ABOUT THE BOOK
Living in the Shallows
6 Things I Want People To know About My Books
1. I wrote them for my young students (I’m a substitute teacher, all grades) who were losing their minds over a certain boyband “taking a break”. I didn’t set out to write a War and Peace, or The Fault In Our Stars (though wouldn’t that have been wonderful?!), or even something “significant”, except for maybe to those aforementioned young and new adults. It is a wish fulfillment fantasy for anyone who’s wished to meet lovely young men who will love the person you are, not necessarily what you look like.
2. Not every book is happy. As I said above, this began as a project for me and my kids. The first few are very typical of teen fiction, new adult romance, whatever you want to call them, though maybe a little explicit for younger readers? But the later books go to a very dark place, explores the scary side of extreme fans.
3. The main character is an amalgamation, a mishmash of me, my daughter, even my son and husband! And while her face does resemble my daughter, who’s on all the covers, she is not a super skinny, model-looking girl. She is a normal height, and more importantly, a normal weight. She gets ridiculed for this fact in the books, but it was really important to me that everyone know her height and weight; I go out of my way to mention these numbers. She’s not overweight, that’s not what I’m saying; the point I wanted to make is that she’s normal.
4. While I did have a certain boyband in mind when I wrote this, especially for the characters of Theo and Ronan (you won’t have to squint too hard to figure out who they’re modeled after :o), this is a work of fiction. All of the characters have backstories that are completely made up by yours truly, and all of the situations are from my imagination, though I tried to make their responses as realistic as possible, given the implausibility of the whole premise; namely a shy, introverted music student who gets a job as an interpreter for a band.
5. Some of my older beta readers questioned the authenticity of some of my characters’ behaviors and language, but, based on my observations in the classroom, this is how young people behave and talk, and these are the things they talk about. I knew my kids for a long time, since I was a sub and would show up in their classrooms year after year. They were very comfortable with me, and told me things that they didn’t even tell their parents, sometimes.
6. All of the characters go through significant changes. The books span a period of five years, and the years of a person’s early twenties are a tumultuous time. Tink at the beginning of the first book is a different person from Tink at the end of the seventh. Ditto for all the boys. Which was kind of the point. And I hope it’s a fun journey.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Living in the Shallows
by Tani Hanes
GENRE: New Adult/Romance
Aileen is a bilingual music student with a chronic case of poverty. She gets a dream job as an interpreter for a boy band making a movie in Japan. Having spent her life as a sheltered, shy only child in the rarefied world of classical piano, she is utterly unprepared for this new world, these boys and their frank physicality and openness. Theo, especially, the known playboy and unrepentant flirt of the group, makes her uncomfortable in a way she's never felt before, and ultimately Aileen, or Tinker Bell, as she's known to the boys, has to decide if she's ready to leave the sidelines and become a participant in her own life.
The laughter and talking had stopped as soon as they entered the room and saw me. They stood, as if unsure what to do. The boy with the long brown hair recovered his composure first and held out his hand.
"Hello, I'm Theo," he said in a deep voice that didn’t quite match his young boy look. He had a British accent, too, though it was different from Betsey's. He added a smile as we shook hands, and I saw gray eyes and dimples to go with the perfect teeth.
The blond boy, whose eyes were a dark, rich brown, held out his hand next. "I'm Ronan, nice to meet you." For a moment, my jet-lagged brain refused to process the words because his accent was so thick. I desperately flipped back through all the movies I'd seen, trying to place it. Irish. This boy was Irish. Just as I was wrapping my mind around that, the redhead stepped forward.
"Hi, I'm Gethin, pleasure to meet you." He, too, had a lovely smile, but his eyes were green. And his accent was different, kind of British, but more sing-song, with elongated vowels, like English on a graceful roller coaster.
Was there something in my coffee besides coffee?
The curly haired boy stepped forward to introduce himself. I stared at him warily. He had stunning dark blue eyes, which contrasted with his brown skin, and the longest eyelashes I'd ever seen on a boy. Given what had come out of the other boys' mouths when they'd spoken, if he started speaking Icelandic or produced yet another English accent, I was going to jump right out the window.
He held out his hand, and as I reached for it, he said, "My name is Matthew, and I'm very happy to meet you." I nearly yanked my hand back. This boy was Scottish, sounded just like Professor McGonagall from Harry Potter, and looked like he should be breaking hearts on the Nigerian soccer team.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
My name is Tani Hanes, and I am a 51 year old substitute teacher. Im 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!
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