Interview with romance author Tani Hanes

Today’s special guest is new adult romance author Tani Hanes. We’re chatting a little bit about
her new novel, Living in the Shallows.

During her virtual book tour, Tani will be awarding a $50
Amazon or Barnes and Noble (winner’s choice) gift card to a lucky randomly
drawn winner. To be entered for a chance to win, use the form below. To increase your chances of winning, feel free
to visit
her other tour stops
and enter there, too!

Also: Living in the Shallows is $0.99 during Tani’s book tour.

Welcome, Tani. Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Tani
Hanes, and I am a 51-year-old substitute teacher. I’m from central California
and am a recent transplant to New York City. The most important things to know
about me are that I’m punctual, I love grammar and sushi, and I’m very
intolerant of intolerance. The least important things to know about me are that
I like to knit and I couldn’t spell “acoustic” for 40 years. I’ve
wanted to write since I was ten, and I finally did it. If you want to write,
don’t wait as long as I did, it’s pointless, and very frustrating!
Please share a little
bit about your current release.
It’s called
Living in the Shallows, and it’s about a young girl who’s spent most of
her life in a kind of self-imposed seclusion, due to her family situation and
upbringing. She was raised by a single mother expatriate from Japan, and just
studied music and swam. Then her mother died, and she was really alone, which
only isolated her more.

She needs
money, and her professor, knowing she’s bilingual, gets her a job as an
interpreter in Japan, and she meets the boys in the band, who are like no
people she’s ever met before. And that’s where the book begins, where things
start to happen.

What inspired you to write this book?
I’m a substitute
teacher, in a very small district, so I got to know my students very well, and
vice versa; I was able to watch them grow, year after year, which is something
most regular teachers don’t get to do, so we were really close.

And they
talked to me a lot about a certain boyband what was going on hiatus, and how
sad they were about it. I happened to be a fan of this band also (I’m old, not
dead!), and I thought maybe I could write something that would make us all feel
better, tide us over, maybe, until they were together again. And some of the
cracks between these boys were beginning to show, so in my books (this is the
first of SEVEN, all completed, though the last four are in word vomit form
still), I erased those cracks, made the stories about boys who really loved
each other. And of course, loved the heroine, very much.

Excerpt from Living in
the Shallows

“No, don’t do
that, little one, not yet.”

fell, right?” I asked. “Teddy came in, he was drunk, he said—he said
some things, you got mad at him—” I looked up at Gethin, “Matty hit
him, then I ran over to them and tripped and hit my head on the edge of the
Matty exploded. “Tinker Bell, Theo hit you! He was aiming for me, I mean,
I assume he was aiming for me—” this with another glare at Teddy,
“but he took a swing as he was going down and he hit you in the face,
bloodied your fucking nose!”
Matthew, of course I was aiming for you!” Teddy shouted. “Why would I
want to hit her? You’d just clocked me in the face! She just got in between us
at the wrong moment, and I was going down at the time, that’s why I swung so
low! Don’t you think I’d cut my own arm off before I’d hit her?”
I think he hit me in the jaw,” I said, again reaching for my face.
“Could you take a look?” Geth leaned in, turning my head gently so he
could see.
Christ, she has a cut, just under her ear, along her jawline, a pretty deep
one, too,” he said, horrified. “Guess we didn’t notice it with all
the blood from her nose, but this looks awful.” He turned and looked at
Teddy, and his silence was worse than any words he could have spoken.
wrong with you?” asked Ronan tearfully to Teddy.

What exciting story are you working on next?

Well, as I
said, I wrote seven of these guys, this UK Crush series, so I’m still neck-deep
in rewriting and editing them! I haven’t thought much about what will come
after, to be honest. Although I did have an amazing grandma. She was born in
the early 1900s in Japan, and her life was like a movie. I heard so much about
how she grew up that, even though she’s gone, I could write something. I have a
few blurbs sitting around about her, and that would be a wonderful next
project. My heroine (in Living in the Shallows) Birdie’s love of flowers
comes straight from my grandma. I consider myself bilingual as far as Japanese,
but my horticultural vocabulary is pretty extensive, and it’s all from my obachan,
my mother’s mother.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Wow, I don’t
know that I would, even now. It’s a powerful word, a loaded word, a word I
associate with publishers and fame and all that. I’d say that I first started trying
to become
a writer last year, how’s that? And I’m still trying, because I’ve
wanted to for so long. If anyone who’s reading this wants to write, just do it.
Now. If you can only do it at night, after work, after your kids are sleeping,
after you’ve finished your long-haul truck driving job, whatever, make time and
get to it.

Do you write full-time? If so, what’s your work day like? If
not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?

I’m so, so
lucky, because I’m married to one of the smartest people in the universe, and
he earns enough money for me to write full-time. We recently moved to New York
City so he could start an amazing new job, and I’ve left substitute teaching
behind for now, to do this.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I can solve
the Rubik’s Cube, that’s pretty quirky. And I learned how with a notebook and a
pencil, before the internet, so that kind of borders on crazy, I think.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Haha, many
things! But I remember wanting to be a nun! I wasn’t and am not Catholic; my
knowledge of what nuns did came from The Sound of Music. I thought I’d
get to live in the Alps, polish beautiful wooden furniture, and sing, all day
long. I had no idea what nuns really did, or, um, *didn’t* do lol.

Anything additional you want to share with the readers?

this book, these books, has been the best, most fun thing I’ve done in a long
time. I love these boys and this girl with all my heart. It’s obviously not
Nabokov (the pinnacle of great writing, as far as I’m concerned), but I hope
you can get to know them and love them, that’s the only reason they exist!

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23 thoughts on “Interview with romance author Tani Hanes

  1. Melinda Campbell says:

    You can solve a Rubik's cube? How long does it take you? Super impressive, a friend of mine could solve one. It would take him about 15 minutes each go. I was always in awe. Anyway, congrats on the new release, looking forward to checking it out!

  2. Tani Hanes says:

    The Rubik's cube takes me a few minutes, depending on how it's messed up. I'm not one of those speed people, and apparently my technique's old-school: I use my whole hand and turn the cube this way and that. The modern solvers do this cool thing with their fingers, it's pretty amazing! I used to carry one, thinking my younger students would get a kick out of watching me solve it, but it turned out that the older kids loved it too lol!

  3. Bernie Wallace says:

    What books are you looking forward to reading this year? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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