Louise Lyons:- A big welcome to Paul, the main protagonist from Conflicted. How are you doing, Paul?
Paul Appleton:- Not bad.
LL:- You initially said no when I asked for an interview. What changed your mind?
PA:- I realized refusing was probably just making me look like a muppet. As a rule, I don’t care what people think, but I don’t want your readers to dislike me completely. They probably will anyway, when they read how I behave in the first few chapters of the book. *grimaces*
LL:- Do you regret anything you’ve done in the past?
PA:- *laughs* Where do I start? The biggest one would be punching Greg. The trouble with me is, I always act or speak first, and think later. It was the same with scratching Jamie’s car. He forgave me, but I would take that back if I could. I was acting like a stupid kid that day.
LL:- How did you feel about getting arrested?
PA:- I’m used to it! But on that occasion…well, all I could think about was my best friend, Skip, and how I should have been there for him, instead of locked up in a cell.
LL:- I know how hard that was for you. Let’s move on to a lighter topic. I asked Greg this question too, when I interviewed him at my blog release party on Dreamspinner Press’s blog on August 20th. What happened when you saw Greg in the gay bar?
PA:- I was about to hook up with some guy I liked the look of. I saw Greg, and I veered off to the toilets. I was thinking, damn, everyone probably knows Greg’s gay and he’ll go home and tell people he saw me in here. He came over to the bar and asked me about it, and I ended up joking. Not like me at all! *laughs* It turned out that Greg was in the closet as much as I was. We talked for a couple of minutes and he said sorry about what happened to Skip. I knew it wasn’t his fault, but I was upset when he brought it up, so I came across like I was angry, and walked out.
LL:- You were pretty determined not to get involved with him to start with.
PA:- Yeah. I didn’t want to be in a relationship. They always ended in tears for me, whatever kind they were. I’d never actually had a relationship with a bloke, unless you count Skip, but he was my friend more than anything. Somehow I ended up wanting Greg more than I wanted to keep away from him, if that makes sense.
LL:- What was it that attracted you to Greg in the beginning?
PA:- Are you kidding? Have you seen the dude? *coughs* Blond, blue-gray eyes, muscles everywhere…um…let’s just leave it at that.
LL:- How did you feel about telling your friends? Both about being gay, and being with Greg?
PA:- *shrugs* I didn’t care by then. If they didn’t like it, too bad. I had Sharon’s support, and Skip would have loved it. I was surprised by some of their reactions – Sharon’s little brother, Shane, in particular.
LL:- Why do you think Shane behaved the way he did? He’s normally such a sweet, caring person.
PA:- Let’s leave people to find that out for themselves. *fidgets and looks at wristwatch*
LL:- Good idea. We don’t want to give too much away. I won’t take up anymore of your time. You look as if you have somewhere else to be.
PA:- Yeah. Good luck with it all. *heads briskly for the door*
LL:- Thanks, Paul.
Two competing gangs of car and drag racing enthusiasts with a shared history of pain and rivalry leading to outright hatred. Two men from opposite sides of the tracks, yet more in common than they’d like to admit.
Paul Appleton is a troubled man who has never been in a relationship, having lost everyone he cared for in his life. His mother died when he was very young and subsequently, he lost his brother and his best friend. Now Paul is convinced love will always end in tears.
Greg was living on the streets after his parents died and was stabbed by a junkie, ending up in hospital. The Buchanans took Greg under their wing while doing charity work, and Greg joined their loving family when he was adopted. He and his siblings are also car enthusiasts with much more money and therefore better cars than Paul Appleton’s gang.
When they eventually find a connection, Paul fights his feelings and tries to convince himself his lover is only a temporary bit of fun, but Greg has other ideas.
Louise Lyons comes from a family of writers. Her mother has a number of poems published in poetry anthologies, her aunt wrote poems for the church, and her grandmother sparked her inspiration with tales of fantasy. Louise first ventured into writing short stories at the grand old age of eight, mostly about little girls and ponies. She branched into romance in her teens, and MM romance a few years later, but none of her work saw the light of day until she discovered FanFiction in her late twenties.
Posting stories based on some of her favorite movies, provoked a surprisingly positive response from readers. This gave Louise the confidence to submit some of her work to publishers, and made her take her writing “hobby” more seriously.
Louise lives in the UK, about an hour north of London, with a mad Dobermann, and a collection of tropical fish and tarantulas. She works in the insurance industry by day, and spends every spare minute writing. She is a keen horse-rider, and loves to run long-distance. Some of her best writing inspiration comes to her, when her feet are pounding the open road. She often races into the house afterward, and grabs pen and paper to make notes.
Louise has always been a bit of a tomboy, and one of her other great loves is cars and motorcycles. Her car and bike are her pride and joy, and she loves to exhibit the car at shows, and take off for long days out on the bike, with no one for company but herself.