Lynley Wayne stops by to discuss LAMBDA Literary and Rocky’s Road with Giveaway!

I would like to thank Lynley Wayne for taking the time to talk to us about her Lambda Literary nomination and Rocky’s Road .  Check out Beverley’s review Rocky’s Road.   There is also a giveaway, so stay tuned for that.

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Interview

You were recently nominated for a LAMBDA Literary award for Rocky’s Road.  What can you tell us about it?

Well, first off, I had no intention of entering this year. I figured in a few years, once I had a few more books under my belt, once I had honed my craft a little more, once people actually knew who I was, then maybe I’d enter. However, my friend Sarah had other ideas. (I should probably mention that I have the best friends in the universe.) My birthday is in November and it was a few weeks before when I had mentioned the LAMBDA Literary Awards to Sarah in passing. I don’t recall the exact conversation, just something along the lines of one day I’d like to enter. Fast forward a little over a week and I get a birthday card in the mail. Inside the card is the money for the entry fee along with a note saying, “After much debate with myself I have decided not to send you a gift, but instead send you the money to enter Rocky’s Road into the Lambda Literary Awards. I have faith in you and your writing. Now go show the world how great you are! Lots of Love, Sarah”

How did you feel about being a LAMBDA finalist?

I was honored, of course, and completely shocked. When I saw it I looked hubby and said, “I think there’s been some kind of mistake.” I never expected to actually make it past the first round. Not once I saw the list of writers I was up against. So, yeah, surprised doesn’t even begin to cover it.

BDSM why did you decide to make Landon a Dom?

I didn’t. Not really. It wasn’t like I said, “Hey, I know. Let’s make Landon a Dom. That’ll be fun.” I honestly had no clue when I started the book. It wasn’t until page twenty-four, when they first kiss and Landon said, “Look at me. Keep your eyes on me. You can say, ‘No.’ You hold the power here.” that I was like, well okay then. I’m a pantser, which means I’m just as surprised by what happens as the readers are. I have no clue what’s going to happen most of the time. If I think I know what’s going to happen, odds are it changes. With that one line I suddenly saw Landon in a whole new light. The first draft was riddled with holes and things like, {add BDSM stuff here}, because I really didn’t know much about BDSM at the time. So after I had a finished first draft I spent the next month or so learning all I could about the BDSM community. I found a forum for people who enjoy the lifestyle, so I joined and started asking questions. Then I took what I learned and I did my best to apply it to Rocky and Landon’s story.

If you take the BDSM away, you still have a story about two men who love one another. One who is unsure and suffers from self-doubt. The other who is confident and caring and who wants to take care of those he loves. They just enjoy a bit of kink.

Would you consider doing a prequel as Nathaniel was such a lovely character but his backstory would make a great introduction to ‘Scars’?

You know, I’ve never really thought about it before. I wouldn’t be opposed to writing a prequel. I’ll have to keep that in mind. Maybe I can offer it as a free read. We’ll have to see. **jots down notes**

What book do you keep by your bed?

There really isn’t one. I always take my kindle to bed with me, whether I read before I go to sleep or not. I also keep a notebook next to the bed so I can jot down any story ideas, scenes, or really anything that pops in my head I may want to use later.

What part of a new story comes to you first? Characters? Plot? A scene? A theme? Or does it vary from book to book?

It varies. With Scars I had the character of Jace in my head for a while before I actually sat down and wrote his story. With Rocky’s Road, I already knew Landon and Rocky would end up together by the time I finished Scars. With A Life Interrupted, I had the story idea before I even knew the characters names. I don’t really have a set method. Although it would probably be a lot easier if I did.

What do you think is the most rewarding thing about writing M/M versus other genres?

Knowing I have some part, no matter how small, in bringing awareness to the LGBTQ community. If even one person reads one of my books and it makes them stop and think the next time gay rights are mentioned, or it makes them stand up the next time someone makes a gay joke or uses a slur, then I’ve accomplished what I set out to do.

I’ve had people tell me, “I’m not homophobic. I’m not a bigot, but I also never really thought about the inequality of rights for the LGBTQ community. It’s not that I don’t care, it’s just that I don’t know anyone who is LGBTQ.” Which may be true for a lot of people. If it doesn’t affect you or someone you know, then it might not be “real” to you. Reading about LGBTQ characters and realizing that above all things they are human, can make it “real”.

At least that is my belief. I have close friends and family who fall somewhere in the LGBTQ spectrum and this is my way of trying to make things better for them. Change happens when the silent speak and the deaf begin to listen. It happens with small actions. Choosing this genre is my small action.

What do you write besides M/M?  How can readers find your other works?

I also write sci-fi/fantasy. I’m not currently published in that genre, but I’m working toward that goal. I’m hoping to have one book ready to submit by the end of this year. If/When those are published they will be under another pen name.

What are you working on now? What is next?

At the moment I’m working on Seth’s book, tentatively titled, Facing Demons. Seth is a character who was introduced in Rocky’s Road. His HEA is Cameron. Cam was also mentioned in Rocky’s Road but not by name. He was the unnamed friend Landon mentions when he’s talking about going to the BDSM club as a teenager. This book spans a thirteen-year period and will be closer in length to Scars.  Once I’m done with this book then I will be working on the sequel to A Life Interrupted. After that, I have one other project planned, but I’m not ready to talk about it yet.

Where can readers find more about you on the web? 

They can find me on my website of course, www.lynleywayne.com I update my website at least once a week and occasionally I actually blog. 🙂

I’m also on Facebook, where I have a regular page and an Author Page, I’m on Twitter and Goodreads.

From the Publisher:

How can you find yourself when you don’t know where to start?

For Rocky, the move from Indiana to Maryland isn’t half as daunting as the prospect of finally taking the time to explore his sexuality.  Luckily for him, Rocky has his brother’s best friend for a guide…

Landon had all but given up on finding someone to spend his life with. Hope sparks in his chest when he meets Rocky, whose naturally submissive nature perfectly complements Landon’s dominance. As Landon introduces Rocky to the world of BDSM, the two men learn that sometimes you have to traverse a rocky road to find your way to happiness.

Buy Links:

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Giveaway

Lynley Wayne has kindly offered a eBook copy of Rocky’s Road to 1 lucky commenter.  

Contest ends 30 March @ 11:59pm CST.  Must be 18 or older to win.  Void where prohibited.

 

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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14 thoughts on “Lynley Wayne stops by to discuss LAMBDA Literary and Rocky’s Road with Giveaway!

  1. BDSM is my current favorite theme in MM books! I love reading what practices different authors include into a couple’s dynamic.

  2. cngratulations Lynley you totally deserve the nomination… I’ve read Scars and really enjoyed… thanks for this chance

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