Christine Young

I am a writer and avid reader of romances particularly historical romances. Please join me on my journey through time

Christine Presents ~ Living in the Shallows by Tanie Hanes

Please welcome Tani Hanes author of Living in the Shallows.

Tani Hanes will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.



Living in the Shallows

by Tani Hanes


GENRE:   New Adult/Romance



  1. What or who inspired you to start writing?

I’ve always wanted to write, trite as that sounds. One of my earliest memories is of wanting to write down the stories my Japanese grandma told me, and being frustrated because I didn’t write Japanese well enough!

  1. How did you come up with ideas for your books?
    I am a substitute teacher, have been for fifteen years, so I’ve known most of my kids since they were very young. My high school girls were freaking out and upset over a certain boyband going on hiatus, and also about how they didn’t seem to be getting along as well as they used to. I thought we could all use a fantasy wish-fulfillment of some sort, where the boys were beautiful, not going on a break, and really loved each other and the heroine of the book. I wanted my books to be satisfying on those levels.
    What expertise did you bring to your writing?

I know a lot about swimming, piano, knitting, and Japan, all of which are crucial components of my heroine’s personality. I was also a language major, so I love everything about grammar and usage. You won’t find tense changes or misuses of “lie” and “lay” in my writing lol.

  1. What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio?

That I love to talk to them!! I don’t think I put that, but I love it when readers reach out to me.

  1. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?

Well, Living in the Shallows is the first of a seven book series, all of which are complete, though the later ones are rough. So I’m polishing them as we speak!

  1. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

I might want to be Janelle, Gethin’s sister. She’s only referenced in LitS, but has a large role to play in the whole series, in the later books. She’s feisty and speaks her mind. She also ends up with one of the guys in the band, which ain’t bad :o)

  1. If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your leading roles?

So this is obvious, I guess, but I would love for Harry Styles to play Teddy. It would be like Colin Firth playing Mark Darcy in Bridget Jones’ Diary. He’d be playing a part written based on who he is. And Niall Horan as Ronan is a no-brainer, too. I always pictured Jamie Bell as Gethin, though he’s a bit older than Geth IRL. And I’d like my daughter to play Birdie. She’s on the covers, and she’s a senior in college, a theatre major, so it could happen! Matthew has always been the problem, because I wrote him to be too perfect to be real; I mean, his eyes, his hair, just his general beauty, plus the fact that he has a Scottish accent?? What was I thinking?

  1. When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?

Actually it was my girlfriend. We were sitting in my living room on my fiftieth birthday, and she told me to just get a legal pad and a pen, and BEGIN. Thank you, Tamara!!

  1. What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)

Best advice came from my only writing teacher, Wayne Wightman, who is a fantastic Sci-Fi writer. He said to never stop writing when you were stuck, hung up. You should always stop for the day when you knew exactly what you were going to write next, when you were dying to get to it! This was the best way to guarantee you’d come back to it. And he was right.

The worst advice might be just general stuff about content that I’ve gotten from myriad people, solicited and not lol. EVERYONE has an opinion, but ultimately you have to do what you feel is best.

  1. Do you outline your books or just start writing?

I made lists of things I wanted to cover in certain chapters, to ensure I wouldn’t leave anything out. In my case it wasn’t too hard, since the seven book series is linear and chronological, and all told from the same POV as well.

  1. Do you have any hobbies and does the knowledge you’ve gained from these carry over into your characters or the plot of your books?

As I said above somewhere, I know music, swimming, Japan, language, and knitting; all of these things are huge in this series.

  1. Do you have an all time favorite book?

Lolita, if you can believe it. And To Kill A Mockingbird. But both describe a loss of innocence, so they do have that in common.

  1. Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?

Still working on these guys; there are SEVEN, after all :o)—into serious revision on number four at the moment.

  1. Who is your favorite actor and actress?

Hmm. Too many to name, I think. Tom Hardy?

  1. Can you tell us a little about the black moment in your book?

There isn’t really one, though there are a couple of dark moments, I guess. Like I said, I wrote this as a fantasy wish fulfillment, so it should feel happy for the most part. There are some bumps in the road, though, like the fallout from when Teddy tries to kiss Birdie for the first time. That was pretty messy, in many ways.


  1. What is your favorite reality show?

I don’t have one, don’t watch a lot of TV, actually.

  1. Can you tell us a little bit about what it was like to write a series.

Both frustrating and fulfilling. Frustrating because many people want to judge based only on the first book, which I’m perfectly willing to admit has some flaws! And my heroine, Birdie, is someone at the beginning that some people might not like; but she changes, which is kind of the point, it just takes seven books to tell the whole story. It’s fulfilling because I got to tell the entire story, at my own pace. It’s all in there.





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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Tani Hanes will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.





5 comments on “Christine Presents ~ Living in the Shallows by Tanie Hanes

  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Lisa Brown
    January 30, 2017

    Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  3. achristay
    January 30, 2017

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

  4. Victoria
    January 30, 2017

    Great post – thanks for sharing 🙂

  5. Ally Swanson
    January 31, 2017

    Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

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