1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
Well, I’m a wife and mom. I have a pre-teen and teen daughter, which both love to keep me on my toes, and out of my ever-loving mind.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I love to hike, reading is a no-brainer considering I love to write, and I’m terribly obsessive about my garden gargoyles. Weird, I know. In the grand scheme of things, I’m a sci/fi geek, and love video games too.
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
I normally jot it down, in one or two idea files that I have, and begin to research the depth of the world, and get a feel for what I’m dealing with. I’ll then search out movies that follows the same genre, and start constructing a plot based on some of the background images, and from whatever other vibes I get.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
Anything, and everyone. Life in general is inspirational.
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
I don’t have a favorite story per say. I love all my books. Though, the most enchanting so far has to be A Gift From Fate. I love stories that have mythical elements.
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about? Urm…I’ve had more wardrobe malfunctions than Janet Jackson. All have taken place in very public places, and once while I was at my old job. That’s all I’ll say.
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
They’re mostly from my imagination. Although, I’m working on a new series in which I’ve tapped into my high school experience. Should be very interesting to see how it turns out.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
Does “pain in the ass” qualify?
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
I already write fantasy, paranormal, contemporary, and historical, which covers a lot of ground. I have thought about writing non-fiction, and a thriller, but I’m just not ready to steer in that direction just yet.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
Seeing as I like to read different genres, here’s a very short list of my favs (this list could easily get long): Jessica Subject, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Ann Mayburn, Tessa Dare, Monica McCarty, Christina Dodd, and Julie Garwood.
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
I can’t choose. They’re all my favorites.
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
The hardest thing, I think, is to try and not take things so personally. Everything about this business is subjective. Criticism shouldn’t be taken as a personal attack; merely just an opportunity to look elsewhere, or find another way to make your work shine.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
Network, network, network. It’s vital. Get your name out there. And while you might not have a book that’s published yet, when that book gets published, your name will have already been out for a while.
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
Trying to be a writer. It’s always been a dream, and I’m not one to give up so easily.
15. What would be the perfect Romantic getaway?
My husband and I, have different opinions on the very subject. I’d love to go exploring ancient ruins and castles. While he’d love to hang on a beach somewhere far, far away.
Well now that we got the question and answer out of the way…..why don’t you tell us about your latest story you have out now?
Sure thing! A Sinful Education is book 2 in the Pleasure Garden Follies series. The third and final installment Her Deviant Lord is tentatively scheduled for release this November. Here’s the blurb:
Lord Charles Avonlea has evaded marriage over the last year, but his mother is determined to find him a wife. Far from consenting to any of her choices, he sets his sights on the one woman unavailable to him, his best friend's younger sister. With no regard for the law or her impending nuptials, he is determined to make Lady Emily Thompson his bride. The only trouble is, he’s stumbled upon dangerous information and hopes he can get to her before it’s too late.
Stunned and dismayed at discovering the arrangement between her mother and the Duke of Downsbury, Lady Emily Thompson searches for a way to break the marriage pact with the duke. She longs to be with the only man who indulges her curiosity, yet finds herself in the middle of a scandal that will crush her dreams forever.
Will she find a way out of marrying the duke, or will she find herself in the same predicament at the previous duchess? Which was dead.
“There are a handful of young ladies I have my eye on. Would you take care in paying attention? I will only mention their names once, and I will begin arranging for some informal meetings.”
Avonlea’s inards twisted and knarled with anxiety. Would fate be so cruel to make him go through this again? The painful memories were too much to even give thought to in the presence of his mother and aunt. At least the woman had suggestions. Though, he could not wait to hear what prizes she had to offer. “What if I had my own list of women I was considering?”
His mother scoffed. “Pray, amuse your ailing aunt and I, who is on this supposed list?”
Of course, she’d ask me for examples. “There is Lady Emily Thompson, the Marquess of Stoughton’s sister. I have also considered—”
She gasped loudly. Her bright blue eyes widened with visible shock. The look alone spoke volumes. He was in trouble. “You will not tarnish our family’s reputation by bringing in a Thompson. Scandal will only follow. Or did you happen to miss last season’s events?”
How could he? It was as if the devil had his hand in the unfortunate and untimely deaths of the Duke of Brimley and the Duchess of Downsbury. He could not have been happier that Nathaniel and his marchioness finally were together.
And then there was the marquess’ sister. Emily was an attractive girl. She had somehow managed to get under his skin. He had thought of her on occasion these last few months. He had even departed Madame Martine’s without finishing the evening’s festivities. There were moments whenever he saw a redheaded young lady, when he somehow wished it had been her.
Yet here was his mother exclaiming how much she disapproved, even though Emily had played no part in the scandal. “If that is your only objection to the girl…her familial relations cannot be helped. One cannot be at fault for who they have for a mother. Pity that. Though, you have piqued my curiosity. Pray tell, who do you think would be my match?”
“At the top of my list of recommendations is Lady Eloise Morton.”
“Was that not the chit Lord Thompson’s mother tried to pawn on him?”
“How eloquently put, you clod. More politely put, she was jilted. She’s nice, comes from a good family, and she’s pretty enough.”
“Pretty enough! What in damnation does that have to do with anything?”
“A pretty one is easier to take to bed than an unsightly one.”
While his mother spoke the truth, he was beguiled more by a woman who spoke her mind. He needed a companion who was sharp-witted, one who did not cower at the first sign of a challenge.
“La! Do not tell me you prefer slightly unconventional girls, Charles?”
“No. Though, a plain girl would not make many demands, nor have high expectations,” Avonlea chided while he tapped the edge of the table, waiting for his mama’s reaction. When she swatted him, he only laughed in response.
“My dear boy, I am simply considering our lineage. Think of the excellent structure you have. Were it not for the inheritance of my mother’s eyes, and your fathers very appealing… Nevermind that. Anyway, I have the most handsome of men for a son, who’s an Earl at that. So, begin to behave as one.”
Avonlea smacked his forehead. “Mother!”
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Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Layna discovered her love of reading at an early age. When she isn’t devouring salacious romance novels or writing, she enjoys losing herself in researching ancient history and mythology, weaponry, and hiking. She lives in Northern Ontario, with her husband and two daughters.
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