Author Interview Living in the Shallows


Have you been writing for a long time?

I’ve been a scribbler, but no, I started writing the U.K. Crush series to celebrate a birthday recently. Like a present to myself for surviving child rearing!

What inspired you to start a writing career?

I’m like everyone, I think: Always wanted to, never felt confident, etc. I finally figured if I didn’t do it now, it would never happen. I mean, it’s not like anyone’s going to prod you, you have to just begin. 

Is this book a stand-alone or part of a series?


This is the first of seven, all complete, for the most part, though the other six still need significant edits and rewrites. If they were movies, what’s called principal photography would be complete. And these characters go through a lot!

Why did you choose this genre?


Well, I love a certain boy band, and I knew fans were full of trepidation over their impending break. I’m a substitute teacher, and I was around these teens every day. I thought a story like this could make them feel better lol! And I knew I’d enjoy the writing of these books very much.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?


Sounds so trite, but BEGIN. Write what makes you want to write, not what you think others will want. And never stop for the day unless you already know how you’re going to pick up the next day; that is to say, don’t stop at a hard part. That’s almost a guarantee that you won’t want to pick up the next day. Stop when you’re on fire to get to the next part!!

About the Book

livingshallowsTitle: Living the Shallows

Author: Tani Hanes

Genre: YA Romance

Aileen Foster, a shy, 22 year old student from LA, thinks she has landed a dream job as an interpreter for some actors making a film in Japan. She gets a surprise when she arrives in Tokyo and finds out that they are UK Crush, the hottest boyband around. She has been orphaned for most of her life, and it’s a shock for her to enter their world of frank physicality. The boys come to love her, and Aileen is forced to look at her life and choices, and decide if she’s ready to be brave and start living.


Author Bio

My name is Tani Hanes, and I am a 51 rear 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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  1. Tani Hanes

    Thank you for being a host on my blog tour, and for the questions! Here are some additional links for anyone trying to reach or find me:

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