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Title: In Darkest Peru
Author: Louise Lyons
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Shy and geeky Rhys White, has recently been ditched by his boyfriend of five years. On top of that he’s been made redundant from his job as a computer programmer.
Tired of being boring and unadventurous, he throws caution to the winds and buys a plane ticket to Peru.
Rhys’ adventure in Peru starts out well, but then disaster strikes. All of his belongings are stolen. Everything is gone—passport, wallet, phone, clothing, the lot.
Stranded in Cuzco, not too far from the famous Machu Picchu, Rhys tries to find someone to help him. He’s about to give up, when a sexy Brazilian named Rafael, comes to his rescue…
1. We are here today to talk about In Darkest Peru. What can you tell us about it?
The story is about being alone and lost in another country, far from home. Rhys is unlucky enough to have his bag stolen from a bus on which he is traveling, which he foolishly left his wallet and passport inside. He’s filled with despair and has no idea where to turn for help─until a car almost runs him over. He trips and lands in the dust, and when he looks up, a gorgeous man with deep brown eyes is bending over him and offering to help him up. Rhys’s bad luck takes a turn for the better and he realizes his trip isn’t going to be the complete disaster he thought it was.
2. Tell us more about Rhys and Rafael?
Rhys is the typical geeky computer programmer. He’s 25 years old and hasn’t had much excitement in his life. His boyfriend of 5 years has cheated on him and ditched him, and he’s been made redundant from his job. He hasn’t got much confidence in himself, but he decides to step outside his comfort zone with his trip to Peru. His adventures there, especially after he meets Rafael, help him become a stronger person and when he returns home, he’s determined to make more of his life.
Rafael is from a small village in Brazil─a village where being gay is frowned upon. Rafael has left to avoid bringing shame on his family and has spent some time traveling through parts of South America looking for work. When Rhys meets him, he has a tiny studio apartment in Cuzco, Peru, and is attempting to become a hikers’ guide for the Inca Trail. Rafael is younger than Rhys, but much more confident with men. He helps Rhys find himself and Rhys in turn, helps Rafael secure the work he wants, by giving him references.
3. What about In Darkest Peru makes you the most proud?
I think, the fact that it portrays a character who lacks confidence and struggles to cope with one thing after another going wrong, but eventually he rises above it and realizes he can be the kind of person he really wants to be, and goes for it. In a way, that has similarities to myself and it makes me happy that it’s a story people want to read.
4. If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?
Read, read and read some more. This is something I’ve been told and I’ve spent the last year doing exactly that. It’s invaluable and you learn a lot. I like to explore the difference in people’s writing styles; how they portray their characters; how they write dialogue and get their characters’ points of view across. Reading the work of others is a huge help to improving your own writing─I learn a little more every time I open a new book.
5. What is the nicest thing a reader has said to you in a review, email, in person, or on social media?
I think it was probably a review on Fan Fiction, which is where I started out with my writing (at least in the public eye). A couple of people told me what I’d written was great and that I should get serious and try to get published. It was my faithful readers in that forum which encouraged me to submit to a publisher, and without their words I wouldn’t have dipped my toe in the water.
6. How do you keep characters consistent through a story? Do you write out extensive character bibles?
I begin by writing a basic physical description and bio for each character and then as things happen to them, I add these to a timeline for them. Quite often the characters develop their own personalities as time goes on, and stay consistent naturally. I do my best to step right into my MCs’ shoes when I’m writing, so I can see their point of view and express their feelings.
7. What are you reading right now and what is next on your to-be-read list?
I literally just finished “Flavours of our Life” by M. C. Rayne, which is a beautiful story and a real tugger at the heart strings. I have just had a bit of a shopping spree and stuffed my Kindle with 19 new books in preparation for going abroad. The next one I start will be either “Hidden Needs” by Havan Fellows, or “A Darker Shade of Oxford Blue” by Lily G Blunt, two of my favourite authors.
8. Rapid Fire Time
- Sausage or Hamburger? Sausage
- Porsche or Prius? Porsche
- Vodka or Tequila? Tequila
- Red or White? White
- Love Story or Thriller? Love Story
- Vanilla or Chocolate? Chocolate
- Underwear and socks: folded in the drawer or tossed? Underwear tossed, socks rolled neatly in pairs!
- Music or TV/Movies? Movies
9. What are you working on? What is next?
I’m currently working on my first sci-fi romance. As yet it’s untitled, but I can tell you it’s set 400 years in the future in another galaxy. My main character, Kim, is a “genetically modified human” species called a regenerate, the first of his kind. In their experimental stages, this species weren’t as much a success as their creators hoped and Kim was the only survivor of his “batch”. He has always been made to feel a failure and is convinced he must go through life alone. Until he meets Novak, a successful regenerate, with whom he forms an instant attraction. But one of the characteristics of their “species” is to be unemotional, so their chances of a future together seem very slim.
I also have two other novels in the pipeline, which are contracted and awaiting editing. “The Eye of the Beholder” is a supernatural romance about a young man, Vince, who is obsessed with beauty and has never taken the time to get to know anyone who doesn’t look perfect. He is selfish and self-centred, until he’s made to look at himself in a new light, and realize beauty really isn’t everything. In a mission to find love, he finds a lonely vampire, Peter, who doesn’t care about looks, but only wants someone to love him. The pair form an unlikely partnership, although neither one realizes at first that they’re being used in different ways.
And “Beyond the Scars” is the story of Tommy, a young man who has escaped from a 3-year abusive relationship. He discovers that walking out the door isn’t the end of his torment and not only does he keep looking over his shoulder, but he finds himself so desperate for love and attention, that he goes about looking for it in all the wrong ways. When he eventually gets badly hurt, he takes a good look at himself and with the help of a friend and a colleague, he makes some changes and stops looking, until love comes looking for him.
About the Author:
Louise Lyons comes from a family of writers. Her mother has a number of poems published in poetry anthologies, her aunt wrote poems for the Church, and her grandmother sparked her inspiration with tales of fantasy. Louise first ventured into writing short stories at the grand old age of eight, mostly about little girls and ponies. She branched into romance in her teens, and MM romance a few years later, but none of her work saw the light of day until she discovered Fan Fiction in her late twenties.
Posting stories based on some of her favorite movies, provoked a surprisingly positive response from readers. This gave Louise the confidence to submit some of her work to publishers, and made her take her writing “hobby” more seriously.
Louise lives in the UK, about an hour north of London, with a mad Dobermann, and a collection of tropical fish and tarantulas. She works in the insurance industry by day, and spends every spare minute writing. She is a keen horse-rider, and loves to run long distance. Some of her best writing inspiration comes to her, when her feet are pounding the open road. She often races into the house afterward, and grabs pen and paper to make notes.
Louise has always been a bit of a tomboy, and one of her other great loves is cars and motorcycles. Her car and bike are her pride and joy, and she loves to exhibit the car at shows, and take off for long days out on the bike, with no one for company but herself.
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