Author Interview: Lauren Layne

OUR BOOK OF THE MONTH AUTHOR!

We are back with our latest author interview with the fantastic woman behind this month’s Ashley Brooke Book Club selection, The Prenup.

Have no fear, if you haven’t finished the book or scooped up a copy yet, we made sure there are no spoilers in this one. So feel free to read without anxiety, but seriously, you’ve got to pick this one up ASAP! 😉

We are so excited to continue talking about The Prenup because we feel like it is such a fun book with a unique story and we hope you’re enjoying it as much as we are!

So without further ado…

LIGHTNING ROUND Q&A:

WHAT ARE YOU READING RIGHT NOW?

LAUREN: I read almost nonfiction and Regency romance exclusively—odd, I know, for a contemporary romance author! On the historical romance front, I’ve been making my way through Eva Leigh’s backlist, and loving everything she writes. On the nonfiction side, I’m reading a a biography about Teddy Roosevelt called The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt which is fantastic, and I thought I’d “discovered it” until realizing that it won the Pulitzer Prize in 1980. Soooooo, just a little late to the game!

WHAT WAS YOUR LAST AMAZON PURCHASE?

LAUREN: Honestly? Toilet paper. I just received a box of like 36 rolls. HAHA! Here in Manhattan we don’t have Costco or Walmart, so we rely pretty heavily on Amazon Prime to save money on household supplies!

WHAT’S YOUR STARBUCKS ORDER?

LAUREN: I buy a bag of Starbucks whole beans (Cafe Verona, usually!) every week, so that I can grind it at home and have really delicious french press every morning. If I am going to go for a “fancy” beverage at Starbucks, it’s usually two shots of espresso on (extra) ice with one pump of vanilla, or peppermint mocha if it’s the holidays!. 

WHAT IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?

LAUREN: Eating Extra Toasty Cheez-Its while coloring, often with a glass of wine. It feels so wildly indulgent and always can make a bad day (or a good one!) better.

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE CELEBRITY OR FICTIONAL CHARACTER?

LAUREN: I’m a pretty big Harry Potter fangirl, so I’d have to say Hermione Granger (fictional) as well as her real-life counter part (Emma Watson). I confess I’m also more obsessed with all things Kate Middleton than is probably healthy!

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT ONLINE OBSESSION (WEBSITE, INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT, ETC.)

LAUREN: I really love Camille Styles. She’s so aspirational and relatable! And I’m crazy about Fashionable Hostess’s Instagram feed! I wouldn’t change my little Manhattan apartment for anything, but I totally live vicariously through her gorgeously set dinner, cocktail, and pool parties in Miami!

WHAT IS NEXT IN YOUR NETFLIX QUEUE?

LAUREN: I’m actually on an unintentional TV/movie hiatus at the moment—haven’t turned on the TV since November and it feels amazing. But when I do get back to it, I’ll be all over Schitt’s Creek final season!

Okay, Let’s Chat “The Prenup”

I LOVE THAT MOST OF YOUR BOOKS ARE SET IN NYC. YOU SEEM TO HAVE A LOVE AFFAIR WITH THE CITY. HOW OR WHERE DOES YOUR INSPIRATION COME FROM?

Thank you so much! I never really intend for NYC to play such a starring role in the stories, but the city is so alive, and to your point, I love it. So it tends to act like its own character in most of my books, even without me realizing it! This is a lame answer, but the inspiration seems to just come from living in the city. It’s an elevator ride, a quirky trip to the bodega (what New Yorkers call our little corner grocery stores), a date night at some fancy cocktail bar … when I sit down to write, all those layers of my real life feel like they sort of just spill onto the page.

THE PRENUP IS A SELF PUBLISHED WORK BUT YOU’VE PUBLISHED MANY BOOKS THROUGH TRADITIONAL CHANNELS. WHAT WAS IT LIKE PUBLISHING THE PRENUP AND WHAT PUSHED YOU TO SELF PUBLISH?

Okay, real talk? I self-published The Prenup because nobody in traditional publishing wanted it! My plan and intention was definitely to traditionally publish it the way I had my 30+ books before that, and all of my books since. Alas, it was universally rejected. It was perhaps a blessing in disguise though. By self-publishing, I got to do something very different and unique with the cover that I couldn’t have done in traditional publishing. Not to mention, complete creative control over the story. And though it didn’t strike a chord with publishers, it was my best book release in 5+ years and has really continued to perform above and beyond any of my expectations, so I’m really grateful that readers have been so receptive to the story even if it wasn’t a fit for traditional publishing.

I LOVE THE CONCEPT OF CHARLOTTE AND COLIN’S STORY–WHERE DID THAT IDEA COME FROM?

I honestly wish I remember—it feels like the idea was just there. I will say that more than almost any other book I’ve written, this story seemed to come to me “fully formed.” There was no figuring out “what happens next,” it just sort of seemed to write itself. Which is rare, but really, really nice 🙂 

WHERE DO YOU DO YOUR WRITING?

Ugh. I want to tell you it’s at a glamorous lady-boss desk in a chic office, but the truth is that I do about 80% of my writing … from bed. I’m an early riser, and I also believe that one of the most important tips for entrepreneur or creative success is to do your most important work first—for me, that means hitting my daily word count before I even think about email, Pinterest, or blogging. Back in 2013, in an attempt to build that “write first thing” habit, I’d tell myself I had to write 1,000 words before even getting out of bed in the morning. It stuck a little too well! Now, my daily word count has grown quite significantly, but I still do it from bed, whether I’m at home or in a hotel bed. Really, the only exception is if I’m on deadline and have to get up really early (3am) before my husband, and then I’ll take my laptop into our dark living room, light a scented candle, and crank out some words before the sun comes up. But usually, it’s bed. Sometimes I’ll even crawl back into bed later in the day if I’m feeling inspired and want to get a few more words in! I’ve accepted my process, though I have taken strides to make it feel a little less dumpy. I keep fresh roses and pretty candles in sight of my “writing view,” and I always write with the blinds up so I can see the NYC skyline (our bed is right next to the window)!

Read-A-Likes

passion on park avenue // to all the boys i’ve loved before (series) // my (not so) perfect life

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14 Comments

  1. Jordan
    January 16, 2020 / 9:09 am

    I loved this book! It was so easy to get lost in the story. Before I knew it I had read nearly half the book in one afternoon. Thank you for the recommendation!

    • January 19, 2020 / 8:51 am

      That is so wonderful to hear, I really appreciate the kind words, Jordan!

  2. Jennifer
    January 16, 2020 / 1:28 pm

    I loved this book and love it even more that it was self published! What an accomplishment?!! I will definitely be adding more Lauren Layne to my TBR list.

    • January 17, 2020 / 4:49 pm

      Jennifer, So happy to hear! Definitely read The Central Park Pact series next, you’ll love it!

    • January 19, 2020 / 8:51 am

      Jennifer, thank you! Your comment definitely made me smile 🙂

  3. Ashley
    January 17, 2020 / 8:20 am

    I loved this book and found it because I loved Passion on Park Avenue! Did not know it was self published so cool!

    • January 17, 2020 / 4:50 pm

      Crazy right?! Agreed, it was just so good!

  4. Cathryne
    January 17, 2020 / 1:01 pm

    I loved this funny and adorable book! I started to read the book on a snowy weekend trip Utah, and couldn’t put it down when I got home. I enjoyed getting to know Charlotte and Colin.

    The Prenup is the first book I’ve read by this author. I’m looking forward to reading her other books.

    Thanks, Ashley for the recommendation!

    • January 17, 2020 / 4:50 pm

      Cathryn! I am so happy to hear this! You HAVE to read her series called The Central Park Pact next… you will LOVE!

    • January 19, 2020 / 8:52 am

      Cathryne, thanks so much for taking the time to read The Prenup, as well as taking a moment to share kind thoughts on the book. I genuinely appreciate it.

  5. Ashley K Davis
    January 25, 2020 / 12:15 pm

    Loved the book!! It was fun with an original plot in which I genuinely LOLed at times. I am impressed to learn you self published this book! Way to go!! (FYI while reading the book I pictured Charlotte being played by Annie Murphy from Schitt’s Creek in a movie/TV series wink). Thanks for the picking this book for January’s book club Ashley!

    • Betsy Storey
      Author
      January 25, 2020 / 12:49 pm

      Ashley, yes!! Annie Murphy is SUCH a good choice for Charlotte–I love it!

    • January 27, 2020 / 9:38 am

      Ashley, thank you for taking the time to leave a such a sweet comment. I’m thrilled you love the book!

      xo – AB

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