Zane Riley’s Go Your Own Way
I’m super happy to have Zane Riley joining me today. I’ve been over the top excited to read his book Go Your Own Way. First of all the cover is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. Plus the blurb makes me want to run out and buy it right now. Of course the excerpt is just enough of a tease to make me want more. Read all about the book here along with the interview. At the very bottom, enter for a chance to win an Interlude Press gift card.
Amanda C. Stone: Good morning Zane! So glad you could join me today!
Zane Riley: Hello and thanks for having me! It’s wonderful to be here.
ACS: Anyone can buy the rights to name a star. What would you name a star bought for you?
ZR: I would probably name it Jedi. I’ve always loved the stars and learning about space, and when I was little I thought the stars in the sky were the same as the crystals Jedi use in their lightsabers. I thought it was even truer when we began learning about the different kinds of stars and how they give off different light and colors. It all made sense when I was a kid, but now I know otherwise.
ACS: I see no reason to believe lightsabers don’t use stars as crystals. I think it’s a fabulous theory. You are on a deserted island and can have only one book with you. What book would it be?
ZR: Right now, I’m going to say Ready Player One. I started a book club with my best group of friends because we’re all beginning to move away and want to keep in touch, and that is our first book. Two of them recommended it with a lot of detail and enthusiasm, and I really need to get busy reading it before our group Skype meeting.
ACS: OH! I really like your idea about a book club with friends on Skype chat. I may just borrow that idea. You’re going to a naughty costume party, what do you go as?
ZR: Oh gosh, I have no idea. A naughty wizard perhaps, with something sexy under my robes who wanders around and makes a lot of silly innuendos about my wand.
ACS: Is that a wand in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? KIDDING! KIDDING! Do you have a library card and know where it is?
ZR: I do! It’s on my key ring with my house and car keys. My local library gives a regular sized card but they’ve started giving out little key ring ones, too, and it’s very useful. Never leave home without it!
ACS: I love having my library cards on my keychain. Last question! If you could snap your fingers and have an invention to do anything you want, what would you want it to do?
ZR: I’d want it to cook me amazing food all the time. I love to try new foods and I will give anything a shot once, but I almost never have the time to eat it or the money to buy the ingredients or go to a restaurant that serves it. Having an invention that could start making food and have it ready when I get home from work late at night would be fantastic.
ACS: I fully approve of this invention. Something that will make wonderful meals without the hassle is something that would get plenty of use in my household. Thank you for stopping by Zane. It was such fun having you!
ZR: Thank you for having me. It was a blast!
Will Osborne couldn’t wait to put the roller coaster ride of his public education behind him. Having suffered bullying and harassment since grade school, he planned a senior year that would be simple and quiet before going away to college and starting fresh. But when a reform school transfer student struts into his first class, Will realizes that the thrill ride has only just begun.
Lennox McAvoy is an avalanche. He’s crude, flirtatious, and the most insufferable, beautiful person Will’s ever met. From his ankle monitor to his dull smile, Lennox appears irredeemable. But when Will’s father falls seriously ill, Will discovers that there is more to Lennox than meets the eye.
Lennox leaned forward until Will could smell the peppermint on his breath and the smoke on his clothes. He shivered again and tried to make himself back away. But his body didn’t seem to want to cooperate any more than Lennox. Will met his eyes—could see himself reflected in them. They looked like a pair of pennies, bright and bronze as if they were sitting in a shallow, sunlit fountain. It was a beauty Will didn’t want to think about.
“You don’t have to tease so much,” Lennox whispered. That smile stayed on his face, and Will had to look away. His eyes fell on his hands gripping his chair and the white knuckles under his skin. If he looked in those eyes again, he would do something stupid. Like slap Lennox—or kiss him.
Zane Riley wrote his first work of fan fiction in the fourth grade, a Star Wars story in a notebook recently unearthed from the back of a closet.
Zane is a transgender writer and recent recipient of a degree in English: Creative Writing from the University of Mary Washington. Go Your Own Way is his first novel.
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