While daylighting as office manager for the family auto repair business, G.R. Lyons can often be found working on one of multiple manuscripts or desperately trying to keep up with the TBR pile. Anarcho-capitalist, quietly ‘out’ trans guy, former belly dancer, coffee guzzler, highly-sensitive introvert, CrossFit enthusiast, and lover of m/m romantic fiction.
How long have you been writing? What inspired you to start writing?
I started writing in 2009, and it caught me completely by surprise. I was always the math kid, and never in a million years would have guessed that I’d wind up writing for fun, let alone a potential career. In April 2009, I was coming to terms with repressed memories of having been raped, and one night I broke down and wrote out the most vivid rape memory I had, just to get it out of my head. The next day, it became a story. Three weeks later, I had a completed novel on my computer and two sequels in my head. From there, it was just one story idea after another, and I currently have self-published 11 of 30 planned novels.
Tell us something about your work in progress. What is it about?
It should be the sixth book in my Shifting Isles series, but I’ve been stuck on that one, so I’m instead working on another set of m/m romances, The Lost Boys Trilogy: Ice on Fire (a sheltered young man who is brought out of his shell by his complete opposite), Heavens Aground (a shipwrecked youth who is finally found and discovers love), and Illumined Shadows (a kidnapped and abused boy who is rescued and has to learn what it means to finally live free).
Describe your writing space.
Most of the time, it’s my desk at the day job. I work six tens most weeks, but working for the family means I can get away with working on my novels when I’m caught up on everything else. After a long day of that, I usually don’t get much writing done at my desk at home, though I do finally have the spare bedroom cleaned out and furnished strictly as an office. On weekends, I tend to get a lot of writing done over a second breakfast of strawberry and cream cheese French toast at my favorite mom-n-pop restaurant.
What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book(s)?
Myself. It still surprises me, with each new book, how much I learn about myself through my writing. The usual comeback to this is: “Yeah, but you wrote it, so how did you not know [such and such thing]?” Sometimes, all that buried stuff comes out when you least expect it. It’s been an incredibly helpful healing and learning tool, purely by accident.
Which is your favorite of your own stories?
That’s a tough one. I usually say it’s Return to Tanas (Shifting Isles, Book 3) because the whole story came together so perfectly in my mind that I pretty much wrote the whole thing in three weeks, and the ending gets me choked up every time. Then again, the Matchmakers trilogy, my first official foray into m/m Fiction, is also very much a favorite, because it was the first time I allowed myself to embrace my identity (as a trans man, I consider myself gay) and write what I really longed to write. Discovering m/m Fiction was such a delight, and now it’s all I read, so it’s definitely having a huge influence on what I want to write.
What do you consider to be your biggest achievement?
Taking that first step to getting self-published. Thankfully, I had a lot of encouragement from author Lisa Clark O’Neill. She was able to help me get past my worries and fears of rejection and go after the dream of seeing my books in print. I finally have a real passion for something, which I never had before I started writing, and feel like I have a purpose in life.
The complete Matchmakers Trilogy in one volume!
Nineteen-year-old porn star Remy Dawes loves his job at Matchmakers, a gay nightclub, but the fantasy he portrays every night doesn’t leave room for what he really wants: companionship, love, someone to come home to, someone just for him. Who would ever take seriously a kid who practically sells his body for others’ pleasure?
Thirty-five-year-old Chance Whitaker has sworn off dating younger men after having been cheated on one too many times, until the owner of Matchmakers convinces him to take a chance on Remy Dawes, a gorgeous kid who surprises Chance at every turn.
As things fall apart through meddling, death, and betrayal, will there be a second chance for two people to find love?
Novelist Shain Ahren is committed to only one thing: himself. Living alone and having an endless string of one-night stands, Shain’s carefully crafted routine ensures no one will ever control him again. But one trick he met at Matchmakers, years ago, he can’t get out of his head.
Painter Elliden Crawford yearns to be controlled. Born with an extreme chemical imbalance, Elliden struggles to keep the fits at bay so he won’t be a danger to others. Only once in his life did Elliden ever truly feel safe, just one night when he met a stranger at Matchmakers.
When Matchmakers brings them together again, Elliden finally gets what he needs, while Shain’s world is thrown into complete disarray. Will Shain ever relinquish control, or will they be fated to remain a discarded first draft?
Danny Berringer lives up to the name of his nightclub. Ever since he cheated on Bryan, the love of his life, he’s been making up for it by helping others find love. He even matched up Bryan with Eric Grant, except Bryan’s perfect marriage seems to have fallen apart, and Danny is dying to know why. He doesn’t get couples wrong. Ever.
Bryan Landry had his heart broken by Danny, then had it put back together by Eric, but he can’t have Eric anymore, and it’s all his fault. He spends his nights at Matchmakers having random tricks and trying to avoid Danny, but the meddlesome matchmaker won’t leave him be.
Thrown together through guilt, death, and temptation, Bryan denies his feelings while Danny clings to dreams of Bryan’s forgiveness. Will Danny always lose, or can he win second place in Bryan’s heart?
The books can be purchased separately, or in one combined volume at a discounted price.
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