Finding Inspiration in A Kind of Truth with Lane Hayes – Post + Giveaway

January 9, 2016

Finding Inspiration in A Kind of Truth

New York City is one of those special places that offers seemingly endless inspiration. Famous landmarks, world-class restaurants, eclectic neighborhoods and hands down, some of the best people-watching in the world! For any writer, it’s a must. I could sit on a park bench in Central Park or in a SoHo café all day and never get tired of listening to the different dialects and observing the diverse crowds.  People rushing to work in designer coats and fashionable boots or tourists in sensible walking shoes carrying selfie sticks. I can hear Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” and I swear I believe it when he sings, “if I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere.”

That’s exactly how Rand O’Malley feels when he lands in Manhattan with two buddies and a big dream to take the music world by storm. A Kind of Truth pays homage to the brave souls who are willing to set fear aside to aim for the loftiest of aspirations. Rand is one of those guys. He’s willful, wild hearted, cocky and supremely confident that his band, Spiral, has what it takes to make it to the big time. Well… once he finds a reliable guitarist. Details that make most people stop and reconsider their motivation or sanity don’t stop Rand from taking chances and making wild leaps of faith.

I’ve been asked a few times if I’m like any of the characters I’ve written. I can say with the utmost sincerity, I am nothing like Rand, though I wish I was. Lol! I love being around people who exude a palpable energy and seem more vibrant when they’re engaging in the world around them rather than observing. Writers are generally consummate voyeurs. You might find me sitting on that park bench, but Rand wouldn’t last long enough for his latte to cool before he’d jump up to move on to the next location.

A Kind of Truth was an absolute joy to write. I loved setting book one of my newest series in my favorite U.S. city. I’ve made a point to visit NYC a couple times a year over the last decade or so. It was helpful to have a visceral understanding of the streets Rand and Will walked, the food they ate and the music they’re passionate about. Moreover, I loved these characters. Rand’s relentless energy and sense of humor contrasted well with Will’s serious nature. If you’ve read any of my previous books, you may have guessed this is an “opposites attract” story. The rock star and the geek. Ahh… it never gets old!

This is ultimately a story about finding your truth beyond the thrill of attaining a goal. It’s about the things we give away in order to achieve the impossible. And making room for what we learn we can’t live without to find our own kind of truth.

Giveaway Opportunity!

Travel is a huge inspiration to me. NYC is definitely number one on my list of places I love to visit. It’s followed closely by San Francisco, Washington DC, London and Paris. Do you see a trend? I’m a city girl! Walking through a crowd city and soaking up the sights and sounds is absolute heaven! I’d like to giveaway 2 $10 gift cards to Dreamspinner Press.  For a chance to win, all you have to do is name your favorite place and why you love it.  For example… I love Manhattan. It’s a walkable city with tons to do and see. Central Park is an absolute must. Here’s a picture of the park I took on my last visit in November. Gorgeous!


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Thank you so much for stopping by today! I’ll be checking in often to say hello, so please be sure to leave comments!

Happy Reading!

Lane Hayes xo


A Kind of Truth is available now! In English & German (Die Wahrheit, die ich meine…)
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A Kind of Truth

Die Wahrheit, die ich meine…


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*Here’s an inspiration pic of Rand, by the way ☺.  Swoon…

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44 Responses to “Finding Inspiration in A Kind of Truth with Lane Hayes – Post + Giveaway”

  1. Jen CW says:

    Hi Lane! Thank you for the great post. I love learning more about the inspiration that goes into characters for a book.

    I love visiting Kauai. It’s not overly touristy and there are many beaches that you can go to and only see a few people on them. There’s just something about being in Hawaii, the air, the sea, the ability to relax. My next favorite place is San Francisco. I lived in the Bay area for a few years and loved it. The restaurants, the city, the places to visit outdoors like Muir Woods and the Lands End/Sutro Baths areas are amazing too.

  2. Angela says:

    Congrats on the release of A Kind of Truth. As for your question, i live in a small village myself and i wouldn’t want to live in a city but i do like to visit city’s.

    I’ve been to many city’s around the world but the most beautiful city i ever visited (so far) is Paris. It is nice to walk around and see the old buidlings, museums and the street artist. You can feel and taste the history of Paris. And at night to see all the lights, just amazing.

  3. Elizabeth Gray says:

    Sounds like a book I will be adding to my reading list soon. I love to go to St. Augustine, FL. I have been three times, and next year I will be taking my best friend to see the city. It’s her first. I can’t wait to show her the best part.

  4. Lane Hayes says:

    Hi Jen! I’m a big Hawaii fan, but I have to admit I haven’t been to Kauai. Next stop for me for sure! I love San Fran. My oldest son lives there so I have the perfect excuse to visit as often as I like!

  5. Lane Hayes says:

    Hi Angela- I LOVE Paris! My husband asked me to marry him 24 years ago on a little bench overlooking the River Seine. It’s one of my favorites and always will be. Thank you for sharing! xo Lane

  6. Lane Hayes says:

    Hi Elizabeth! I’ve been to Florida a couple times but it always seems like I’m in and out of airports. I’d like to see the Everglades and Miami is up there too! Hope you enjoy the book!

  7. T. says:

    Hi. There’s a little city-town called Media in PA. The main part isn’t that big but I love to walk around there on nice days and it’s always decorated with tons of lights during the holidays. It’s like a little chunk of Old City Philadelphia was dropped there.

  8. Trix says:

    I love San Francisco for its bookshops, record stores, museums, and bakeries!

  9. Amy Kathryn says:

    My niece is a freshman dance major and is talking about heading out to LA this summer to take classes and go on auditions. She is so much braver and adventurous than I was at that age.

    I love to travel now and I can never keep a favorite city for long, but if I had to answer I would say Barcelona for the moment. The food, architecture, and ambience just drew me in.

  10. Yvonne says:

    Congrats on the new release which will make it to my Kindle soon.
    I’m a city girl as well, can’t get enough of walking around a city taking in all the sights. London will always be my favourite place; the history that’s everywhere,the parks and other unexpected quiet spots combined with the hustle and bustle of a major city. The fact that I spent some very happy years there counts of course. SF is still on my bucket list but I loved NYC and Washington DC when I visited years ago.

  11. Laetitia says:

    Hi ! I have to say : The cover of this book is really tempting! I loved your work with the better than serie and Wright and Wrong !
    As a French I will be unloyal to my country but I love Paris anyway but the thing are not so “wahou” when you can see them every day :)
    I realized my dream last year by going to Japan. I simply fell in love with Kyoto. It is a timeless, Zen city, and full of marvels… the Golden Pavillon and the Fushimi Inari thrilled me. In this city merge modern and ancient in a subtle mix which completely seduced me

  12. Janie says:

    I would love to visit NYC at Christmas. See the atmosphere and the lights. Also somewhere in Italy. Its so stunning and looks amazing. Congrats on release Lane & thanks for chance!!!

  13. Amy Casey says:

    Congrats Lane in the release!! So excited to read this one, love my rockers!!! My favorite place to visit St. Augustine, Florida! I love the old feel, the brick streets, the little shops, on the water, all the history. It’s so beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  14. sue montalbano says:

    Cape Cod is my lifelong favorite place. History, sand, the ocean, it’s perfect.

  15. Lane Hayes says:

    Hi T! That sounds lovely! I’m originally from the Midwest and there so many quaint towns with beautiful old homes, antique shops and down-to-earth people. I’d love to visit again soon!

  16. Lane Hayes says:

    Hi Trix! You’re a girl after my heart! San Fran is also one of my faves. It truly has some of the best bakeries and restaurants in the country!

  17. Lane Hayes says:

    Hi Amy Kathryn! Your niece will love LA. It’s an exciting town with a ton to do. Driving the freeways isn’t fun but once you’re at your destination, it’s great. Lol! I’ve never been to Barcelona. I’ve been to Madrid though and I loved it. I hope to get back to Europe again soon. :-)

  18. Lane Hayes says:

    Hi Yvonne- We’d do just fine walking around cities together then! London is one of my faves too. I have an urge to get back to Britain! It’s been too long. Definitely plan a trip to San Francisco some day. It’s a spectacular place! You won’t be sorry. :-)

  19. Lane Hayes says:

    Hi Laetitia- Oh how I love Paris! I understand what you mean about seeing the same sights all the time though. I live in Southern California and I’m not as easily impressed by the Hollywood sign or Rodeo Drive anymore. The beaches here are gorgeous. <3 Someday, I'd love to go to Japan too. Your trip sounds amazing! :-)

    And yes!! I agree. The cover for A Kind of Truth is fantastic! Aaron Anderson is very very talented!

  20. Lane Hayes says:

    Hi Janie- Thank you! And yes, definitely plan a trip to NYC at Christmas time. I was there the last weekend in November last year and it was wonderful! Nothing like NY to put you in the holiday mood! :-)

  21. Lane Hayes says:

    Hi Amy! I love that you love rockers! They are sooo fun to write about! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts. I’d like to plan a real getaway to Florida sometime. Miami is on my list for sure!

  22. Lane Hayes says:

    Hi Sue! I’ve never been to Cape Cod. I can’t believe it! It’s definitely on my list. I love Boston. I’ve been there a couple times and I even went to Salem. But Cape Cod is on my “some day” list. :-)

  23. waxapplelover says:

    Great post. I feel the same way about places to visit. I love cities! My favorite would definitely be San Francisco. So easy to navigate. I love all the different areas, like Chinatown, Japantown, Fisherman’s Wharf, etc.

  24. H.B. says:

    Congrats on the new release!

    I’ll have to pick San Fran for the foods and sights. I love window shopping and picking up little cute gadgets I can’t find at home.

  25. Travel these days is a challenge, but I’d have to be honest and say I have always enjoyed travelling through my choice of books.
    Back to reality: my favourite would have to be a felucca down the Nile to the Great Pyramids.
    Second, Edinburgh for the Tattoo, then Last night of the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall.
    But I can say I have been to Disneyland (the original) 5 times LOL
    PS and stood on the beach in Vanuatu where South Pacific was filmed, singing “I’m gunna wash that man…” yep, gay!

  26. Lane Hayes says:

    Hi Waxapplelover! I’m a big fan of San Fran as you may know. ;-) I absolutely love it! The weather, the food, the people. It’s a fantastic city!

  27. Lane Hayes says:

    Hi H.B.! I love San Fran too! I’m hoping to get there next month again. It’s a fantastic city!

  28. Lane Hayes says:

    Hi Bachelorboy- You’ve had some wonderful experiences! I love that you’ve been to Vanuatu! :-) I’m with you though… Edinburgh for the Tattoo is on my bucket list too!

  29. Helaneh says:

    I love all your books ! I have each single one. Not lying. I devoured them all. I of course bought A Kind of Truth and I can’t wait to read it !

    My favorite place , was my old bedroom before I moved. I had this little book that I good sit on and it was right by the window. I would sit there and just look outside. At anything . At everything. The birds, the trees, the people , the yapping dogs (this particular chihuahua that wouldn’t stop barking ) , all things. I would watch from the window . I would watch it go from light to dark. I loved it especially during Autumn and whenever it rained or snowed. Autumn was my favorite because the colors were so beautiful and I would just open my window and smell the air . It was a very tranquil time . It was my me time. Where I didn’t have to think about anyone or anything. I could just sit , watch, and listen. The noise wouldn’t have touch me then. I miss that . I don’t have that place anymore . So, I just drive now. Or I just sit outside and look at the stars , which are surprisingly clear in my new neigborhood.

    I know that’s some exotic place and it’s common but I haven’t really traveled much. Id love to . So I can find another favorite place , but for now , at least then , that was my favorite place.

  30. Helaneh says:

    *not some exotic place

  31. Lane Hayes says:

    Oh Helaneh, I LOVE your response. I agree that sometimes our happiest place is at home. Sometimes there is nothing I love more than to be in my comfy reading chair at home cuddled up with a book. It’s nice to let an author be the tour director every once in a while and visit exotic places via the page. That is part of what makes books so special.

    And thank you! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed my stories! I hope you enjoy Rand & Will’s story too! :-)

  32. Serena S. says:

    First off, congrats on the new release! I just started the book and I’m loving it. <3
    I haven't travelled much so one place I definitely like Florianópolis. Such a warm place with great people and the beaches are great.
    And I can't wait to read your upcoming works. :) Good luck!

  33. Lee Todd says:

    congrats on your new release
    I love Great Keppel Island, the water was so clear and calm

  34. Lane Hayes says:

    Hi Serena! Thank you! I’m so happy you’re enjoying A Kind of Truth! I’m going to have to look up Florianopolis. Lol. I’m thinking it must be in Greece. Mmm.

    Book 2 will here in late spring/early summer! xoxo

  35. Lane Hayes says:

    Thank you Lee! I’ll have to look up Great Keppel Island as well. I thought I was good with geography but obviously I could brush up a bit! :-) Some of the beaches in Hawaii are like that too. I was in Waikiki last summer. The water was turquoise. Absolutely gorgeous!

  36. Juliana says:

    My favorite place is Florence, Italy. I lived there for three weeks during a study abroad and fell in love with the city. I’m not very adventurous or brave but I felt safe on my own in the city exploring without my group mates. While it is one of the large cities in Italy it is still very much an old world feel and I feel like I could happily live there, not just visit.

  37. Shannon Barney says:

    I love Portland Oregon my hometown! Been away from it for about 10 years now and I miss the people, the atmosphere. Being less than 2 hours away from either mountains or the ocean!

  38. Lili says:

    My favorite city so far has been Barcelona, Spain. Love the architecture, the art, the history, & food. :)

  39. Lane Hayes says:

    Hi Juliana! I’m so jealous! Florence is one of my favorites too! I was there 4 years ago and once before when I was 21. It’s stunning!

  40. Lane Hayes says:

    Hi Shannon! I Love your hometown too! I’ve been to Portland a couple times. The food, wine, people… wonderful! I’ll definitely go back!

  41. Lane Hayes says:

    Hi Lili- You’re the third or so person to say Barcelona. It’s definitely high on my list of places to see! Now it’s moving up! xo

  42. Gayle O says:

    I am also a city girl and love NYC along with SF, Chicago, Washington, DC, and Boston. I say NYC instead of Manhattan because I like all of the boroughs (my dad was from Staten Island). I have special love for The Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park, which is a part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. If you’re not familiar with it, it is a combination of various real medieval abbeys from the European continent, some as old as the 10th century, which has been reconstructed North of Manhattan. On a lovely spring day with the sound of birds chirping and insects buzzing, you can walk through the dappled sunshine with the sound of Gregorian Chants softly coming from invisible speakers in the rafters as if you can overhear the monks at prayer in an adjoining room. It is especially stunning when they decorate the rooms for Christmas in an era-appropriate way. I have only been to The Cloisters 4 times but it has been a life-changing and life-affirming experience each time.

  43. Lane Hayes says:

    Hi Gayle- I’m not familiar with the Cloisters but I’ll definitely look them up when I’m back in the city in the spring. It sounds amazing!

  44. Dreamspinner Press says:

    Congratulations to T. and Janie! They won the contest! Please email hayley[at]dreamspinnerpress[dot]com to redeem your prize!

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