Author Name: Zane Riley
Book Name: Go Your Own Way Book one
Release Date: May 5, 2015
About the author:
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.
In his spare time, Zane is a musician and frustrated fan of the Baltimore Orioles.
Where to find the author:
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/zanenebula
Goodreads Link: goodreads.com/Zane-Riley
Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: Cover Art by Colleen M. Good; Design by BuckeyeGrrl Designs
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.
Pages or Words: 326 pages
Categories: Contemporary, Erotica, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, New Adult, Romance
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.
INTERVIEW WITH ZANE RILEY
Who in history would you like to have met?
Anne Frank has always been someone I’ve wondered about. I always wonder what her future might have held in a different reality. Who would she have been if she had lived? How much more impactful would her story have been if she’d been around to tell it herself, in speeches or interviews or in conversations with others? What sort of movements might she have supported or involved herself in? Or would she have chosen a quiet life away from everything? I like to picture her as similar to what Elie Wiesel has been to the world, but at the same time I wonder if the full weight of her story would have been lessened if she had lived. It’s a sad thought to have, but so many people at the time might have discredited her and turned her truth away because she was a young women. In general, I always wonder about those who die so young: What sort of potential and hope and brightness is lost to the world once they’re gone?
Will technology save society or destroy it?
Ultimately, I think destroy. Technology has given us so many incredible things. I have friends all over the globe, in countries and places I have never been, because of technology. I’ve got a computer, calculator, GPS, communicator, and Game Boy all on one device in my pocket. I recently read an article and saw a video about a pair of sunglasses that allowed people who are colorblind to see all of the colors they’ve never seen before. That’s incredible! But technology has also given us advanced weapons with the ability to destroy massive amounts of life. Despite all the wonderful things we can create and do, I think at some point those weapons are going to be used. People in power tend to be less flexible and open about understanding and accepting the differences of others, whether its nations or individuals, and eventually I think that hostility will bring about the worst.
If you could be a super hero what power would you want?
Water-breathing with a side of immunity to enormous amounts of pressure. I’d love to be able to just dive way down deep into the ocean and explore. The majority of the planet is covered by water and so much of it is still filled with unknowns and questions. Being able to go down, all the way to the deepest parts of the ocean floor to see what lives beyond our sight would be the greatest vacation for me.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
That’s a tough one, but I’m going with my original one as a kid—R.L. Stine. I was a huge Goosebumps fan when I was younger (still am, to be honest) and read the entire series of sixty some odd books. That series is what made me love reading in early elementary school. I always wanted more, and once I read all of them I explored what else was out there beyond his works. He’s not my favorite writer anymore, but he’s got the special title of “First Favorite” because without him I wouldn’t have gotten into reading and then into writing my own stories.
If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I probably would have stuck with psychology or anthropology. Before I found my place with writing, I was an anthropology major and I really enjoyed all the different cultures I got to learn about. Psychology is a secondary interest of mine as well. I particularly loved learning about the different areas of the brain and what parts of it controlled different bodily phenomenon and reactions. Either of those could have worked out.
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