key is me learning to be smart and, yes, pace myself.

      I am listening. Really!

  6. rdafan7

    Great to have you back full time Josh! And glad you’re feeling better (both in spirits and wrist-wise).

    I did a lot of re-reading of my fav JL classics while you were out, (& “A Perfect Day” and “Heart Trouble”, loved both). I think you will find many new fans to your works when you get back full time…

    I am Excited about the upcoming stories and love the cover of the new Holmes & Moriarity!

    1. Josh Lanyon

      Oh! Thanks to LC Chase for that new H&M cover. Is that not gorgeous?

      Thank you for the kind words. It’s funny how much I missed writing — truly not a single day went by that I didn’t think about writing. I beginning to think my gravestone should just have three hash marks. :eek:

  7. Bogusia

    I’m so glad you are back ,and I agree with Susan :)we all want you to stay healthy and happy for you and for us of course! :)

    Best for you Josh

  8. JK Hogan

    Great to have you back Josh! I’m so excited about your new projects. You were the first m/m author I ever read and I can’t wait to read more. Take care of yourself and I hope we’ll be seeing you around twitter too!

    1. Josh Lanyon

      Thank you, JK! I’m excited about the new projects too, excited about talking books and publishing on this site, excited for the New Year. I think it’s going to be a great one for all of us!

  9. Rhys Ford

    Hello love!

    Finally able to get logged into today and drop by to read up on your plate. *peers in* You watch those wrists, mister. :D

    Did you ever get the garage done? Or did you finally decide a bonfire wasn’t a bad way to go?

  10. Shelley

    Great to hear that you are back Josh. Your ‘Adrien English’ books were the first m/m books I ever read and I have loved your writing ever since!
    Can’t wait to for the release of ‘The Boy With The Painful Tattoo’.

    Take care of yourself – having fewer new releases from you each year is much more preferrable to having no new releases! You’ve definitely NOT been forgotten

  11. thelastaerie

    Both Winter Kill and Stranger on the Shore sound really good! While I’m happy to revisit old friends, it’s always exciting to look forward to your new projects!

  12. Naaju Rorrete

    Hey, Josh! :wave:
    It’s great to have you back.
    The new books sound amazing.
    The ones that intrigue me the most are, The Boy With The Painful Tattoo and Winter Kill.
    Can we get more details about them? (without spoilers, of course)
    Yes, I know teasers are achy, but I can’t wait to know a little bit more. It could be an early Christmas gift, like a release date, blur, etc. Anything would do.
    BTW – I love those covers!
    Thanks.

  13. sfrizell

    I’m glad to hear you’re almost pain free! :happydance:

    Welcome back, good luck with your endeavors, and don’t kill yourself to meet self-imposed deadlines! As you inferred, it’s better than a heart attack and/or a nervous breakdown. :my2cents:

  14. Nikki

    A little late here but so glad to hear of the new releases in the horizon. I have really miss a new “long” story from you Josh!

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