Trina Lane stopping by today with her new release Shards in the Sun from Pride Publishing
First of all, thank you for taking time out of your busy day to stop by for a visit.
I was told for today’s post that I could write about anything, and I have to wonder if the powers that be at Divine Magazine have thought that through completely. Giving authors of erotic romance carte blanche to discuss anything in our minds could be very dangerous. LOL. So what do we want to talk about? One of the things I’m often asked about is where the inspiration for my books comes from. There really is no simple answer to that question.
If you’ve read any of my previous books you may have noticed that the location of the book can often play out as a separate character. Take my Perfect Love Series for instance. The series takes place in Boston, Massachusetts. One of the best compliments I ever got was from a person who said she’d been impressed with how alive I’d made the city and where I lived in Boston. I of course said thank you so very much and that I lived in Missouri. Making the streets and neighborhoods of Boston an integral part of the story was important to me because for those who live there pride in their city and its heritage is part of who they are. When I was writing Turkish Delights I spent hundreds of hours researching the city of Istanbul and its history. Placing a story in a foreign country and writing characters who were not American it was really important to me to make their life as authentic as possible. The other major aspect to Turkish Delights was the construction of a luxury boutique hotel. So in addition to the city the building played a major part of how the relationship between my sexy Brit, Frenchmen, and Turk developed. But it’s not always where I place my stories. Sometimes it’s the conflict itself that inspires how a story will move.
Now I’ve yet to write any political thrillers, but I’ve been known to torture my characters a little bit. Take for instance my Phantom River Series. While each book is designed to be read as a standalone, they do share a common thread. Throughout the series there is an antagonist that is either directly or indirectly affecting the characters’ lives. Sometimes this meant the characters were gearing up for confrontation, and others they were trying to mentally and physically heal from the aftermath of the experiences. This series also allowed me to explore what may be possible in the near future when shifter finally reveal themselves to us ordinary humans. Most recently I completed my first western theme story Shards in the Sun, but the book itself was not inspired by its genre.
It was actually a chance meeting with a young man that made the plot bunnies start multiplying until I found myself submitting nearly a 100,000 word story. So what was it about this person that was so inspirational? Well lots of things really, but ultimately all I really need to say is that he’s someone I’m proud to know. But Shards is not a biography. While my inspiration was always in the back of my mind the characters and their backstories are all their own. The heart of the book is the two men and their desire to build a life together despite being very different people. It’s not always smooth sailing, but what do you expect when you have two confident, which might be another word for headstrong, independent men. Being a character driven story it was very important to me to show how each of these men grow both as individuals and as a couple. And even in those moments were the sun doesn’t shine as bright their love for each other is never in question.
I know that authors always say how much we love our books, and that is certainly true. As a reader I may spend a few hours immersing myself in whatever world lies between the pages of a book, but as an author I often dedicate a year, or sometimes more, building, renovating, and cleaning that world to the best of my abilities to give readers those moments. So for me say that I love this book means something special and I hope that the readers can feel that too.
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Reading,
Brandon Blackstun has spent the last decade moving on from the hellish halls of high school. With an invitation to his reunion in hand, he plans to show his former classmates that not only did the repeated occurrences of being slammed into lockers not cause brain damage, but he’s now a successful cover artist for the very books they buy off the shelves.
Tyler Synder was determined not to follow in his father’s footsteps as head of the international corporation that bears the family name. Instead, his heart is tied to the beat of his horses’ thundering hooves. He operates a breeding program for Tennessee Walkers and a guest ranch a couple of hours from the urban luxury of Dallas where he was raised.
The two men might live very different lives, but the heat between them is hotter than any Texas sun. With the help—or meddling—of an unlikely pair of friends, the two explore a relationship that stirs something deep inside them. Distance and misunderstandings force Tyler and Brandon to consider whether the fulfillment they’ve experienced in each other’s arms is worth the sacrifice of the lives they’ve built individually.
Texas may be the second biggest state in the union, but is it large enough to embrace the love between these two men, or will their deeply hidden fears shatter the boundaries of their hearts?
About Trina Lane
If you look up the word conundrum in the dictionary, there should be a photo of Trina Lane. Her personality is so multifaceted that her friends have spent countless hours scratching their heads in wonder. A scientist with a passion for history, music and photography she loves to travel and experience new places but is terminally shy around people she doesn’t know.
Trina has been devouring romance novels since her tender teenage years, although only began writing in 2007. When her debut novel was met with resounding success, she said “Hey I can do that again”. The rest as they say is history.
Her choices in reading and writing material are as diverse as her iTunes library, which contains music from Mozart to Metallica. Her one concession is all stories must have a happily ever after ending-did we mention she’s incurably romantic?